Following the visit of the President of the Republic of Estonia, Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, to the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis Basseterre, which hosted the CARICOM Heads of Government Conference and which Ms. Kaljulaid attended as a Special Guest, part of the Estonian delegation proceeded with a campaign visit to the region. In the course of the next ten days, the delegation planned to visit three countries – Costa Rica, Honduras and Cuba. On 1-3 March Estonian representatives, Ambassador Margus Kolga and diplomat Mari Tomingas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, paid a visit to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and met with Vice President of the Parliament María Inés Solís Quirós, Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura, as well as with Minister of Science and Technology and Deputy Minister Paola Vega.
At all meetings, views were exchanged concerning Estonia’s UN Security Council candidature as well as potential cooperation in the areas of e-governance and digitalisation. Costa Rica and Estonia have been working together in the United Nations for years, chairing together the transparency subgroup of multinational pressure group ACT (Accountability, Coherence, Transparency) and negotiating the resolution on UN PA working methods, as a result of which the election process of the Secretary General became more open and inclusive. Members of Estonian Government have met with their Costa Rican colleagues on multiple occasions in the past six months. Costa Rica has been seriously interested in Estonia’s experience in e-governance and various digital applications and expressed aspiration to consult and learn from Estonia’s experience. Costa Rica has adopted its national Digital Transformation Strategy in October 2018, with President Toomas Ilves attending the event in Costa Rica as a Special Guest. All interlocutors expressed readiness to proceed with a more substantial cooperation with Estonia in the area of digital transformation.