22.10 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will meet with the Chairman of the Turkish parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Volkan Bozkır, and his delegation, who are visiting Estonia at the invitation of the Riigikogu Foreign Affairs Committee. They will discuss bilateral relations and foreign policy issues important for both countries. Volkan Bozkır is in Estonia from 21-23 October and will meet with the President of the Estonian Parliament as well as the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Volkan Bozkır will also give a lecture at the International Centre for Defence and Security.
22.-26.10 Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Väino Reinart will be in Malaysia and Thailand with an Estonian business delegation. In Malaysia, the delegation is scheduled to meet with Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as representatives of the city municipalities of Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur to discuss topics related to the so-called smart cities. In Thailand, the delegation’s itinerary includes meetings at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Office of the Prime Minister. On 26 October, a seminar titled “Estonian Government and Private Sector Sharing on Digital Services” will take place in Bangkok. The seminar will be opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice for Thailand, ACM Prajin Juntong. Members of the delegation include Head of State Portal Department Raimo Reiman and representatives of Estonian companies Cybernetica, Goswift, Aktors, Bear Metal, Ecomatic, K12 Technologies, Positium, Real Systems, RaulWalter, and Omniva.
23.10 Estonian Ambassador at Large for Digital Affairs Tõnis Nirk will be in Zagreb for a forum titled “Foreseeing the Digital Future” organised by the Office of the President of Croatia as part of the Three Seas Initiative. He will take part in a panel discussion on building a digital economy and society.
23.10 Estonian Ambassador to Lithuania Jana Vanaveski will visit Šiauliai. She will meet with the mayor and visit the Šiauliai Airbase where fighter jets of NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission are based. As part of the Estonia 100 celebrations, Ambassador Vanaveski and Estonian Honorary Consul in Šiauliai Gintarus Sickarus will open an exhibition introducing the diplomatic relations between Estonia and Lithuania.
24.10 Foreign Minister Sven Mikser will speak at an event as part of the Mondo Academy event series. The event will focus on the Middle East, in particular on Syria, the humanitarian crisis that followed the conflict, and Estonia’s response to alleviate the crisis. The event is organised by NGO Mondo, an independent Estonian NGO devoted to development cooperation, global education and humanitarian aid. Additional information: https://www.mondo.org.ee/mondo-akadeemia-sven-mikser-lahis-idast-ja-suur...
Cultural events abroad:
20.10-03.11 Estonian folk dance teacher Märt Agu will represent Estonia at the traditional Kids Euro Festival taking place in Washington. He will run workshops titled “Dance like an Estonian!” taking place at schools, at a children’s hospital, library, as well as the Estonian School in Washington. Additional information: http://events.euintheus.org/events/
23.10 An event introducing Estonian cuisine and Estonian food producers to potential cooperation partners will take place at the Estonian Embassy in Paris as part of the SIAL Paris international food exhibition. The food will be prepared by Ants Uustalu from Ööbiku Gastronomy Farm Restaurant. The event is organised by the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Estonia, Enterprise Estonia and the Estonian Embassy in Paris.
24.10 Estonian folk bank Rüüt will perform at the Helsinki Musiikkitalo. The concert is part of the series “Virolainen musiikki soi“ that aims to introduce contemporary Estonian folk music to Finnish listeners, music journalists and festival organisers, as well as offer Estonian musicians opportunity to perform in Finland. The concert is Rüüt’s first performance in Finland. Additional information: https://www.musiikkitalo.fi/fi/tapahtuma/virolainen-musiikki-soi-ruut
24.-30.10 The 100th anniversary of Estonia will be marked with a special programme at the Helsinki Book Fair, where Estonian and Finnish authors will discuss Estonian literature, art, history, identity and society. Speakers at the fair include Eero Epner, Enn Kunila, Andrus Kivirähk, Paavo Matsin, Andrei Ivanov, Valdur Mikita, Toomas Hiio, Rain Kooli, Maimu Berg, Kätlin Kaldmaa and Kai Aareleid. On 25 October, Estonian Ambassador to Finland Harri Tiido will host a reception for writers, translators and publishers of Estonian literature at the Embassy of Estonia in Helsinki. Additional information on the book fair: https://kirjamessut.messukeskus.com/ohjelma/viron-juhlavuosi
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