A Japan-Estonia e-governance forum taking place in Tokyo on Wednesday featured opening remarks by Japan’s IT Minister Takuya Hirai and was attended by hundreds of Japanese companies. Krabu Grupp was also invited to attend this event along with other Estonian IT companies.

Speakers from the Estonian side include Väino Reinart, Estonia’s ambassador to Japan, Viljar Lubi, deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for economic development, and Arvo Ott and Hannes Astok from the e-Governance Academy.

Representatives of 600 Japanese companies attended the forum, while the Japanese language version of the Green Paper of the e-Governance Academy will also be presented in the framework of the event, the Baltic Times reports.

Before the e-governance forum, a series of business meetings between Estonian and Japanese companies was held. Representatives of Estonian IT sector discussed mutual business opportunities with large corporations as well as governmental and municipal development offices.

Briefly about Estonia-Japan e-governance forum
Meeting at Fuji-Xerox

“We had meetings with heads of R&D departments of such companies like Mitsubishi and Fuji-Xerox, as well as discussed possible cooperation with local IT and consulting companies. We felt great interest from the Japanese side towards Estonian achievements in the area of e-government solutions. We might say, that it was a good start for the future cooperation”, said Kirill Krabu, chairman of the Board of Krabu Grupp.

Ambassador of Estonia to Japan Väino Reinart said in his speech on the summarizing event, that it is quite a unique situation, when such a small country as Estonia becomes a role model for the e-government of 100 times bigger and well-developed Japanese nation.

Last week, Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas introduced Estonia’s e-governance solutions and discussed further steps of global digital policy in the field of artificial intelligence, cyber security and data exchange at a meeting of the digital and entrepreneurship ministers of the G20 countries held in Tsukuba, Japan.

This was the first time that Estonia was invited to take part in the G20 meeting format, which includes government and central bank representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.