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Estonian honorary consul in Liverpool Kai Hughes was elected President of the Consular Corps

16.04.2014

As of 2 April, the Estonian honorary consul in Liverpool Kai Hughes is President of the Consular Corps.

Estonia's ambassador in London, Aino Lepik von Wirén said that choosing Kai Hughes to be Dean of the Consular Corps shows that he and his work are appreciated. "Estonia also greatly values its honorary consuls and their contribution to helping Estonian citizens, as well as in introducing Estonia and promoting economic and cultural contacts in the UK," the ambassador noted.
Estonia currently has five honorary consulates in the United Kingdom, and we are working to strengthen the network of honorary consuls here. "This spring, we plan to open an honorary consulate in Belfast in Northern Ireland," the ambassador added.

Honorary Consul Kai Hughes pointed out that the Liverpool Consular Corps is the world's oldest and the role of President of the Consular Corps gives him an even better opportunity to introduce Estonia in the Liverpool area, as well as in the greater UK. The Liverpool Consular Corps unites both consuls and honorary consuls.

The Estonian Honorary Consulate in Liverpool was opened in November of 2012. Kai Hughes's consular area covers the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester metropolitan county, and the Isle of Man.

Honorary Consul Kai Hughes was born in 1960 in Fareham, Hampshire. Hughes is a graduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College and has a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester Metropolitan University and also has a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Liverpool. He has served as an Executive Officer in the Royal Navy and worked as Director of Legal Services and Governance at various universities in the UK. Since 2008, Hughes is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Cotton Association Limited (ICA), as well as executive director of the ICA's Bremen-based branch. Hughes is also actively involved with the University of Liverpool.

More information about Estonian honorary consuls can be found here:
http://www.estonia.gov.uk/est/aukonsulid.
Photos of the opening of the honorary consulate in 2012: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/8222578945/in/ph...

Information about Liverpool's Consular Corps: http://www.liverpoolconsularcorps.co.uk/.

For more information:
Helen Rits
Press and public affairs representative, Estonian Embassy in London
+44 79 2019 7993
helen.rits@mfa.ee


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