The e-governance conference being held in Tallinn on 12 & 13 May as part of ICT Week is set to be attended by e-state experts from 36 governments, who will discuss issues related to cyber security and the effective organisation of e-governance.
The majority of those who have registered for the event so far are from member states of the Eastern Partnership, but government representatives will also be attending from countries as exotic as Singapore, Tajikistan, Mexico, India, Bangladesh and Vanuatu.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves describes the conference as a meeting place for bright ideas. “Estonia really is showing the way for a lot of governments around the world when it comes to arranging e-governance and cyber security, but we can still learn a lot from the examples of other countries and the strides they’re making in development,” he said.
Among those taking part in the debates at the conference will be Dmytro Shymkiv, the department head of the administration of the President of Ukraine; Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Lviv; Thea Tsulukiani, the Minister of Justice of Georgia and a politician renowned for her bold reforms; Taras Oliinyk, the head of the State Agency for e-Governance in Ukraine and Elmir Velizadeh, the Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies.
Discussing the challenges involved in coordinating national cyber security and its impact on e-governance will be Matthew Johnson from Guardtime and Vitalie Tarlev, Deputy Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Moldova. Representatives of Microsoft and Oracle will be showcasing the latest IT solutions for use in the organisation of e-governance.
The e-Governance Academy will be running six workshops at the two-day conference to encourage the exchange of ideas. The workshops will focus on academic, political and practical issues. The academic workshop will look at the creation of future e-services, while the political workshop will examine e-governance models in member states of the Eastern Partnership and the practical workshops will provide useful tips, for example on arranging e-parking in towns and cities.
The conference is being organised by the e-Governance Academy in association with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Microsoft, the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership and Tallinn University of Technology.