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Estonian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Presents Credentials


No. 343-E

Today in Bishkek Ambassador Jaan Hein presented his credentials to President of the Kyrgyz Republic Roza Otunbajeva. He is the first Estonian ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. The ambassador resides in Astana.

In the discussion that followed the presenting of credentials, Ambassador Jaan Hein and President Roza Otunbayeva discussed the development of Estonia-Kyrgyzstan bilateral relations. President Otunbayeva expressed hope that Estonia’s representation in the region would help promote both political as well as economic contacts. Kyrgyzstan welcomes Estonian state leaders to come visit and would like to intensify co-operation with representatives of Estonia’s parliament.

Ambassador Hein said that Estonia and Kyrgyzstan would like to start building up a treaty base. “For example, it is in the interest of both countries to conclude an agreement for the protection of investments, as it would help to enliven economic contacts,” stated Ambassador Hein. “Kyrgyzstan is also interested in Estonia’s experiences in the IT sector and the functioning of an e-government,” he added.

At their meeting the president of Kyrgyzstan also talked about the most recent developments in the country. On Sunday presidential elections will take place in Kyrgyzstan.

While talking about bringing life to cultural ties, President Otunbayeva mentioned the desire to encourage co-operation between universities. The two also discussed opportunities to develop co-operation in the tourism sector. “Kyrgyzstan could be a destination of interest for Estonians, with its beautiful nature and nearly year-round sunshine,” said Ambassador Hein.

Jaan Hein was born on 10 March 1961. In 1984 he graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in philosophy, from 1987-1990 he did postgraduate studies at the same university, and from 1990-1991 he did additional studies for his thesis at the Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. Hein has been involved in diplomatic work since 1992, when he began working in the Foreign Ministry’s political department. From 1992-1994 Jaan Hein was the director of the division for Central and Eastern Europe in the political department. From 1994-1997 Hein worked at the Estonian Embassy in Moscow as a counsellor for political and defence affairs. From 1997-2000 he was a counsellor for the policy planning department and from 2000-2003 Jaan Hein was the chargé d’affaires of the Estonian Embassy in Prague. After that Hein worked as the director of the division for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the political department. Prior to being named the Estonian ambassador to Kazakhstan, Jaan Hein was the Estonian ambassador to Ukraine as well as Georgia and Moldova, residing in Kiev. Jaan Hein is married and has three daughters.

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