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Estonia's ambassador to the WTO presented his credentials


On Monday, August 31, Estonia's new ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Andre Pung presented his credentials to the Director-General of the WTO Roberto Azevêdo.

Following the presentation of credentials, topics of discussion included the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and the forthcoming WTO 10th Ministerial Conference, which will take place in Nairobi in December. Also under discussion were the expansion of WTO membership and the accession of Estonia’s major trading partners, Russia and Kazakhstan to the WTO, as well as making the work of the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanisms more effective.

Ambassador Andre Pung confirmed Estonia's desire as a country favouring liberal trade, to reach a successful conclusion with the DDA trade-negotiation round. Director-General Azevêdo estimates that the next weeks will be crucial regarding DDA negotiations and by the beginning of October, it will become clear what agreements can be reached at the Nairobi Summit.

Ambassador Pung stressed that Estonia has closely followed the accession of trading partners important to us within the multilateral rules-based trading system. According to the WTO Director-General, the new members have become well engaged within the work of the WTO, but the enlarged membership has also increased the number of disputes within the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, resulting in the organisation needing to direct additional resources to deal with this need.

Ambassador Andre Pung was born on March 28, 1970 in Tartu. He graduated from Tallinn University with a degree in instrument engineering. Andre Punk has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1993, when he began working at the External Economic Policy Department. In the years 1996 to 1999, Andre Pung was an economic diplomat at the Estonian Embassy in Riga and from 1999-2001, he was the Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s External Economic Policy Department. During the period 2001 to 2005, he served as the Estonian Consul General in St. Petersburg. Between 2006 and 2010, Andre Pung was the Estonian ambassador to Ireland. Since 2010, Pung was the Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s External Economic and Development Cooperation Department.




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