MAY 31, 2019
TORONTO - The Estonian Central Council in Canada warmly welcomes the Canadian government’s decision to expand its diplomatic presence to Estonia later this summer and deeply appreciates the support of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Ambassador Kevin Rex for this historic decision.
In addition to frequent reminders about the need for a permanent Canadian diplomatic representative in Tallinn; The Estonian Central Council in Canada co-authored a letter with the members of the Baltic Federation last fall asking the Prime Minister and his government to expand Canada’s diplomatic presence to all three Baltic states to strengthen Canada’s bilateral relations with them.
The presence of a Canadian Charge d'affaires in charge of trade in Tallinn demonstrates Canada’s commitment to expanding relations and trade in Estonia and the region.
Estonia’s expertise in the area of IT, cyber security, as well as in the resource, forestry and maritime industries could be of great benefit to Canada. Furthermore, in addition to many other products and services, Canada could provide Estonia and the entire Baltic region with a future source of alternative, reliable and safe gas and energy.
“Canada is home to one of the world’s largest, and indeed, most active Estonian diaspora communities in the world and we strongly believe that Canada’s expanded diplomatic presence will benefit Canadians and Estonians alike,” said Estonian Central Council in Canada President, Marcus Kolga. “Canadian-Estonian led initiatives such as Estonian Music Week, the Latitude 44 tech conference, the International Estonian Center and the Global Estonian movement are great examples of where Canadians are helping forge new relations with Estonia and the region and this announcement will help take all of this to another level.”
The Estonian Central Council in Canada represents approximately 40,000 Canadians of Estonian heritage.
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