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Estonian Ambassador to OECD Presents Credentials


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Permanent Representative of the Republic of Estonia to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ambassador Marten Kokk presented his credentials to OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría at OECD headquarters in Paris yesterday, 2 February.

In the discussion that followed the presenting of credentials, Ambassador Kokk and Secretary General Gurría discussed the future of the OECD and the situation in the Estonian economy.

“Today the OECD is one of the most important globally recognised economic analysis centres, and its multi-faceted activities cover the entire public sector. The OECD brings together the world’s best experts in economics and government. Being an OECD member gives us an opportunity to utilise this knowledge and these experiences in formulating policies in Estonia,” Ambassador Kokk said during the discussion. “It is likely that we also have something to offer – for example our experiences with economic reforms and in developing an e-state and e-services. Estonia has also been successful in developing its public service – Estonia’s public sector is very compact and effective on the state level,” Kokk noted.

Ambassador Kokk was born in Tallinn in 1973. He graduated from the law department of Tartu University. From 1994-1999 Kokk worked in various positions in the Foreign Ministry’s legal department. In 1999 he went to work at the State Chancellery and from 2001-2006 he was the director general of the State Chancellery. In 2006 Kokk returned to the foreign service as the undersecretary for administrative affairs, and from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2010 he was the secretary general of the Foreign Ministry.

Ambassador Kokk speaks English, Russian and German.

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The OECD is a forum for industrially developed democratic nations which is based in Paris. It was established on 30 September 1961. Its predecessor was created after World War II to administer American and Canadian aid for rebuilding Europe (the Marshall Plan). The OECD currently has 34 members. The organisation is led by Mexican Secretary General Angel Gurría, who was chosen on 30 September 2010 to lead the OECD for another term (2011-2015).
Estonia became an OECD member in December of last year. Marten Kokk has been the ambassador to the OECD since 1 January 2011.
The OECD is celebrating its 50th anniversary from December 2010 until the fall of 2011.
In addition to exchanging information through work groups and committees, OECD experts also compile analyses and reviews of various sectors. These could address one concrete sector in a single member state or compare a certain sector across many states (for example the PISA education survey, in which Estonia has excelled with high marks). OECD analyses also give suggestions for formulating policies in the relevant area.



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