Estonia is promoting its ambitious plans in the digital technology sector by hosting an International ICT week.
The expectation is that the week will attract public sector opinion leaders, entrepreneurs, risk investors and international media.
Currently, Estonia lays claim to being one of the most advanced digital societies in the world with a high level of IT integration of government systems and online services provision. The country's implementation of e-Tax, e-Customs, e-Health and i-Voting systems has revolutionised accessibility and the quality of public sector services for its citizens.
It now takes 15 minutes to establish a company in Estonia, three minutes to vote online or submit a tax declaration, and one phone call to the doctor to collect medicine from a nearby pharmacy without a paper prescription.
Over the course of the week, different conferences and events will take place. Some dedicated to innovations and future plans in the field of IT, and others on the challenges of startup growth and finding follow-on investors.
Although current Estonian e-Society services are very innovative for many countries, there is a plan to introduce a no-legacy principle that would require the renewing all state IT systems and technologies after a certain amount of time.
The far-reaching idea would be to ensure the country’s governmental services stay in line with the ever-changing environment and development of technology.
ICT week runs from the 23rd till the 30th of April 2014.