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Seventh virtual forum for Estonians abroad

Update # 215

Global Estonian virtual forum : Estonia as an opportunity

William Persson (Sweden), Ellen Valter (Canada), Kadri Linnas (MFA), Egon Saks ja Pamela Cristina Hinojosa Sandoval (Mexico), Marin Mõttus (MFA), Rebeka Dronia (Namibiast), Marika Lampi (USA), Liina Viies (MFA)

Press release (translated) from Estonia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Yesterday, on May 2, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' virtual forum for Estonians around the world took place for the seventh time, this time focusing on opportunities for young people with Estonian roots to work and develop their careers in Estonia.

Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jonatan Vseviov, who gave the opening remarks at the forum, emphasized the importance of every Estonian for the Estonian state.

"Our goal is to ensure that all Estonians abroad are aware of developments in Estonia, have a say in them and to join together in advancing Estonian interests," said the chancellor. "There are few Estonians in the world and each of us is an ambassador of Estonia."

Marin Mõttus, director general of the Department of Global Estonian and Cultural Diplomacy, said that Estonia has its own story, which only we can tell the world. "This story is born from the voices of all of us - whether they come from Toronto, Stockholm or from the virtual forum stage through EiK's songs."

This time, the discussions of the virtual forum focused on career opportunities in Estonia. Egon Saks, together with his Mexican wife Pamela Cristina Hinojosa Sandoval, and Suzanna Vatter, head of partnership relations at Work in Estonia, shared their experience about the IT school kood/Jõhvi, which was created on a private initiative. The story of coming to Estonia was told by Estonians William Persson and Marika Kristi Lampi, who were born abroad, and Rebeka Dronia, who lived abroad for a decade.

Startup Estonia's plans were also introduced at the virtual forum and the Estonian community in Switzerland was profiled in a video postcard. The virtual forum was moderated by Ellen Valter, the project lead of KESKUS in Toronto, and the music was provided by musician and poet EiK, who recently won the popular vote for his work in the Estonian language for 2023.

A great prize - a flight to Estonia with a 2-night stay in a hotel in Tallinn - will be drawn among the forum's viewers. The winner will be announced on May 10 at 12 noon Estonian time.

The global Estonian virtual forum takes place twice a year and offers food for thought to Estonians both at home and abroad.

You can still watch the event via catch-up viewing here, in English, Estonian or Russian.



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