Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid say the world must come together and make efforts to overcome the effects of Covid-19 and climate change.
The two heads of state and government issued their appeal after a meeting in the State House in Nairobi, where the Estonian head of state also visited Africa for the first time.
The two heads of state stated that increased investment, digital transformation and trade will be crucial to strengthen relations between Kenya and Estonia.
However, they stressed that more efforts should be made on Covid-19 and climate change, the two key issues that have affected the lives of people of all walks of life and social classes around the world.
“The devastating effects of Covid-19 on a global scale require immediate and effective action by the international community as a whole to counter this. The two presidents agreed on the need for universal access to vaccines against Covid-19 and called on the international community to increase vaccine sharing to ensure vaccination for all, “they said in a joint communique.
Ms. Kaljulaid arrived on Wednesday evening on an inconspicuous trip that was described as of great importance. The term of office of President Kaljulaid, who is loudly advocating women’s rights, is expected to end this year.
She is also the UN Global Advocate for Every Woman and Every Child, whose role is to promote the rights of women and children.
Both Kenya and Estonia are non-permanent members of the UN Security Council until the end of 2022.The council is an important platform to find solutions to challenges that affect everyone.
“The two Heads of State emphasized the urgent need to address climate change and its impact on the environment and global efforts in this regard. The two heads of state have welcomed multilateralism as the most appropriate way for economic and social reconstruction in times of pandemic, “reads the joint communique.
The UN members are expected to meet in Glasgow in November come together at the COP26 Conference of the Parties to a Framework Agreement on Climate Change.
Estonia, a member of the European Union, has often played its role in Africa through the EU. It only has one resident embassy on African soil in Cairo, Egypt. On Thursday, President Kaljulaid said she supported the latest Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the East African Community.
The EPA should have certain privileges for goods from the East African Community entering the EU market in exchange for one gradual access for EU goods to the region. But only Kenya pushed ahead with the implementation of the agreement after other EAC members cited a lack of protection for their local industries.
President Kaljulaid, whose country is one of the. is the most digitized in the world, should meet at different times with Safaricom bosses, officials from the tax-exempt App Bolt and high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Education, as well as take part in a business-to-business event at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi.
Estonia was one of the pioneers of e-voting and in 2015 tested online voting for local elections during the elections in which Ms. Kaljulaid retained the presidency.
< p class = "align - justify"> The country operates an electronic ID system, one of the most advanced in the world, which allows owners to remotely register travel documents or even insurance certificates. It means that you can apply for travel documents without entering the office. They also have an electronic residence permit that allows individuals, including those outside the country, to access certain services electronically. The country was known for e-schooling long before Covid-19 forced schools to adopt one.
In Estonia, parents can remotely monitor their children’s achievements at school check and contact teachers directly.
Other digitized services in Estonia include delivery services by robots, electronic prescriptions, mobile parking, language learning and filing taxes.
Kenya has also tried to start these services but some like the school laptop project and a centralized ID system have not started yet. The laptop project promised in 2013 was embroiled in procurement controversies and almost stalled.
However, Estonia has announced that it will use its IT specialty to expand its business relationships with the continent. According to the country’s ten-year regional strategy until 2030, a full embassy is to be opened in Nairobi by next year. Estonia traditionally handled relations through a non-resident ambassador based in Cairo. The country also plans to strengthen relations with the African Union continental organization, which has its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.