Welcome to the 2nd ­

World Latvian Economics & Innovations Forum

July 9-10, 2015, Riga, Latvia

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Jul 20, 2015

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Jul 10, 2015

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“The objectives that we set out organising first forum - to promote the engagement of Latvian entrepreneurs and experts living abroad in the strengthening of Latvia’s national economy – are even more significant in view of the current geopolitical tensions and their impact on Latvian economic growth. This is the time when Latvian professionals abroad can offer assistance to Latvia in the most direct manner, assist Latvian businesses in finding new export markets, open their production facilities abroad, develop business ideas and help attract foreign investment.”

Jānis Kukainis, Chairman of the World Federation of Free Latvians

Meet our speakers

Artis Pabriks

Member of the European Parliament, Latvia

Artis Pabriks is an elected member of the European Parliament since 2014 and a member of the Committee on International Trade responsible for the EU‘s common commercial policy and its external economic relations. He is the EP's chief reporter on the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Previously, served as the Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

Kārlis Šmits

World Bank Senior Economist in China

Kārlis Šmits has worked at the World Bank since 2006 focusing on economic growth, structural reforms and fiscal policy. Since 2013, his main responsibilities include analyzing China's economic developments and undertaking policy dialogue with the Government of China. He is the lead author of China Economic Update, a regular World Bank publication on key economic developments in China.

Andris Piebalgs

Advisor to the President of Latvia

Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who occupied key positions in both national and European political fields. Before becoming adviser to the President of Latvia, Piebalgs served as the European Commissioner for Energy (2004-2010) and the Commissioner for Development (2010-2014). Before joining the Commission, Andris Piebalgs pursued a political career, occupying strategic ministerial portfolios. He was also a high-ranking diplomat, helping Latvia to play its role in the EU.

Normunds Staņēvičs

Rīgas piena kombināts JSC (Food Union Group), Chairman of the Board

Normunds Staņēvičs is the Chairman of the Board of the leading dairy producer and the biggest food producer in Latvia – Rīgas piena kombināts JSC (Food Union Group). Prior to joining Rīgas piena kombināts, in 2013, Normunds Staņēvičs managed the change process in the publishing house Diena JSC as Chairman of the Board, worked as Financial Director at oil transshipment company Ventspils Nafta JSC, and 6 years in Corporate Finance at Deloitte.