On 5 February 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in association with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) hosted a discussion on the opportunities for cooperation between Latvia and China in business and education. The event brought together more than 50 Latvian businesses from the sectors of food industry, transport and logistics, as well as representatives from a number of Latvia’s higher education institutions.
The State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, underlined in the discussion that economic cooperation had considerably intensified over the recent years. The interest of Latvian companies in China is growing, and the country has become Latvia’s second largest partner for trade in goods outside the European Union.
The Ambassador of Latvia to China, Māris Selga, pointed out that China is becoming increasingly interested in cooperation with Latvia.
During the discussion, the businessmen heard presentations on recent developments in cooperation between the countries in food export, the transport and logistics sector, and the promotion of tourism and education export. They were especially interested in the logistics connectivity solutions between Latvia and China and Chinese investment in Latvia. Representatives from universities called on all stakeholders to continue working to attract foreign students.
Taking part in the meeting were Raimonds Aleksejenko, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy; Gunta Arāja, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education and Science; Andris Maldups, Director of the Transit Policy Department at the Ministry of Transport; Ērika Pauliņa, Head of the International Marketing Division at the Food and Veterinary Service; Inguna Žīgure, Senior Expert of the Tourism marketing Division at the LIAA Tourism Department; and Agnese Stūrmane, Head of the LIAA Representative Office in China (Shanghai and Ningbo).
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