On Wednesday, 17 October, Estonia opened its new Office of Honorary Consul in Palermo. The Office of Estonian Honorary Consul was formally opened by Foreign Ministry’s Secretary General Rainer Saks, joined by Estonian Ambassador to Italy Celia Kuningas-Saagpakk. The Estonian Honorary Consul in Palermo is Professor Antonello Miranda.
Rainer Saks said that the honorary consul is going to play an important role in developing relations between Estonia and Italy in the digital field. “Italians are already active e-residents of Estonia, ranking seventh in the number of applicants. Italian e-residents have so far established 158 companies in Estonia. The Office of Honorary Consul in Sicily will help further introduce Estonia and its e-solutions,” Saks said.
Saks pointed out that Estonia’s connection with Palermo goes back to the 12th century when Muhammad al-Idrisi, a cartographer living in Palermo, first put a town named Qalaven, now known as a predecessor of Tallinn, on a map in 1154. Historians regard it as the earliest mention of what is now known as the capital of Estonia.
In addition to helping promote business relations between Estonia and Siciliy, the honorary consul is also going to support the small Estonian community in Sicily as well as help Estonian tourist who love to travel there.
Antonello Miranda is a law professor at the University of Palermo. He has been the Honorary Consul of Estonia since April 2018. His new office is located in the centre of Palermo, at Via Dante Alighieri 332.
The Republic of Estonia has nearly two hundred honorary consuls, six of whom are in Italy, who all play an important role in representing Estonia’s interests abroad. Honorary consuls are highly regarded and established people in their home countries whose primary task is offering consular services and support to Estonian citizens abroad. Another important part of an honorary consul’s role is promoting economic ties and helping Estonian entrepreneurs create useful connections. An honorary consul does not receive any formal salary from the Estonian state.
On Thursday, 27 September, Undersecretary for Economic Development at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications Viljar Lubi opened the Office of Estonian Honorary Consul in Tampere. Estonia’s Ambassador to Finland Harri Tiido was also present at the formal opening ceremony. Jani Koivuniemi is Estonia’s Honorary Consul in Tampere.
According to Viljar Lubi, the office will help bring Tampere and its surrounding area even closer to Estonia. “Honorary consuls are an extraordinary breed of people who stand out for their energy and inner calling to help a country and its citizens, even though they do not reside in that country themselves. And they do so out of their own free will and spare time. That requires a large amount of empathy and radiance. That is why we are delighted that Jani Koivuniemi is expanding his role as an honorary consul in Finland, a country near and dear to Estonia,” commented Lubi.
Ambassador Tiido added that not only is the new office an important step to provide even more support to the considerable Estonian community in Tampere but helps to promote Estonian-Finnish business relations in the region further.
Jani Koivuniemi is a Finnish businessman who has been Estonia’s Honorary Consul in Tampere since January 2018. The new Office of the Honorary Consul is located on the premises of Jani Koivuniemi’s company Taitokaari OY. Koivuniemi provides consular services to the Pirkanmaa region which is home to over 2,000 Estonians and has an active Estonian community.
The Republic of Estonia has nearly two hundred honorary consuls who all play an important role in representing Estonia’s interests abroad. Honorary consuls are highly regarded and established people in their home countries whose primary task is offering consular services and support to Estonian citizens abroad. Another important part of an honorary consul’s role is promoting economic ties and helping Estonian entrepreneurs create useful connections. An honorary consul does not receive any formal salary from the Estonian state.
On September 9, in Dhaka, Foreign Minister Mikser opened Estonia’s first Office of Honorary Consul in Bangladesh. Estonian Honorary Consul Syed Farhad Ahmed is the founder and managing director of the IT company Aamra.
“The appointment of honorary consul and opening of the new office in Dhaka will help strengthen relations between the two countries, especially in the business and ICT sector where we already see mutual interest,” Mikser said and emphasised that the Honorary Consul will also provide support to Estonian citizens in need of consular assistance.
The Honorary Consul’s contact details and additional information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign
Yesterday, Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Tiina Intelmann opened the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Leeds. The new Honorary Consul, Prof Adam Beaumont, is entrepreneur and angel investor, founder and CEO of international technology platform business, aql. Estonian jazz singer Susanna Aleksandra Veldi performed with the Jordan Dinsdale trio at the reception held at aql’s head office located at the historic Salem Chapel.
Ambassador Intelmann highlighted at the ceremony that the opening of the Office of Honorary Consul is an important step that enables to extend consular services and develop business links in the North of England. “Leeds and its surrounding area is one of the main centres of Estonian community in the United Kingdom. The rapidly developing city of Leeds with a population of 800 000 is a major hub for banking, financial services, digital and creative industries that makes it attractive for Estonian companies. Leeds could provide perfect opportunities for Estonian businesses to enter the British market,” said Ambassador Intelmann.
The consular region of Prof Adam Beaumont is the North of England and Isle of Man.
Dear All Estonian Consul Colleagues around the world
(Just in case you might be in or near Bangkok that week)
On the auspicious occasion of the 100th Independence Day of Our Republic of Estonia
You and your spouse are cordially invited to a special concert to be performed by young talented Regent’s musicians, some of whom have recently won first place in world competitions in Germany and Vienna for instance.
Date: Monday 26 February 2018
Venue: Thailand Cultural Centre
18:00 Finger Buffet Reception
19:00 Programme begins
(Please refer to the attached pages below)
I do apologize for not sending you the hard copy invitation card. The Government of Estonia would like to encourage all other countries to become a paperless society as Estonia has accomplished, the same goal which my Regent’s International School is proudly observing on campus.
Should you be able to attend this event, please kindly click Khun Bee (089 313 7777) here:
and simply state :
My kindest regards,
(Dr. Virachai Techavijit)
Honorary Consul General of Estonia in Bangkok
On 10 January Mr Väino Reinart, Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs opened the Office of Estonian Honorary Consul in Aarhus, Denmark. The Estonian Honorary Consul is Claus Emil Engel Johansen who has a background in law.
Undersecretary Reinart noted at the opening ceremony that Estonia and Denmark are countries that think along the same lines and have had many contacts throughout history. “The new office will give us an opportunity to provide consular service to Estonians living in Central Jutland after a two-year pause. We also hope to deepen business relations between Estonia and Denmark with the help of our honorary consul,” Reinart said.
Claus Emil Engel Johansen was named Estonian Honorary Consul in October last year. Johansen specialises in commercial law and works as a lawyer at Advokaterne Skt Knuds Torv and is a member of the Fugitive Appeals Board.
The new Office of Honorary Consul is located at Ryesgade 31, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark. The Honorary Consul can be reached by phone at +45 31 181 115 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are five Estonian Honorary Consuls in Denmark, three of them in Jutland.
The opening ceremony was followed by a business seminar organised by Honorary Consul Johansen in cooperation with the Estonian Embassy in Copenhagen and Business Network Aarhus.
In a ceremony held on 15 November, Estonian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Tiina Intelmann opened the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Edinburgh. The Estonian Honorary Consul is IT industry executive Peter Ferry, who is a founder of the technology company Wallet.Services. With his strong connection to Estonia, the Honorary Consul is eagerly promoting the digital and industry links between Estonia and Scotland.
Ambassador Intelmann highlighted at the opening ceremony that the digital dialogue between the two countries has recently intensified. “There is a mutual interest in the areas of e-governance, e-health services and cyber security. For Estonian companies, partnerships with Scottish businesses could open the door to the United Kingdom’s market.”
The opening of the Honorary Consul’s Office in Edinburgh makes it possible to extend consular services provided to Estonian citizens living in Scotland. Peter Ferry is fulfilling his repsonsibilities as an Honoray Consul since November this year.
Estonia has six Honorary Consuls in the United Kingdom, three of them in Scotland.
Pictures of the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9CSk5Z
On 28 April Director General of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paul Teesalu and Estonian ambassador to Lebanon Marin Mõttus opened the office of the honorary consul for Estonia in Beirut, Fouad Fadel.
At the opening Teesalu said that relations between Estonia and Lebanon were good and that there were opportunities to further those relations in many areas. “Our new honorary consul will be able to contribute by mediating the contact details of entrepreneurs, and he will also provide support and advice to any Estonian citizens in need of consular assistance,” he added.
Fouad Fadel was born in 1971 and is an entrepreneur. He is one of the owners of the Fadel Group, a family company which has been operating since 1936. He also established the Fouad & Toufic Foundation, which is active in the fields of health care and education.
The office of the honorary consul is situated at T. Fadel Bldg #50, 1st floor, 96 St. Joseph’s Street, Bauchrieh, Beirut. The honorary consul can be contacted by calling +9611248000 (ext. 30) or e-mailing email@example.com
On 22 March 2017 Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rainer Saks opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Šiauliai. The Estonian Honorary Consul in Šiauliai is Gintaras Sluckus, owner of the successful family business Bigso. The Honorary Consul is interested in helping to strengthen economic relations between Estonia and Lithuania.
Secretary General Saks noted at the opening that appointing Honorary Consul in Šiauliai creates additional opportunities to develop economic relations between Estonia and Lithuania and offer consular assistance in North Lithuania. “The Honorary Consul can help Estonian businesses develop contacts and cooperation with many trade associations active in the region. It will also help to strengthen contacts between Šiauliai and Pärnu, Šiauliai’s sister city,” said Saks.
Gintaras Sluckus has been the Honorary Consul since September 2016 and his consular region consists of the counties of Šiauliai, Panevėžysi and Utena. Honorary Consul’s main tasks include providing consular aid to the Estonian citizens and mediating economic and cultural contacts.
The Office of the Honorary Consul is located at Sodo 30A, 76159 Šiauliai. The Honorary Consul can be reached by phone at +370 685 3200 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three Estonian Honorary Consuls in Lithuania, in addition to Šiauliai in Kaunas and Klaipėda.
On 17 November the Estonian ambassador to the United Kingdom Lauri Bambus opened the Office of the Estonian Honorary Consul in Jersey. The Estonian Honorary Consul is Auberon Ashbrooke who works as a lecturer for Highlands College in Jersey for Plymouth University courses and has a strong Estonian connection. At the reception, a piano recital was given by London-based Estonian pianist Sten Heinoja.
Ambassador Bambus highlighted at the opening ceremony Jersey’s active interest towards the Estonian experience of e-governance and digital identity and confirmed its country’s readiness to cooperate in this field.
“Being a small is an advantage when building a digital society. Jersey has an ambition to become a digital leader and I wish you every success when making bold decisions that will set a future path,” Ambassador Lauri Bambus said.
During his visit, the Ambassador met the Bailiff, Mr William Bailhache, the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, and the Minister for External Relations, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, as well as other ministers. He attended the meetings at the Financial Services Commission and the Digital Jersey Hub where in-depth discussions focused on practical cooperation between two countries.
Auberon Ashbrooke has been the Honorary Consul since September 2016 and his consular region is Channel Islands.