Estonian president discusses digital cooperation, climate issues with Chilean colleague

  • 2020-01-17
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on an official visit to Chile, discussed intensifying cooperation between the state agencies and businesses of the two countries primarily in the field of digital and cyber security, but also climate issues and topics related to the United Nations Security Council with Chile's President  Sebastian Pinera during a meeting that took place on Thursday evening Estonian time.

"Relations between Chile and the European Union have been close historically and cooperation is intense in several areas starting with the economy, civil society, but also on matters of climate. Estonia and Chile are both innovative nations and it is our wish to further intensify interaction. We see potential in the first place in the field of digital and cyber security, where Estonia's experiences are highly valued," Kaljulaid said after the meeting.

After the meeting, representatives of Estonia and Chile signed a memorandum of understanding that creates the framework for exchanges of experience and next steps in cooperation in the field of cyber security, spokespeople for the Estonian president said. 

"Communication between state agencies is important and creates a common space of action, however, specific projects by our entrepreneurs, their capability and possibilities to sell their know-how globally are at least as important. It makes Estonia and its economy bigger. Several Estonian companies are active in Chile already today," the Estonian president said.

In the evening, Kaljulaid met in Santiago with executives of CMPC Minico, local partner to Estonian company Timbeter, and Falabella, partner to Cleveron. The head of state is accompanied on the trip by an Estonian business delegation.

The second major topic dealt with at the meeting of the presidents was climate and the environment. Chile is the presiding nation of the UN convention on climate change this year and Estonia has set the goal of moving towards a climate neutral economy by 2050. The Estonian president emphasized after the meeting that in matters of climate, no country and no region can in fact afford the position that they are too small to take part in saving the world. 

The heads of state also discussed the international security situation, with the president of Estonia introducing Estonia's plans as member of the UN Security Council. The heads of state agreed about further communication on the subject to exchange information about developments in their respective regions. Chile was a member of the UN Security Council five years ago.  

On Friday, Kaljulaid will attend the opening of the Chilean National Institute of Cyber Security, visit the Federico Santa Maria Technical University as well as the National Congress of Chile. The president of Estonia will then travel to the city of Punta Arenas in southern Chile, where she will visit the Chilean Antarctic Institute on Monday.

The official Estonian delegation includes Ivari Padar, chairman of the Estonia-Chile parliamentary group, Ott Vatter, manager of the e-residency program, and representatives of several Estonian companies.