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Estonia and Israel signed a cooperation agreement to develop digital solutions

The Estonian Information System Authority and Israel’s ICT Authority concluded a cooperation agreement to develop the electronic identity domain and data exchange solutions.

As the first step, the two countries will cooperate in developing the ID software (DigiDoc) which would allow to give digital signatures in the systems of both countries in the future. They also plan to explore new possibilities for data exchange. As a result, Israel may join the X-Road platform in the future, which creates the preconditions for transnational data exchange.

Andrus Kaarelson, Acting Director General of the Information System Authority, appreciates Israel’s interest in e-Estonia and believes that the residents of both countries will benefit from the cooperation. ‘The more joint projects we have with foreign countries and the more experiences we share with them, the more ideas we will have for improving and developing our own e-country,’ said Kaarelson.

The bilateral agreement was concluded at the D9 Ministerial Meeting in Jerusalem on 21 November. D9 brings together the leading digital countries in the world. In addition to Estonia, Israel, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand, and Portugal are among the members of D9. The aim is to exchange experiences in the area of digital solutions.

The Information System Authority has previously concluded similar transnational cooperation agreements with several countries to improve cybersecurity: the U.S., the UK, Australia, and Japan.

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