On 2 August, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia, Ivita Burmistre, presented her credentials to OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurría.
At the official ceremony, the Ambassador thanked Angel Gurría for his support during the accession process and expressed readiness to actively take part in the work of the organisation in order to move ahead with reforms aimed at the long term development of Latvia and the promotion of its competitiveness, for instance, reforms in the governance of state-owned enterprises and measures for the fight against corruption and tax evasion.
Ambassador Burmistre noted that the OECD’s priorities concur with issues of importance for Latvia: the development of skills needed in the labour market, ensuring the quality and accessibility of education, reducing inequality, increasing productivity and competitiveness, and the use of opportunities offered by digital economies. Effective tax collection and the introduction of OECD standards in the exchange of information on taxation and transparency were outlined as further priorities in cooperation between Latvia and the OECD.
Angel Gurría commended the professional performance of Latvian institutions during the accession process and confirmed that the organisation’s experts are prepared to continue providing support for Latvia’s national priorities. Angel Gurría also outlined the areas where Latvia’s experience would be useful for other OECD countries, for instance, digitalisation and the reduction of administrative burden in public administration. He also highlighted the potential of Latvia for transferring knowledge and promoting OECD standards in the Central Asian countries prioritised by Latvia for its development cooperation and in EU Eastern Partnership countries.
In view of Latvia’s achievements during accession, Angel Gurría said he was convinced that Latvia will be able to put the vast pool of knowledge and recommendations of the organisation and political dialogues to good use for the enhancement of living standards of the Latvian people.
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