On 20 June 2018, the Permanent Representative of Latvia, Ambassador Astra Kurme, presented her credentials to the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin.
In the ensuing conversation, the Ambassador emphasised the rapidly growing global importance of renewable energy resources and the increasing role of the International Renewable Energy Agency. It is vital to ensure information exchange on innovative technologies between the agency’s member states in order to reduce the costs of renewable energy resources. It is essential that in the near future the agency develops into a centre for science, excellence and innovation, which could influence the resolution of issues related to global renewable energy resources and offer cooperation opportunities to its members, as well as providing the necessary assistance in project development and decision-making as concerns the management of the energy system.
Astra Kurme is the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Before that posting, from 2013 to 2017, she was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Moscow, Russia. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Under-Secretary of State at the Latvian Foreign Ministry in Riga. From 2006 to 2011, Astra Kurme represented Latvia in the Republic of Italy, Albania, San Marino, Malta, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Astra Kurme joined the diplomatic service in 1993.
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