Ukrainian Delegation Visits Estonia to Learn About E-Government

A Ukrainian delegation has visited Estonia to get an expert evaluation of their e-government concept, according to a statement one the website of the Administration of the President of Ukraine published on June 12.

Led by advisor to Ukrainian president Mikhail Fyodorov, the delegation met with Estonian authorities on June 10–11. The parties met to discuss future collaboration in the development of new technologies, as well as to get consultations about Ukraine's govtech concept “Government in a Smartphone.”

Fyodorov stated that Estonia was the first government in the world that conducted digital elections and reached a 99% rate of services delivered online. The official claimed that the goal of Ukraine is to implement the most to-date and innovative technologies and approaches for their govtech concept.

According to the announcement, the delegation has carried out more than 10 meetings with major Estonian authorities, including representatives of the European Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Information Systems Agency, Estonia's E-Governance Academy, and others.

The Estonian government has been actively applying blockchain technology in multiple services and administrations, claiming that they were the first country in the world that adopted blockchain tech in its production systems for ensuring the integrity of digital records and systems.

In 2016, Estonian authorities announced an initiative to deploy blockchain technology in healthcare records in partnership with United States data system service provider Guardtime. Estonia has also applied the technology to is e-residency programs and among public notaries.

Recently Cointelegraph reported that Estonia, along with the United Kingdom and Norway, will soon present the results of a blockchain pilot for digitizing government records of national archives.