On 9 March, the first working group meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate Latvia’s activities in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The working group was established after Latvia had been granted the status of an OECD member and includes representatives from public authorities, social partners and business associations.
The chairman of the working group, Under-Secretary of State of the Foreign Ministry, Andris Pelšs, reported on what has been achieved since Latvia joined the OECD and outlined this year’s major events both for the country and the organisation. Ambassador Ivita Burmistre from the Permanent Delegation of Latvia to the OECD and UNESCO presented the OECD’s work programme for the next two years and preparations for the Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris on 7-8 June.
The members of the working group exchanged views on how the recommendations received during the accession negotiations are being implemented and on cooperation with the OECD committees since Latvia’s accession to the organisation. Representatives from public institutions informed the working group about the adoption of the OECD’s best practice and policy improvements in the areas such as education, health care, tax policy, and corporate governance of state-owned companies. The Ministry of Economics introduced the preparation of the second OECD Economic Survey of Latvia, which is to assess the economic situation and progress made with reforms since 2015, as well as to produce further recommendations.
The working group heard a report by the Latvian Employers’ Confederation on cooperation with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
The working group members concurred that they will regularly share information and use this format also in future to agree on a coordinated action in protecting Latvia’s interests in the organisation. The next meeting to be held in September will take stock of what Latvia has accomplished during one year of its membership and set future priorities for cooperation.
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