From 9 to 13 April 2018, Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be visiting Latin America and meet with government officials in Chile and Costa Rica, as well as heading a mission of information and communication technology companies. It is being organised jointly with the European Union–Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) and the ELANBiz programme financed by the European Commission.
While visiting Chile, the State Secretary will co-chair political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Chile and meet with the Chilean Vice-Minister for Education. In Costa Rica, Andrejs Pildegovičs is to have a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonzalez Sanz. Meetings with the Latvian communities have also been scheduled in both countries.
In the late 2016, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania made an agreement with the EU–LAC Foundation on undertaking a study to identify common interests and cooperation opportunities. In the EU–LAC Foundation’s activity plan for 2017, the expansion of business cooperation between the Baltic States and the Latin American and Caribbean region has been identified as the main course of action for the foundation.
In the first half of 2017, ELANBiz (European and Latin American Business Services and Innovation Network), with financial support from the European Commission, carried out analysis on the offer of the Baltic high technology companies in terms of demand in the Latin American market. The study examined the potential of two Latin American countries – Chile and Costa Rica – for cooperation in the field of e-services. The business mission of the Baltic IT sector is taking place in view of the results of that study.