Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi, Estonia’s Ambassador to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, presented today her credentials to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevêdo. In November, Estonia celebrates 20 years of membership of the WTO.
In a discussion following the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Saarsalu-Layachi stressed that an open world and economy had brought great success to Estonia in the past 20 years. “That is why Estonia considers it important that the World Trade Organization’s trading system based on agreements and rules remains efficient and strong in the world,” the ambassador added.
They also talked about the WTO reform and e-commerce that is particularly important for Estonia, and Ambassador Saarsalu-Layachi highlighted how new information and financial technologies would help make international trade simpler and more convenient. Director-General Azevêdo thanked Estonia for its support and stressed the importance of close cooperation, especially in light of the WTO’s upcoming ministerial conference in June next year.
Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi has worked in Estonia’s foreign service since 1991, and was an adviser in the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1996. In 1996-1999, she was an adviser at Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU, and in 1999-2003, the Director General of the Department of European Integration at the Foreign Ministry. From 2003 to 2009, Saarsalu-Layachi served as Estonia’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Slovakia, and the Swiss Confederation. She was also accredited to the UN Vienna headquarters, the IAEA and the CTBTO. From 2009 to 2019, Saarsalu-Layachi was the Director General of the Human Resources Department. From August 2019, Saarsalu-Layachi represents Estonia in Geneva in the UN and other international organisations.