The world’s leading experts in e-Governance along with governmental and non-governmental decision makers, donors and civil society groups are meeting this week in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss the ways and means of transferring knowledge and techniques, and sharing information on effective e-Governance in this information age. 
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, and Floyd Levi, Chairman of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), are among approximately 350 delegates from 115 countries attending the Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017 on May 30th and 31st.  Estonia stands out as one of the world’s pioneers in ICT and e-Governance. 
The conference was formally opened by the President of Estonia, H.E. Mrs. Kersti Kaljulaid.  The opening ceremony was also addressed by Guyanese Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP (organization of African, Caribbean & Pacific countries). 
Participants witnessed a first-hand demonstration of Estonia’s highly lauded model of e-Governance and during the two-day conference they will discuss several innovative e-Governance solutions that have already been proven successful in countries such as Namibia, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Serbia, Mauritius and Kenya.  
Minister Hughes will also be a member of a panel that discusses: “ICT in the Service of Sustainable Development Goals”.  In addition, industry experts will explore the strategies used by many countries to build their domestic e-Governance strategies, the lessons they learned and the best practices developing countries could adopt. 
Before the conference, Minister Hughes had the distinct pleasure of visiting the Parliament of Estonia, and engaging in one-on-one discussions with key delegates.   
Estonia is located on the European continent, sharing borders with Latvia and Russia.

Minister Hughes (center) with Secretary General of the ACP, Guyanese Mr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes (r) and NDMA Chairman, Floyd Levi (l).

Minister Hughes with Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghanian Minister of Communications (2nd right), and Head of e-Government services in Ghana, Jeffery Addo (extreme left).