The Minister of Agriculture of Estonia Helir-Valdor Seeder opened the Estonian Contact Centre at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Seeder said to the representatives of different countries who participated in the opening that this centre is Estonia’s additional contribution to global communication process. “Communication possibilities, which are free of charge make the world smaller, bring different nations and cultures closer to each other and give a better opportunities for the representatives of countries with smaller income to communicate with the world,” said Seeder.
The centre has two booths, which have been equipped with videophones using Skype technology and enabling free video calls all over the planet. The ribbon with Estonian national motifs was cut by Minister Seeder and the Director General of FAO Jacques Diouf. Diouf acknowledged Estonia’s success in the usage of different IT solutions and assured that Skype is used daily by many FAO employees.
The Estonian Contact Centre was established as a joint project between Estonia and the FAO, videophones were given by Skype. Further maintenance costs will be covered by the FAO.
During his visit to Rome, Minister Seeder also met with the Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Yukiko Omura. Estonia is one of the few members of the OECD, which does not belong to the IFAD. Membership in the IFAD, which has more than 150 member countries, would give Estonia better possibilities for sharing our experience in the transition to market economy with countries, where the transition is still ongoing.