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The 5th annual international e-Governance Conference taking place on 21–22 May in Tallinn, Estonia will focus on digital transformation roadmaps and present case studies from African countries, the Caribbean region, Finland and Japan on how to empower innovation by collaborating across countries, regions and sectors. Additionally, special track is dedicated to the most fascinating developments of Estonian digital society.

According to Deputy Director of the e-Governance Academy, Hannes Astok, the 5th e-Governance Conference is a meeting place for all e-governance experts and enthusiasts over the world. “We are all in the different stages on our road but have the same goal to use digital technologies for our countries’ prosperity and people’s welfare. We invite governments, local authorities and businesses to take a closer look at future e-governance trends and to find inspiration from case studies to set brave goals and plan the next steps in their country,” said Hannes Astok.

The two-day conference will feature more than 30 experts and leaders in the area of digital developments from EU, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean region, Eastern Partnership countries and Japan. The conference will be opened by President of Estonia Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid and the President of Rwanda and Chairman of the Smart Africa Initiative, Mr. Paul Kagame.

The first day of the conference is dedicated to national examples of digital transformation and cross-border cooperation. In the keynote, Mr. Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President and Ms. Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner will speak about lessons learnt in cross-border cooperation within the European Union and African Union and also between the two unions. The list of speakers includes also Ms. Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda, Mr. Lacina Kone, Smart Africa, Mr. Siim Sikkut, CIO of Estonia, one of Canada’s key e-Government drivers Ms. Shauneen Furlong, Prof Robert Kimmer, TalTech, Ms. Natalia Aristimuno Perez, European Commission, and other e-governance experts.

The second day of the conference focuses on public-private partnership case studies and showcases digital transformation from cities and regions in Japan, Finland and Estonia.

At the conference, a special track is dedicated to the most interesting and forward-looking developments taking place in Estonia: Artificial Intelligence in governance, predictive public services at national and local level, data-based governance, e-health system, i-voting lessons learnt, and data driven and future-proof infrastructure.

The conference has an expo area where participants can meet with 15 providers of e-services and solutions that have made governance more efficient in many countries.

The conference is organised by the e-Governance Academy in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VFS Global and Tallinn City.

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