E-State: How Ukraine Is Implementing Its Ambitious Digitalisation Reform


Vitalii Rybak, analyst and journalist at UkraineWorld and Internews Ukraine, has analysed how Ukraine is implementing its ambitious digitalisation reform.

Since 2019, Ukraine has been conducted digitalisation reform that aims to make 100% of all public services online by 2024. This reform provides new opportunities to citizens, businesses alike.

“On August 24, Ukraine will become paperless,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyi stated on 17 May 2021, during Diia.Summit 2.0, a press event highlighting progress in Ukraine’s digitalisation reform.

Indeed, starting from August 23, 2021, Ukrainians will be able to use passports on their smartphones in all situations in which regular ID cards had previously been required. On April 15, 2021, President Zelenskyi signed the law on digital passports for citizens of Ukraine which makes digital passports legally equivalent to paper passports and plastic IDs. Thus, on August 24 — the day on which the law comes into force — Ukraine will become the first country in the world where digital passports are considered legally equivalent to ordinary IDs and passports.

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