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Prime Minister Ratas met in Abidjan with representatives from 42 African countries

30.11.2017

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 30 November 2017 – Prime Minister Jüri Ratas met with representatives from 42 African countries during the African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit, to discuss Estonia's campaign for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council. In addition, Ratas met separately with representatives from 7 countries, as well as Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairman of the African Union Commission.

‘The countries of Africa are quite familiar with Estonia’s e-government and digital society. They would like to learn from Estonia’s experiences and establish contacts between the countries as well as with Estonian undertakings. At the same time, the heads of state understand that development and economic growth begin with the people, education, and the creation of new jobs. I hope that, here, too, we will be able to share experiences and work together’, said the Prime Minister.

In addition to e-elections, cyber-security, and education, the summit also focused on opportunities for visa-free travel, the exporting of agricultural products, the development of the processing industry, the fight against climate change, environmental protection, the fight against terrorism, and tourism and bilateral relations.

The Prime Minister met privately with the President of Senegal, Macky Sall; the Prime Minister of Algeria, Ahmed Ouyahia; the Vice President of Gambia, Fatoumata Tambajang; the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth; the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs for Zambia, Nkandu Lou; the Vice President of the Seychelles, Vincent Meriton; and the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

This evening, Prime Minister Ratas will be travelling from the Ivory Coast to Ghana, where he will be meeting with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, European Union Ambassadors, and representatives of the NGO Mondo. In addition, the Prime Minister will be reviewing the results of Estonian development cooperation and lending support to the accompanying companies in establishing business contacts. The business delegation’s trip is being organised by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

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