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Vice-President of the Riigikogu Keit Pentus met the Prime Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully in Toompea. The honoured guest received an overview of the Estonian tax system, the viability of the nation’s financial sector, the functioning of the e-state, the IT-sector and the possibilities for using the ID-card. 

The meeting also presented an opportunity to exchange ideas on the political systems and the functioning of the parliaments of the two countries. The Vice-President of the Riigikogu stressed the willingness of Estonia to take the bilateral relations between the two countries to the next level, with parliamentary relations playing an important part. Pentus as well as McCully stressed the importance of high level visits which would also involve business delegations. “Estonia has a unique investment climate, and our income tax system which allows entrepreneurs to invest their profits without paying tax on these is attractive to local as well as to foreign businessmen. A business delegation could observe Estonia’s favourable economic environment first hand and companies could make direct contacts,” Pentus explained.
 
McCully promised to relay the information and his positive impressions of Estonia to his parliament and the relevant organisations, in order to give a positive impulse to the development of bilateral relations.
 
The Chairman of the Estonia-New Zealand Parliamentary Group Imre Sooäär also took part in the meeting.
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
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