Today the e-Governance Academy signed an agreement with an e-governance foundation in Africa, located in Tunisia, to cooperate in the field of e-governance in French-speaking countries in Africa and in the Middle East Region.

According to the agreement, both parties will cooperate and develop e-governance awareness-raising programs, offer consultancy services, carry out training sessions and seminars, and cooperate in research and field studies. Moreover, a high-level annual African forum on e-governance will jointly be organised next year.

Arvo Ott, Executive Director of e-Governance Academy said that the agreement is a result of a year-long good cooperation with Tunisia. “In promoting e-governance, it is crucial to understand the country’s context and simply to talk the same language. AeGIDF will help us customize our documents and IT platforms regarding African countries’ needs. It is much simpler to develop cooperation projects having country and culture experts on board.“

The founder of the African e-Governance for Inclusive Development Foundation (AeGIDF), Farouk Kamoun pointed out that the agreement gives a good possibility to promote eGA’s competence and experience of developing and implementing e-governance. “Estonian know-how is very useful to develop Tunisia and promote e-governance in other African countries.”

Ezzeddine Larbi, the co-founder of AeGIDF said that the cooperation between the two foundations gives a win-win solution for both: Tunisia wins from the know-how and experience of Estonia and Estonia gets a partner to promote their experience among African governments.