Estonian Ambassador to Georgia Toomas Lukk opened the Estonian Honorary Consulate in Batumi, the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in Georgia, on Monday, 16 November. Estonia’s honorary consul in Batum is Otar Sharadze.
Ambassador Toomas Lukk stated that Batumi and the Adjara region is developing rapidly. “The region is visited by more and more people each year, including Estonians, and therefore opening an honorary consulate in Batumi is a necessary step,” said Ambassador Lukk. The ambassador added that expanding the network of honorary consuls is important for Estonia, because the honorary consuls play an essential role in deepening bilateral contacts in the economic, cultural, educational, and tourism sectors. Honorary consuls also provide Estonian citizens with consular aid. “In August 2008, when he was just a candidate to be an honorary consul, Otar Sharadze was already providing aid to Estonian alpinists in Batumi,” Lukk noted.
Ambassador Lukk stated that Honorary Consul Sharadze feels that Batumi could continue to be an interesting travel destination for Estonians. “Our new honorary consul in Batumi is ready to work to develop tourism contacts, because Batumi is a wonderful place for both summer and winter holidays,” said Ambassador Lukk. Ambassador Lukk expressed hope that, as an entrepreneur familiar with the building and real estate sector, Honorary Consul Sharadze could help to develop business contacts between Estonia and Georgia. “Estonia’s new honorary consul is definitely the right man to support the Estonian Embassy in the business diplomacy sector,” Lukk asserted.
The consular region of the new Estonian honorary consul is the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. The honorary consulate is located at 39, Vazha Pshavela Str., Batumi, Georgia. The honorary consul can be reached by phone at +995 222 7-09-10 or +995 99 55-58-46 or by email at .
Otar Sharadze was born in 1953. He graduated from the Tbilisi Institute of Technology in the field of civil engineering. Sharadze has worked in Adjara’s Ministry of Urbanization and Construction for over ten years and his posts have included that of deputy minister. Since 2007 Estonia’s new honorary consul has primarily worked with his own engineering design firm Konstruktor-21, which he established in 1998. Otar Sharadze also gives building lectures at Batumi State University. The honorary consul speaks Georgian and Russian. The honorary consul has visited Estonia on several occasions.
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Estonian Ambassador to Georgia Opens Estonian Honorary Consulate in Batumi