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Palestinian Authority

(last updated: 27.06.2018)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is with limited powers, and therefore Estonia cannot associate with the PA like it would with a sovereign state. In accordance with the 1993 Oslo Accords, Estonia recognises the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the representative of the Palestinian people on an international level. The Palestinian Authority is the executive body of the PLO, which was formed after the Oslo Accords. The representative to Estonia from the Mission of Palestine based in Helsinki from 2006 - 2014 was Mr. Nabil al-Wazir and since 2015 is Mr. Taїssir Al Adjouri.

Special Representative of Estonia to Palestine from April 2014 until July 2017 was Mrs. Kaili Terras, from 1st August 2017 is Mrs. Ann Hänni, residing in Tallinn.

Visits

to the Palestinian Authority
March 2017 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser
January 2016 Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand
December 2010 Delegation of the Riigkogu Foreign Affairs Committee
June 2010 President Toomas Hendrik Ilves
November 2009 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet
to Estonia
September 2011 Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mashhour Abudaka
June 2010 Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki
October 2009 Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mashour Abudaka
July 2004 Deputy Information Minister of the Palestinian Authority Dr. Ahmed Soboh

Economic relations

Estonian-Palestinian trade  2007-2017 (thousand EUR):

Year Export Import
2007 25 0
2008 63 0
2009 63 0
2010 2 0
2011 67 0
2012 58 0
2013 11 0
2014 54,6 0
2015  122,7 0
2016 12 0
2017 0 0

In 2016 peat was the main export article (100%) to Palestine. There have been no imports from Palestine in recent years.

According to the Bank of Estonia, as at 31.03.2018, Palestinian direct investment in Estonia amounted to the 53 thousand euros. Investments have been made in the wholesale and retail trade, as well as in the administrative and assistance sectors.

All economic data from Statistics Estonia.

Development and humanitarian  aid

Since 2006 Estonia has supported the Palestinian Authority with development and humanitarian aid totalling over 2,5 million euros.

Other

An official friendship agreement between Bethlehem and Haapsalu was signed on 16 September 2010. Representatives of Bethlehem planted a fir tree in the Count’s Garden in Haapsalu, and when it grows taller it will become the city’s Christmas tree.

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