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Baltics and Nordics getting closer together: how to deepen and expand Latvian and Finnish economic relations

Time             12th June 2019 from 15:00 to 17:00

Place            Embassy of Latvia, Armfeltintie 10, 00150 Helsinki

After a period of somewhat day-to-day interrelation if compared to the “romantic wave” of the beginning of the 90ies, one might argue that the Baltics and Nordics are getting closer again. Finland joins Rail Baltica and a Finn becomes the CEO of RB Rail; Estonia, Finland and Latvia has agreed on a common gas market; the electricity market between the Baltics and Nordics is in place already.

Could these new circumstances give a positive boost to the economic relations between Finland and Latvia? Could the objective of the new Latvian government to continue moving steadily to a higher value added economy and proceed with several hard reforms be a helpful driver? What about the perspective and priorities of the Finnish economy?

We wish you warmly welcome to this event to exchange views on the perspectives of the deepening Latvian and Finnish economic cooperation.

The event is organised by the Embassy of Latvia in cooperation with Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Finnish-Latvian Business Association, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Business Finland and Enterprise Europe Network.

PROGRAM

15:00           
Introduction
Ms.
Kristīne Našeniece, Ambassador of Latvia, Embassy of Latvia in Finland

15:10           
Mr. Arvils Ašeradens,
Member of the Parliament, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for the Cooperation with Finland, Chairman of the Science and Education Committee, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics of Latvia

15:25           
Mr. Olli Kantanen,
Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Former Ambassador of Finland to Latvia (2014 - 2018)

15:40           
Panel discussion: exploring potential for co-operation

Mr. Ašeradens, Member of the Parliament, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for the Cooperation with Finland, Chairman of the Science and Education Committee, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics of Latvia                      

Mr. Kantanen, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Former Ambassador of Finland to Latvia (2014 - 2018) 


Mr. Risto Hiekka, Chairman of the Board of the Finnish-Latvian Business   Association  

Representatives of the Finnish enterprises active in Latvia (TBC)
Representatives of the Latvian enterprises established in Finland (TBC)


16:00           
Discussion


16:20           
Networking and refreshments


17:00           
End of the event

The event is held in English and it is free of charge, but needs registration by Wednesday, 5th June 2019  https://www.lyyti.in/latviaembassy2019

 

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