Estonia hands out Eur 511,000 in foreign aid in 2004
- From: "Katia M. Peltekian"
- Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 15:33:36 +0400 (AMT)
TALLINN, Dec 24 -- Estonia gave international development and foreign aid to the tune of eight million kroons (EUR 511,000) from the state budget in the outgoing year, mostly to support eastern and southeastern Europe and southern Caucasus. Estonia handed out a total of more than 1.5 million kroons in humanitarian aid through international organizations, the daily Postimees reported.
So Estonia supported victims of the Beslan hostage drama, civil war refugees of the Sudanese Darfur area, earthquake victims in Iran and children in the Russian Pskov region who were given hepatitis A vaccine, Foreign Ministry press secretary Anneli Kimber reported.
Kimber added that 6.5 million kroons was spent on development aid, which consisted in the transfer of material aid as well as technical knowhow.
So we have invited to Estonia public servants from Georgia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine to share with them eurointegration experience, to inform them how to negotiate with the World Trade Organization, and have helped Armenia develop its emergency centers and communications network ; Kimber said.
She said Estonia was sharing its experience in the sphere of public administration, institutional development, development of the information society, accession to international organizations and environmental protection.
In the transfer of its knowhow Estonia mainly centers on areas where processes similar to the reforms carried out in Estonia lie ahead or are already in progress.
Next year the Foreign Minstry has set its foreign aid target at the same level as this year, Kimber said. She said the main target countries would be the same as previously, the most important of them being Georgia and Ukraine.