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Prime Minister Jüri Ratas in Dubai: the digital society of the future is human-centered

10. February 2019 - 15:50

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 February 2019 – today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas gave a keynote speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Estonia’s digital advancement and future opportunities for developing public sector services. This year, Estonia is one of the official guests of the high-level summit.

“Digital solutions can make our economies grow, our governments more efficient, and the world a better place,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “We have witnessed this in Estonia.”

Ratas described how Estonia, which restored its independence in 1991, had to start everything from scratch. “We soon realised that our future and well-being depend on how effective and innovative we are,” he added.

“For the last 20 years, the Estonian public sector has been constantly developing its digital capabilities; we have been innovative and open. This, in turn, has helped to grow our economy and increase social cohesion,” Ratas said. “However, that does not mean we are resting on our laurels. We want our state services to be designed on the basis of the human life cycle. For example, if a child is born, the parents would automatically receive their personal identification code, benefits would be paid, etc. Anything that a person has the right to receive from the state – they should receive it automatically.”

Future public services will also be affected by the further development of technology. “There are already services in our public sector that work with automatic data collection or artificial intelligence, but there are even more services that are currently being developed,” said Ratas. “Estonia is looking forward to working with all other countries in building digital bridges between our countries and regions. This would help to accelerate economic growth and create jobs through the sharing of knowledge and experience.”

The World Government Summit is a high-level conference organised by the government of the United Arab Emirates for discussing the innovation and future of humanity in the public sector with 4,000 people from around 150 countries, as well as representatives of several international organisations (United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation). Additional information: