Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan and Estonia Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov joined together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two governments. The agreement – which is enacted for five years – strengthens Maryland and Estonia’s partnership to collaborate in economic development, tourism, education, and the arts.
The MOU follows a 2017 trade mission to Estonia led by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, which focused on cybersecurity efforts and drug abuse prevention.
“The agreement which we are renewing today represents our shared commitment to the rule of law, our continued focus on this important partnership, and our strategic cooperation on defense and economic development,” said Governor Hogan.
Maryland and Harju County, Estonia previously had a sister-state relationship that ended after a restructuring throughout the Estonian municipal governments; the newly signed MOU renews this partnership as well.
In addition to the sister state relationship, Maryland’s sister city relationships with Estonia include Annapolis and Tallinn, Westminster and Paide, and Salisbury and Tartu.