Estonia may be a small country, but it is well represented all over the world in addition to the Embassies, Permanent representations and consulates general there are 186 Estonian Honorary Consuls in 82 countries in total. In the beginning of July, 111 of them gathered in Tallinn for the VII conference of the Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Estonia. SignWise with its cross-border service co-sponsored and presented at the event.
The sponsorship part meant providing personalized digital ID test-kits along with smart-card readers for each and every Honorary Consul so they could test SignWise e-signing and authentication service as well as i-voting provided by Cybernetica. This came to life thanks to collaboration with Trüb, e-Governance Academy, Aktors and Elion.
One might not know, but the number of countries where electronic or digital ID-s exist is quite big. But there are also quite a few countries where the eID-s have been emitted but where there are almost no existing e-services to use them with. So a digital ID test-kit along with a functioning e-service to test it with sparked curiosity in many Honorary Consuls.
Also attending the conference was the Estonian Minister of Foreign Trade and Entrepreneurship Mrs Anne Sulling who stressed the importance of closer engagement with the Estonian Honorary Consuls – to promote their valuable networks and know-how to the Estonian companies looking for expansion across the borders. Considering that 91% of Estonian GDP consists of export, it only makes sense.
When SignWise’s CEO Mr Tiit Anmann made a demo of the cross-border e-signing to the Honorary Consuls it sparked interest and questions regarding the service – both from countries where the electronic identities already exist and where they still are a foreign concept. Want to know whether SignWise is already available in your country? Click here to find out right now.
Photo gallery (photographers: Terje Parts, Erik Peinar)