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Update on healthcare projects
Apr 08

At the latest Health Work group meeting members discussed the implementation of five pilot projects in 2021: Oncology data registry, Digital health strategy, Secondary use of health and social data, Health Data Summit and Value based healthcare approach. Members also discussed speakers and topics for upcoming work group meetings and agreed to invite the AmCham EU Healthcare committee to share best practices.

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Exploring opportunities for collaboration with NHS
Apr 07

On April 7, AmCham Healthcare working group held an introductory meeting with Aris Kasparans, Director of the National Health Service of Latvia to inform him about the healthcare projects conducted and to hear about the future priorities of NHS.

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Global Human Capital Talks: Latvia and Ukraine
Apr 01

AmCham Latvia took part in a live event "Global Human Capital Talks" held by AmCham Ukraine and Deloitte Ukraine on the topic of upskilling, main challenges for Latvian business in the area of human capital and main human capital trends in 2021. Joning as experts were Renate Strazdina, Country Manager Baltics of Microsoft and Zane Culkstena, CEO of ERDA who shared their views on top required skills currently and tomorrow, different skilling programs and the importance of partnership among public and private sector as well as with universities. Revisit the discussion HERE!

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Interested in the U.S. market? Have your say.

Mar 31

If you are interested in doing business in the U.S., please take part in a short survey. AmCham Latvia in cooperation with the Latvian Commerce of Commerce and Industry is planning to organize series of webinars for entrepreneurs and start-ups who are willing to enter the U.S. market. We have developed a survey (in Latvian) with an aim to identify potential topics of importance for the Latvian entrepreneurs to help us provide the right content. Please fill out the survey HERE by April 8, 2021. 

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Zinta Jansons continues to lead AmCham

Mar 26

On March 18, Zinta Jansons was re-elected as Chair of the Board and President of AmCham Latvia for 2021-2022. She has served as a Board Member since 2016. Zinta is Co-head of the Finance & Tax practice at the law firm Ellex Klavins. Liene Dubava, Roberts Melbardis, Pauls Miklasevics and Ieva Racenaja were elected as Vice Presidents for the next year. Congratulations to the re-elected officers!

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AmCham hosts second virtual Annual General Meeting
Mar 26

On March 11, AmCham held its 28th Annual General Meeting to review the past year’s activities, elect the Board of Directors and make other important decisions for the business continuity. U.S. Ambassador Carwile opened the meeting with remarks focusing on the priorities of the new administration and the U.S. response to the pandemic. During the breakout sessions, members discussed advocacy priorities, U.S.-Latvia business ties and how to add value and provide networking opportunities in the virtual environment. In 2021 AmCham will focus on the following policy priorities: 1) Enhancing trade and investment and continuously raising awareness of economic opportunities between Latvia and the U.S., 2) Improving the investment and business climate in Latvia, 3) Getting prepared for the future of work and 4) Improving health outcomes of Latvia’s society. 

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The knowns and unknowns of COVID-19 vaccines
Mar 26

On March 26, members had a unique opportunity to engage in an online discussion on the development and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines with Professor Kaspars Tars, Senior Researcher at the Biomedical Research and Study Center of Latvia. Professor Tars gave an in-depth presentation on different vaccine types, how they work and their efficacy against new variants. 

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Transatlantic Economy 2021 released

Mar 24

A new survey from AmCham EU and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that the transatlantic economy is on the mend thanks to the massive policy response to the recession brought on by COVID-19. Both the EU and the U.S. are set to see a return to growth in 2021, although the rebound is uneven with the U.S. powering ahead. The report notes that the fundamentals of the transatlantic relationship remain strong and will likely play a key role in the economic recovery to come. Read the report HERE.

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First fully virtual AmCham EU Brussels Briefing

Mar 24

On Friday, 19 March, AmCham EU hosted the first fully virtual Brussels Briefing, with over 40 representatives from 26 AmChams in attendance. The objective of the Brussels Briefing is to inform AmCham colleagues about the latest developments in EU policy, exchange advocacy best practices and network. Find out more here.

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Top employers announced

Mar 23

Swedbank was ranked Top Employer 2020 and also the best employer in the financial sector according to survey conducted by CV-Online. Our members Citadele banka,  SEB bank, Luminor Latvija were also named among top 5 in the financial sector. airBaltic won the title in the transport and logistics sector and Premier Restaurants Latvia was declared the 3rd best employer in the public catering sector. MikroTik was last year's 3rd popular in the production sector, Accenture Latvia ranked 2nd best and Bite Latvija the 4th best in the IT and telecommunications sector.

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