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From June 12 to 16, 2019, Ambassador G. Varvuolis is visiting Singapore, where he takes part in ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation, https://www.asef.org/) Board of Governors meeting and other bilateral meetings. In his speech, the Ambassador underlined the importance of increasing of visibility of the Foundation, particularly among the youth, and thanked ASEF for presentation of ASEF programs to Lithuanian artists, who are looking for support to their projects in Asian countries. During the meeting, attention was also paid to the reform of the Foundation and current issues.
In his meetings with Singapore headquartered international shipping and seaport infrastructure development companies Ocean Network Express Japan, Port of Singapore Authority and Portek, Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis presented investment opportunities into Klaipeda Seaport, its expansion potential, and invited these companies to consider more active engagement in shipping activities in the Baltic Sea region. Excellent transport and logistics infrastructure, geographical centricity of Lithuania could serve as a perfect hub for Asian goods to enter EU, CIS and even further markets.
Ambassador Varvuolis also had an opportunity to meet Professor Tan Eng Chye, President of National University of Singapore, and deliver invitation to international science, innovation and business forum “Life Sciences Baltics 2020”, which will be held in Vilnius on September 30 – October 1, 2020. Strong life sciences and bio-tech sectors in both countries is an excellent stepping stone to increase mutual synergies and expand R&D cooperation.
In his meeting with the representatives of Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Ambassador Varvuolis discussed possibilities to deepen relations between business communities of both countries, and invited SBF to consider the possibility of Singaporean business mission to Lithuania in the nearest future.
On 24 May, Lithuania opened its Honorary Consulate in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Takeshi Okawara, Head of JC Comsa Corporation, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania.
On 23 May, Lithuania opened its Honorary Consulate in Sapporo after a year-long pause. Masahiro Fujii was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Hokkaido, Japan‘s largest prefecture. The Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis presented him a consular patent.
On 13 February, Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
On January 21, Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte.
At the presentation of letters of credence participated Acting Foreign Secretary of the Philippines Ernesto Abella. After the official ceremony Ambassador laid a wreath at José Rizal memorial in Manila.
Ambassador G. Varvuolis, residing in Tokyo, is the fourth ambassador of Lithuania to the Philippines. Lthuania and the Philippines have established diplomatic relations on December 15, 1991.
On 21 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Malaysia Gediminas Varvuolis officially opened Lithuania‘s 1st Honorary Consulate in Malaysia, Petaling Jaya, and presented a consular patent to the new Honorary Consul of Lithuania Mr Tai Boon Tatt.
Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his letters of credence to the Deputy King of Malaysia Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah on 20 December.
Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic of Singapore Halimah Yacob on 29 November.
On 3 November, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis officially opened Lithuania‘s Honorary Consulate in Adelaide.
On 1 November, the Ambassador of Lithuania Gediminas Varvuolis presented his credentials to the Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove.