The Conference of the Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Estonia, which opened today in Tallinn has brought together 128 of the country’s honorary consuls from all over the world. The honorary consuls will be discussing how best to promote Estonia, foster business relations and economic cooperation and help the Estonians living or travelling in other countries.
In his opening address the Foreign Minister praised the consuls for the effort they go to in representing Estonia’s interests. “Estonia’s honorary consuls have a major role to play in introducing our state and culture in their own countries, as well as in fostering business diplomacy and helping Estonian citizens,” he said. “The honorary consuls help Estonia extend its reach to regions like Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.” Mikser added that pro-active cultural and business diplomacy also creates a strong basis for cooperation between countries in other areas.
During the conference, which runs from 26-29 June, the honorary consuls will be meeting with President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and the representatives of Enterprise Estonia. Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also be speaking at the conference about foreign policy and consular issues. As part of the event the honorary consuls will be visiting the islands of Saaremaa and Muhu, where they will be meeting with representatives of local companies.
Estonia has almost 200 honorary consuls in 87 countries. Their main function is to provide consular services and assistance to Estonian citizens abroad, but they also help to foster economic relations and educational cooperation and to promote the country around the world. The consuls are respected figures in their own countries who enjoy high social standing. Their work as honorary consuls is undertaken voluntarily.
The conference is being supported by Enterprise Estonia (EAS) and Saaremaa municipality.
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