IETO visited with the Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu to Estonia on 21 August 2019 and it was the first high-level official visit to Estonia from that country,
He arrived on the evening of Aug. 20, Estonian restoration of independence day, Naidu met the President Kersti Kaljulaid at Kadriorg .
He also met the Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) at Stenbock House and later with Riigikogu speaker Henn Polluaas, followed by the placing of a wreath at the War of Independence Victory Column in Freedom Square.
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) also hosted vice president Naidu at the foreign ministry, after which the latter addressed envoys of Estonia’s foreign representations. A visa freedom agreement for diplomatic passports was also signed at the ministry.
Topics discussed during the visit included the development of bilateral relations and possible cooperation in the UN and other international organizations.
After the foreign ministry event, the Indian vice president inspected the e-Estonia showroom in Ülemiste City, where both he and prime minister Ratas gave welcome addresses to an Estonian-Indian business forum, and presided over the signing of memorandums of understanding on cooperation in e-governance, and cooperation in cybersecurity, with the economic affairs and communications ministry, and the Information System Authority (RIA) respectively. The business seminar provided an opportunity for both nations’ representatives to develop business and tourism links,
President of the IETO, Dr. Asif Iqbal mentioned the close links Bangalore and Estonia enjoy and last year IETO delegation organised a MOU with the Ambassador of Estonia His Excellency Riho Kruuv with the Chief Minister of Karnataka State. Shri. H. D. Kumaraswamy where the discussions took place in the field of Cybersecurity, BlockChain Management and E governance.
With Victoria Saue, Head of E-Governance in Estonia.