Candidate of the Republic of Estonia

For the post of the Secretary General of the OECD for 2021-2026

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid is a nominated candidate of Estonia for the position of the Secretary General of the OECD. On October 5 President Kaljulaid introduced her positions and vision on the development of the OECD in a live broadcast.

„In 2020, we are living the period of Great Transition. Transition from industrial to digital economy, and from fossil to clean energy. As a firm believer in multilateralism, I see OECD as an enabler for its global community of developed nations taking an active role in bringing together the best knowledge globally to help the governments cope with these changes,“ President Kaljulaid has said.

Estonia regained its independence in 1991 and with 30 years has gone through comprehensive, rapid and successful reforms, has built the first truly digital society and developed one of the best education systems in the world according to OECD. These are the experiences President Kaljulaid wants to bring to the OECD in order to be prepared for the challenges we will face in the next decades.

If Kersti Kaljulaid were to serve as the Secretary-General of the OECD she would:

  • invite the member states to consider the potential of digital transformation in achieving our obvious common goals: sustaining democracy, developing economy and also saving our planet;
  • propose to the member states to develop some greenfield thinking for harnessing the power of digital, including rethinking the global tax co-operation, knowing that both goods and services markets are global and driven by more and more independent workforce and striving to remove administrative restrictions from these development;
  • propose to the member states to analyse how the tax model of industrial era needs to gradually grow into digital era tax system, taking into account the need of serving globally our globally working citizens;
  • invite member states to strive for safety in the digital economic ecosystem by promoting the state provided digital ID models and their interoperability;
  • consider all abovementioned opportunities as tools to develop the free market and global trade in goods and services;
  • recognize the potential of more automated and digitized world for silver economy, to support better our ageing societies.

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