Does our region have a vision for the future?

Does our region have a vision for the future? The Estonian one certainly does, making a virtue of necessity like we need to do. Estonia built an IT economy because it didn’t have abundant natural resources. It had people, and the foresight to prepare for a world economy increasingly reliant on technology. Parliamentarian Liisa-Ly Pakosta outlined this vision in a conversation on our last afternoon in Estonia. She says the goal is to embed technology in all aspects of Estonian life – in government, business and the daily life of its citizens. The government actively promotes the idea that urban and rural people can be full participants in the economy and society with a focus on electronic innovation. We need to understand - and embrace - the transformational impact of technology on our region as well.

Discussion participants:

David Alston and René Boudreau, New Brunswick delegation representatives
Meeting with Mrs. Liisa-Ly Pakosta, Chairman, Canada-Estonia Parliamentary Group, Parliamnent of Estonia

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