Parliamentary Secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica invites IT businesses to engage in procurements for development cooperation projects

13.09.2017. 17:12

On 13 September, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, met with Latvia’s IT companies to bring them up-to-date with development cooperation policy and the vast opportunities for businesses in this sector to engage in the implementation of development cooperation projects and to take part in calls for tenders launched by international organisations.

“Participation in development cooperation projects funded by the European Union and other donors offer huge business opportunities, which regrettably have been underexploited by Latvian companies until now. The EU and its Member States alone invest more than 50 billion euros in development cooperation annually. The Foreign Service is prepared to support Latvian businesses and represent their interests in EU institutions and regions prioritised by Latvia in its development cooperation – the Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia – in order to facilitate the involvement of Latvian companies in EU-funded development cooperation projects, offering IT products and services developed in Latvia,” Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica pointed out.

The Parliamentary Secretary also noted: “The awareness of digital technologies and opportunities they provide in promoting development cooperation is growing at the global political level. Funding to this area will continue increasing. This was one of the main agenda points at the informal meeting of EU ministers for development (Foreign Affairs Council) in Tallinn on 11 September.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in interested in working closer together with the IT cluster and companies in development cooperation. The Parliamentary Secretary also invited businessmen to share their current experience of project development and engaging in procurements by other donors, which can serve as a good basis for a focused advancement and protection of Latvia’s interests.    

The discussion took place as part of a meeting organised by Latvia’s IT cluster, which brought together about 20 companies. Project advisers and IT companies also shared their practical experience of taking part in EU tenders, drafting project applications and the implementation of projects. 

 

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