TALLINN – Approximately 200 Estonian honorary consuls and honorary consul candidates on Friday gathered for a virtual conference organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the Estonian digital state, Estonian companies creating digital solutions, e-residency and Estonian foreign economic and business diplomacy development plans were introduced.
Honorary consuls play an important role in the international introduction of Estonia, they support companies in operating in foreign markets and take Estonian culture to the world.
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said the network of honorary consuls has been a great support in helping Estonian citizens get home during the coronavirus crisis and also for exporting companies. "I thank our honorary consuls for helping Estonian citizens. Our companies can also use the useful contacts of honorary consuls in destination countries, including those regions where Estonia does not have embassies. 200 honorary consuls is an exceptionally outstanding network compared to many other countries and these people have expressed a voluntary desire to contribute to the spread of Estonia's good reputation in the world," the minister added.
The focus of the conference was on Estonia's digital solutions, which have also received internationally positive attention in the context of the pandemic. The honorary consuls were introduced to developments in the field of e-health and e-education, e-residency opportunities and Estonian ICT cluster companies.
Presentations were also made at the conference by Juri Seilenthal, director general of the external economic and development cooperation department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marki Tihhonova-Kreek, director of the business diplomacy division of the ministry, adviser Marti Matas, and honorary consuls Kadri Humal-Ayal, Luis Felipe Edwards and Sonny Aswani shared with colleagues their experiences in introducing Estonia. Guest speakers were Anett Numa from the e-Estonia Briefing Center, Doris Pold from the Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Piret Hirv from Tehnopol, Inga Koue from Startup Estonia and Ott Vatter from the e-residency team.