On Thursday 19 December, the Estonian Ambassador to Singapore Katrin Kivi presented her credentials to the President of Singapore Halimah Yacob. The ambassador resides in New Delhi, India.
During the discussion following the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Kivi and President Yacob reaffirmed the good relations between Estonia and Singapore. Talks mostly focused on the increasingly close business ties between the two countries, as well as growing investments and trade.
President Yacob wished Estonia a successful membership of the UN Security Council and took greater an interest in topics related to cyber defence and data protection. Ambassador Kivi talked about the X-road, e-elections, and how Estonian governments have always supported the digital revolution with legislation, creating trust among people in using e-services.
They also talked about prospective cooperation in the field of education. “For several years now, Estonian students have had the chance to participate in programmes offered by Singapore, the best known of which is the Singapore Overseas Programme,” Ambassador Kivi said. Both she and the president welcomed the successful performance of Estonian and Singaporean students at the PISA tests this year.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Ambassador Kivi extended an invitation to President Yacob to visit Estonia.
Ambassador Kivi was accompanied at the ceremony by the Estonian Honorary Consul in Singapore Narinder Kumar Aswani. After the ceremony, the ambassador presented him with a letter of gratitude for citizen diplomacy, signed by Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, to thank him for his important contribution to introducing Estonia in Singapore and advancing bilateral relations.
The Estonian Embassy in India was opened in 2013. Katrin Kivi is the first Estonian Ambassador to reside in New Delhi with a co-accreditation to Singapore. Singapore covers Estonia from its Embassy in Berlin. In addition to Honorary Consul Aswani, Kristel Alver, a foreign representative of Enterprise Estonia, is also based in Singapore.
Ambassador Katrin Kivi has been working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1993. She initially worked as a diplomat in the External Economic Department and at the Division of Western Europe and North America. Between 2003 and 2005, she was the director of the Division for Asia, Oceania, Africa and Latin America. In the summer of 2005, Kivi became a policy adviser and Deputy Head of Mission at the Estonian Embassy in Paris and Deputy Permanent Representative at UNESCO. Between 2009 and 2011, she worked as the Director of the General Affairs Division at the Department for European Affairs and between 2011 and 2015, as the Estonian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. From 2015 to 2019, Kivi served as the Estonian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Ambassador Katrin Kivi graduated from the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages at the University of Tartu. She holds a master’s degree in German language and literature. Kivi speaks German, French, English and Russian. The ambassador is also accredited to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Photos of the meeting: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721577122...
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