Press Release: USAID Deputy Administrator’s Visit to Estonia Highlights Development Cooperation

For immediate release.
October 22, 2020.


On October 20 and 21, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick visited Estonia to meet with Estonian government officials and private-sector technology companies to discuss U.S.- Estonia relations, opportunities for increased development cooperation in third countries, countering malign Kremlin influence, and USAID’s efforts to advance European and Eurasian countries along their Journeys to Self-Reliance.  Deputy Administrator Glick also engaged with cybersecurity experts to discuss 5G and Estonia’s national Cybersecurity Strategy.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 21, Deputy Administrator Glick and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu signed two joint statements – the first regarding digital empowerment, and the second focused on development cooperation. In her remarks, Deputy Administrator Glick commended Estonia on its plans to reorganize its development approach. “You are creating an agile organization to address urgent development needs in Eastern Partnership countries and parts of Africa. We look forward to sharing best practices with you and bolstering cooperation,” Deputy Administrator Glick said. The Deputy Administrator added, “Working together, we can create innovative solutions to development challenges that will save lives, promote national sovereignty, and protect individual liberties across the world.”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s premier international development agency, working to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID works in over 100 countries across the globe to promote global health, support global stability, provide humanitarian assistance, catalyze innovation and partnership, and empower women and girls.

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