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21 African countries are interested in cooperation with Estonian entrepreneurs

10. May 2019 - 15:45
Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Andres Rundu and Lanka Dorby, COMESA’s Director for Information Technology
Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Andres Rundu and Lanka Dorby, COMESA’s Director for Information Technology

Africa’s 21-member regional economic organisation COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) is interested in using digital solutions developed by Estonian companies when implementing its digital free trade agreement project. The first is the “smart border” project where the Estonian company GoSwift is considered a potential partner.

According to Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Andres Rundu, Africa holds enormous potential that Estonian companies do not wish to ignore. “Their economy grows alongside their population and they are increasingly interested in taking up digital solutions. There are many potential opportunities for cooperation in this field which would benefit both Estonian entrepreneurs as well as African countries,” Rundu said. “With its 21 member states, COMESA is one of the most influential regional organisations in Africa. Their representatives have learned about the success story of e-Estonia and as a result, they have shown an interest in a closer cooperation with Estonia on state level. COMESA’s interest in signing a memorandum of digital cooperation with Estonia would create an excellent platform and opportunities for our entrepreneurs for entering the market of 21 countries, whereas entering the markets of these states individually would certainly be more time-consuming and difficult,” the Undersecretary said.

Undersecretary Rundu today met with the Lanka Dorby, COMESA’s Director for Information Technology and presented him with a letter to the Secretary General of COMESA to demonstrate Estonia’s interest in continued cooperation and its readiness to hold discussions on the memorandum of digital cooperation.

COMESA first plans to work on the “smart border” project where the Estonian company GoSwift is considered a potential partner.

“We have shown our solutions on various European Union borders to COMESA and consider their interest substantial. We hope to make quick progress with the smart border solution contract. It is positive that the state is firmly behind us on this issue and offers its support,” GoSwift’s board member Madis Sassiad noted.

The “smart border” solutions are part of a large-scale project of COMESA’s digital free trade agreement that is realised with European Union funding.

Photos of the meeting: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDoxw1A

More information about COMESA: https://www.comesa.int/

Additional information:
Armo Vask
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
armo.vask@mfa.ee
+372 637 7618
+372 5666 8581

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