On 27 September, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, met with Bernhard Welschke, Secretary General of Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, to discuss further cooperation between Latvia and the OECD.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica emphasised that at this point it is vital not to stop at what has been achieved. Jointly with the business community we must be able to take up opportunities offered by the OECD membership. The OECD both encourages taking forward improvements to Latvia’s business environment and opens new access for Latvian companies to foreign markets. The organisation also creates prerequisites for the growth of foreign direct investment in Latvia, noted the Parliamentary Secretary.
Bernhard Welschke commended Latvia for remarkable progress made in the course of its accession to the OECD. Secretary General Welschke also recognised that priorities defined by Latvia for its further cooperation with the OECD – boost of productivity, development of skills required in the labour market, the fight against corruption and tax evasion – are in line with the BIAC’s priorities, which in turn are vital for business.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica also recalled that Latvian companies and business associations had advocated Latvia’s membership of the organisations. She also encouraged closer cooperation between the Latvian Employers’ Confederation (LDDK) and the BIAC that would offer an opportunity for Latvian businesses to directly take part in the OECD work.
The BIAC Secretary General is on a visit to Latvia to meet with the LDDK and its members for a discussion on benefits that Latvian businesses draw from the OECD membership and on how the LDDK can become a full BIAC member. Secretary General also met with Prime Minister and high ranking officials from the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Education and Science.
The BIAC is an international business network with a global membership, a trusted partner to the OECD, and the officially recognized business voice to the OECD.
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