Yesterday, May 18, marked the start of the 6th e-Governance Conference „Giant Leaps Start With Small Steps“, which is held online for the first time ever.
Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart stated that participating in the e-government conference is an excellent opportunity for Tallinn to share its’ experiences as an internationally recognized leader in the development and implementation of e-services. "The importance of high digital capabilities has been seen by cities and communities around the world in the current crisis. Tallinn has been able to cope and adapt quite well to the changing circumstances, this is thanks to functional e-solutions," noted Kõlvart. "It is crucial to share our experiences and best practices, this is one of the reasons why the conference has been convened. Digital solutions are no longer a mere alternative, efficient solutions are being sought everywhere. In the case of digital innovation, Tallinn definitely leads the way. ”
Tallinn’s programme was kicked off yesterday, May 18 at 2 pm with a video greeting from the Mayor. This was followed by a presentation by City Secretary Toomas Sepp "Digital Change: From Paperless Governance to Digital Democracy". In addition, Tallinn is also represented in the virtual Expo Hall, where Tallinn's e-services, innovative solutions, as well as the city as a tourist destination are introduced through video presentations and discussions.
Tallinn City Government has invited officials and politicians interested in the development of e-governing in their partner cities to participate in the conference. This year, 50 participants from 23 cities and international organizations have registered for the conference as guests of Tallinn, including Berlin, London, Zurich, Warsaw, Vienna, Chisinau, Tbilisi, Kiev, Vilnius, Riga, Beijing and other cities. During the four days, the participants have the opportunity of exchanging ideas and asking questions in a live chat from City Secretary Toomas Sepp, City’s IT Director Martin Männil and Innovation Manager Toomas Türk.
The international e-Governance conference will take place as a web conference on May 18-21 and can be accessed here - https://ega.ee/et/event/egovernance-conference-2020/. This year's conference will focus on the challenges facing governments in supporting citizens and businesses online.
The e-Governance Academy has been organizing the prestigious e-government conference with high-level speakers since 2015. The conferences have been attended annually by almost 400 participants from nearly 100 different countries and organizations. With the aim to introduce Tallinn's e-services and contribute to the country’s image as an e-state, the city of Tallinn has been a co-organizer of the conference for many years.