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Estonia Will Open First South American Embassy in Capital of Brazil

20.12.2013

In today’s session, the Estonian Government decided to set up an Estonian embassy in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. “Brazil is Estonia’s most important political and trade partner in South America,” said Foreign Minister Paet. “Being represented in Brazil helps us to operate effectively both in that country and the entire region, since it is the first Estonian embassy in South America,” he added.

Brazil is a country with one of the fastest developing economies and is the fifth biggest country in the world in terms of territory and population. Brazil opened an embassy in Tallinn in summer 2011.

Since spring 2013, Estonia’s representative in Brazil has been Urmas Eigla, a diplomat who has been working from the Embassy of Portugal in Brasília and whose assignments have been to prepare for the opening of a representation and work on Estonia-Brazil relations as well as economic ties. Estonia has three honorary consuls in Brazil: Jüri Saukas in São Paulo, Oskar Metsavaht in Rio de Janeiro and Flemming Rickfors in Santos. Brazil is Estonia’s 34th largest trading partner and many Estonian businesses are operating there. “Brazil is interested in Estonia’s IT sector and e-services and many delegations have been to Estonia to familiarise themselves with that field,” noted Paet. “Therefore, one of the main functions of the embassy that is being opened in Brazil will be to promote trade diplomacy and support Estonian businesses,” he added. Over 50 Estonian citizens live in Brazil. Brazil is also a travel destination that Estonians are interested in and whose popularity is continuously growing. “The opening of the embassy will also thus be important for the provision of consular services,” said the Estonian foreign minister.

Brazil’s importance in global politics has quickly risen in the last 10 years. It has been designated as a strategic partner of the European Union, the most influential country in South America, and its significance in international organisations, including in the UN, is clearly on an upward path. “Brazil is an important partner for Estonia in many organisations and international forums,” stated Paet.  
 

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