Estonia, Amazon sign confidentiality agreement

  • 2020-07-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has signed a confidentiality agreement with the US retail giant Amazon, which is set to take effect from Aug. 1, Postimees reports.

The title of the contract -- AWS non-disclosure agreement -- signed digitally on Friday by Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Ando Leppiman, indicates that future cooperation with Amazon could concern cloud computing.

Last year, Amazon founded a subsidiary Amazon Data Services Estonia OU, the ultimate beneficiary of which according to the Estonian commercial register is Jeff Bezos. The subsidiary has yet to file any financial reports and does not appear to have engaged in any business activity.

Amazon representatives also visited the launch event of the largest data center in the Baltics, which will be built in Estonia's Saue rural municipality for over 100 million euros. 

Non-disclosure agreements are a normal business practice in the technology sector and a prerequisite for discussing any cooperation opportunities, said Siim Sikkut, deputy secretary general of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for ICT.

"Public authorities, too, have signed them with private enterprises in such cases," he said, adding that the agreement does not concern any plans to see data centers built in Estonia.

Sikkut said that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications wants Estonia to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all major technology platforms, including large-scale players, in order to further develop the digital state.

The objective is for Estonia to have a diverse package of cloud solutions at its disposal to facilitate the provision of services to its citizens, according to Sikkut.

The confidentiality agreement serves as a prerequisite for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Amazon to be able to discuss cooperation opportunities, including those in the area of cloud computing.