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The Vice-President of the Riigikogu Taavi Rõivas is currently at a working visit to Malaysia and Singapore together with a business delegation. Today, he met the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore Charles Chong.

Rõivas and Chong discussed ways to tighten cooperation between Estonia and Singapore in the field of digital services. Rõivas said that Estonia has a lot to learn from Singapore’s Smart City concept and its implementation, while Singapore has expressed interest in the Estonian e-governance and digital identity. “Although Estonia and Singapore are geographically far removed from one another, the two countries have very similar ideas – such as zero tolerance of corruption, support of innovation, but also emphasis on digital development,” Rõivas said.

A business seminar was also held in Singapore today with Estonian businesses meeting local entrepreneurs and investors. Yesterday, Rõivas took part in the international technology conference Slush Singapore where he told the story of the Estonian e-state. Tomorrow, Rõivas will move on to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, where he is also planning to take part in business seminars and meetings of business delegations.

During the visit, Rõivas will also meet the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Minister of Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary, and Minister of Trade and industry Sim Ann. He will also give a public lecture in the renowned Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and is one of the keynote speakers at the Innovation Labs World conference, dedicated to e-governance and digital society.

The Vice-President of the Riigikogu is accompanied in Singapore and Malaysia by a 34-member business delegation that represents 25 companies, mainly from the field of technology. Food and defence industries are also represented.

The visit will last until 27 September.

Photos of the meeting with the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore.

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