The e-Estonia Council approved the strategy for Estonian “kratts*”, or the action plan for implementing artificial intelligence, an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the Government Office.
According to Jüri Ratas, the Chairman of the e-Estonia Council, the wise implementation of artificial intelligence helps a small nation such as Estonia to use its full potential in the best possible way, both internally and internationally.
The group of specialists who developed the action plan for artificial intelligence advises encouraging its testing as widely as possible because this allows identifying the areas that would benefit most from kratts. They must also map the public services that would benefit most from enhancing the implementation of kratts and develop ways for cooperating the kratt solutions. Currently, 16 kratts have been implemented in the Estonian public sector, but this number will increase to 50 next year. For the purpose of applying artificial intelligence in the private sector successfully, greater digitalization of business operations is required. Public awareness must be raised on artificial intelligence solutions along with knowledge in applying them. There is no need for a separate “kratt” act, but legislation must be adjusted accordingly.
Members of the Council were also given an overview on the financing of IT solutions in the context of the national budget strategy, a vision on technology-based learning from the Ministry of Education and Research, and the current state of the e-residency action plan 2.0, the objective of which is to make e-residency more user-friendly and prepare for an increase in the number of e-residents.
Government of Estonia