Today, the President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor met with the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Allen Michael Chastanet and gave him an overview of the principles of e-governance of Estonia, encouraging the same to be developed in the small island state.
“e-Estonia has been built on the trust of the people,” Nestor said in introducing e-state services. “The Estonians trust the internet and have become used to the comfort that the e-services offer.”
Nestor also talked about the work of the Riigikogu. He explained that the daily work of the parliament is electronic and both the President of the Riigikogu and the President of the republic sign the passed legislation electronically. The people have also had the possibility to elect the parliament electronically for the past ten years.
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia expressed his interest in Estonian ICT solutions, e-elections and e-residency, acknowledging Estonia as a great role model for the small island state.
The parties also discussed global warming and its effect on the economy and population of Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia is a volcanic island in the Caribbean Sea archipelago of West Indies; it has a surface area of 617 square kilometre and a population of close to 170,000. The nation gained its independence from the UK in 1979. The Head of State continues to be Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented on the island by the Governor-General.