GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan’s Visit to Tallinn Highlights the U.S. Commitment to the Open Government Partnership

September 7, 2023

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Robin Carnahan visited Estonia from September 4 to 7 to jointly lead the U.S. Delegation to the 8th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit and to participate in the Tallinn Digital Summit (TDS). She also participated in several bilateral and multilateral meetings.

“We believe that open government approaches are essential for strengthening our democracies and delivering better outcomes for our people, and we thank the Estonian government for hosting an engaging and successful summit,” said Administrator Carnahan.

Administrator Carnahan represented the U.S. delegation during the September 5 Steering Committee Ministerial, where she reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the Open Government Partnership, a valuable platform to address important challenges facing our countries, including attacks on the integrity of public institutions and shrinking civic space; widening economic inequality and deepening marginalization of vulnerable populations; and intensifying effects of climate change.

U.S. Ambassador to Estonia George P. Kent warmly welcomed Administrator Carnahan to Estonia. “Estonia is an ideal and symbolic country to host the OGP and TDS. Estonia’s pioneering role in e-governance provides a model for countries big and small to learn from and emulate. Estonia’s success owes a great deal to the country’s boisterous embrace of technology starting at the moment of re-independence.”

Administrator Carnahan is part of a delegation of 40 U.S. officials visiting Estonia this week to participate in OGP, TDS, and multilateral dialogues.  Her visit demonstrates the U.S. commitment to continued cooperation with Estonia and other partners as we work towards ensuring more open, transparent, and accountable governance.

The GSA is an independent U.S. agency that provides crucial administrative support for the function and mission of the U.S. federal government.  One of GSA’s goals is to provide the American people with a digital government that delivers for the public through trusted, accessible, and user-centered technologies.