On 2 May 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, took part in a conference titled “Spotlight Latvia” in Denver, U.S.
The Spotlight Latvia Conference was held for the second time and it was 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. This year’s conference focuses on healthy living.
At the opening session of the conference, the Parliamentary Secretary noted that healthy lifestyle, wellness tourism and eco-tourism, recreation, organic and healthy food, green technologies and biotechnologies were rapidly growing businesses both in Latvia and across the entire Northern Europe.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica also underlined the importance of security for stimulating economic growth: “We have a deep-rooted understanding that long-term economic prosperity must be based on strong national security and defence. In the modern inter-connected world, this cannot be achieved without having trusted Allies. Therefore, Latvia is proud to be an active and reliable member of NATO for 15 years already.”
“Latvia can be described as one of the safest countries in Europe. It helps to ensure that it is a safe and attractive place to live, work and invest in – not only today, but also in the long term,” the Parliamentary Secretary went on saying.
Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica also underlined the importance of the EU Single Market as the reason for and an advantage in building partnerships with Latvian businesses. Both the European Union and the United States are not only the two largest, but also the most like-minded, open and transparent economies. Trade is an important part of our relations. Therefore, the EU and the United States need to work together to reduce barriers to mutual trade, the Parliamentary Secretary underlined.
“I believe that among the more than 100 participants there will be many new business contacts and hopefully also new cooperation contracts within and after the Spotlight Latvia business conference,” Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica underlined in conclusion. During the conference, a number of U.S. companies expressed their intention of building cooperation with partners in Latvia.
Other speakers to address the audience were: 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; and the Executive Director at the Denver Office for Economic Development (Denver Economic Development & Opportunity), Eric Hiraga.
The panel titled Medical Services and Healthcare Tourism featured 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.
The conference was organised by the Latvian American Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Latvia in the United States, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, the American Latvian Association, the World Federation of Free Latvians, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia (Am Cham).
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