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Ministry of Foreign Affairs involves Estonian companies in providing international humanitarian aid

16. May 2020 - 8:42

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sending humanitarian aid to Ukraine, Georgia, Montenegro and North Macedonia in response to the countries’ requests. The aid is directed towards mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and in order to respond to the needs of the countries, the ministry is using goods produced by Estonian companies.

In collaboration with NGO Kriisieksperdid, around 70 000 euros’ worth of disinfectant, bedding, blankets and mattresses will be provided. This humanitarian aid project stands out because the international pandemic, limited transportation possibilities, and the restrictions of the emergency situation all complicate filling orders and delivery. The first part of the aid shipment was sent out on the evening of May 15 to Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that the ministry has included local businesses in the project. „The first goal is, of course, to respond to the needs of the countries asking for help, however, we also want to support Estonian companies in their export activitites in these complicated times. This is why we have included goods produced by local companies in this humanitarian aid project,“ said Reinsalu. 

The aid shipment comprises of disinfectants produced by Nordic Group OÜ, ESTKO AS and Interchemie Werken de Adelaar Eesti AS, and bedding, blankets and mattresses produced by Teaspon and Wendre.

Located in Pärnu county, but operating internationally, the CEO of Wendre AS Deniss Kristensen said they were happy to see goods produced by Wendre included in the aid package. „The current situation affects all countries in the world and we can help by providing the necessary goods,” said Kristensen.

Buying locally produced goods to be used in providing humanitarian aid is a joint initiative of the development cooperation and humanitarian aid and business diplomacy bureaus at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to respond to the aid request while also supporting Estonian businesses. NGO Kriisieksperdid is an accomplished partner in the ministry’s international development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects.

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Additional information:
Mari Krusten
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser
Communication Department
+372 637 7618; +372 524 0742
www.vm.ee   

 

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