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E-residency, education, e-governance drives India-Estonia ties

India has announced the opening of an Embassy in Tallinn, capital of Estonia, by year-end and there are number of reasons why New Delhi has decided to do so as part of its efforts to enhance diplomatic presence in Europe including Baltics.

Estonia and India are currently non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and have indicated areas of mutual cooperation. Besides there is increasing interest from Estonian entrepreneurs towards the Indian market.

Estonian e-residency program continues to be popular among Indian people as it enables establishing and managing an EU company fully remotely which is very practical during the ongoing pandemic. Estonia also continues to be an attractive destination for higher education seekers as several programs in English are available and Estonia is known for its high quality of education.

It may be noted that Estonia and India are celebrating 30 years from the establishment of diplomatic relations. The EU leaders including Estonia will meet prime minister Modi in May in Porto during the EU-India leaders’ meeting.

Cybersecurity is one area where there is potential for Estonia and India to continue to work together and a bilateral cybersecurity dialogue with India may be set up. In 2018 Estonia entered into a MoU with Telangana which includes a cyber component. In 2019, India and Estonia decided to cooperate on cyber issues and e-governance and emerging digital technologies during the visit of the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Estonia.

India has decided to enhance its engagement with Nordic and Baltic states eyeing cooperation in the areas of high technology, Artificial Intelligence, green technology and investments.