From 1 to 5 May 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will visit Denver, U.S., to take part in a conference titled “Spotlight Latvia” and in the 68th Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association.
The Spotlight Latvia Conference will be held for the second time and it is aimed at promoting economic cooperation between Latvia and the United States. The event enables Latvian businesses to better learn about U.S. companies operating in similar sectors, as well as to showcase their products and services. Meetings have also been planned with members of the diaspora business community – potential cooperation partners. This year’s conference is to focus on healthy living.
The Parliamentary Secretary will deliver opening remarks for the event. Other keynote speakers are: the Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S., Andris Teikmanis; the Latvian Minister of Economy, Ralfs Nemiro; the Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), Andris Ozols; the Executive Director at the Denver Office for Economic Development (Denver Economic Development & Opportunity), Eric Hiraga; and the President and CEO at the World Trade Center Denver, Karen Gerwitz.
The panel titled Medical Services and Healthcare Tourism will feature presentations by the Member of the Board of SAF Tehnika, Jānis Bergs; the Founder and Head of the Latvian Health Tourism Cluster, Gunta Ušpele; the Head of the Latvian Center of Cardiology at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, Andrejs Ērglis; the Chairman of Valmiera City Council, Jānis Baiks; the President of the American Latvian Association, Pēteris Blumbergs, and others.
From 3 to 5 May, Denver will host the 68th Annual ALA Congress, at which Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will deliver an opening speech and take part in a discussion titled “The old exile community and the new diaspora. Do we hear one another?”. The congress will also hold discussions on the ways to cooperate towards the promotion of Latvia’s economic development and on challenges to the U.S. and Latvia in the present-day political context. A representative from the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia will inform the audience about the opportunities for cooperation between researchers in Latvia and those from the diaspora. Journalist Pauls Raudseps will share his reflections on the outcomes of the election to the 13th Saeima, and the Member of the Board of SAF Tehnika, Jānis Bergs, will speak about Latvians doing business in the U.S., business cooperation and building a network for entrepreneurs of Latvian descent in the U.S.