Ottawa, Canada, 28 May 2018
Today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas assured to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, that Estonia and Canada are like-minded friends when it comes to developing digital societies. At the same time, Ratas expressed hope that the digital cooperation agreement between Estonia and Canada will bring the development of artificial intelligence to a new level.
‘Both Estonia and Canada are leaders in the development of digital services that make lives easier for people and entrepreneurs. E-services are Estonia’s strength, but Canada is currently conducting strong research in the field of artificial intelligence, which is the most epochal technology,’ Ratas explained.
After the meeting, Prime Ministers Ratas and Trudeau noted in their joint statement that by joining forces, the standard of living will improve for both Estonian and Canadian people and a new impulse will be given for research and development. This, in turn, will support inclusive growth as well as create new jobs and bridges in society.
For the next step of cooperation, Ratas invited Trudeau to be the first prime minister of Canada to visit Estonia – possibly already this autumn for Tallinn Digital Summit. Ratas is also the first Estonian prime minister to make an official visit to Canada.
The prime ministers also dwelt on defence cooperation. ‘I highly appreciate the contribution Canada has made for the security of the Baltic States and all of NATO. I hope that the military presence of Canada in Europe will continue,’ Ratas said.
The prime minister assured that the trans-Atlantic trade with Canada is important, as well. ‘The trade agreement between the European Union and Canada will provide a decrease in foreign trade restraints, a clear set of rules, and a sense of security, which make up the basis for good economic relations,’ Ratas said.
This morning, Ratas met with Harjit Sajjan, the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Geoff Regan, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and George Furey, the Speaker of the Senate of Canada. In the afternoon, meetings will be held with Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Scott Brison, the President of the Treasury Board, and Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada.