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PM meets Estonia President

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid yesterday to gain further insight into how her country used technology to transform its government services and attract international investment. Pictured: Prime Minister Minnis and President Kaljulaid discuss the use of technology in the public sector during a meeting February 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy BIS)

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid yesterday to gain further insight into how her country used technology to transform its government services and attract international investment.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) being held this week in Basseterre, St Kits and Nevis.


Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis believes The Bahamas can replicate the success experienced by the Republic of Estonia.

“The world is moving in the direction of digital transformation and if The Bahamas fails to prepare or keep up with advances it will be left behind,” the Prime Minister said.

Estonia is considered to be the world leader in e-government and digital innovation and has become a model for many countries looking to update and improve public services.

Transforming government services through the modernization and digitization of the public sector is a top priority for the Minnis administration, and is one of the key areas being monitored and supported by the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.

A Modernization Unit has been established in the Office of the Prime Minister, and senior government officials took part in e-Governance Training at Estonia’s e-Governance Academy in October 2018, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Earlier this year, representatives from the e-Governance Academy visited The Bahamas to hold meetings with private and public stakeholders who will be involved in transforming government services.

While all ministries have made progress to varying degrees, the goal is to streamline government procedures and services by making them available online, increase transparency and strengthen auditing and control mechanisms.

During the bilateral meeting Prime Minister Minnis thanked President Kaljulaid for her government’s assistance in helping The Bahamas move toward its goal to modernize and digitize the public sector.

The principal purpose for the meeting was to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest spoke of the need for innovation and fiscal resilience in light of global challenges this morning, as he delivered the opening address at the Royal Fidelity Bahamas Economic Outlook.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest gave opening remarks at Royal Fidelity Bahamas Economic Outlook yesterday. Read his full address here.

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