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AmCham as an Associate member of the Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia (FICIL), including a number of our members, is actively involved in its working groups aiming at proposing constructive recommendations to the government on a wide variety of issues.
FICIL is busy getting ready for the start of the new autumn season. In focus - Copyright and Tax issues, launch of the FICIL work groups and preparations for the new FICIL Sentiment Index discussed in detail at the FICIL Board meeting. Continue reading the August issue of our Office report to get more information.
FICIL members meeting - 12 September at 16:00
Tax issues and tax reform has been in focus for the last ten months. On 28 July, the Parliament adopted laws ensuring implementation of the tax policy reform as of next year. While there are many details still unknown, FICIL membership will have an opportunity to hear about key implications of the reform on business and investment, ask questions and have an open debate with others on 12 September at 16:00 when we are having our first Members meeting after the summer break dedicated to the Tax reform (venue: Balasta dambis 15, kindly provided by Swedbank). If a representative of your company hasn't registered attendance yet, it can be done here.
Updates from the FICIL Board and work groups
FICIL Sentiment Index - interviews in September/October
September is the time in year when we start the work on the annual FICIL Sentiment Index. The aim of the FICIL Sentiment Index is to summarize the key concerns and suggestions of the main foreign investors in Latvia. It is done on the basis of in-depth interviews carried out by the members of the FICIL Board. In the weeks to come FICIL office will provide you with more background information on the interviews, questions and timings that are convenient for your company. Latest FICIL Sentiment Index available here.
Improvements of Justice system in Latvia - your contribution needed
OECD and the Government of Latvia are carrying out the project with aim to assess access to justice. FICIL has been asked to flag up main concerns that are connected with the openness of Latvia's court system. To get deeper understanding of main challenges in the justice system, OECD has created a survey. Follow the link to go to the survey and have your say on what should be improved in the Latvian court system.
Open economy and more public services in English - in process
You may be aware that in summer we carried out a survey on availability of public services in English and submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Economy suggesting provision of specific public services also in English. The issue was discussed at the meeting of the National Economy Council (Tautsaimniecības padome) on 9 August. The Ministry of Economy plans to review it again in early Autumn.
Brexit and implementations for business and investment
The Brexit has been on businesspersons' minds since the last summer and still many things are not certain. In order to clarify the situation and to hear an update on international trade and a future UK and EU partnership, the newly appointed UK Ambassador to Latvia Keith Shannon met with the FICIL Executive Director Marta Jaksona. During the meeting parties covered also investment climate in Latvia which is a crucial factor to bring more UK companies to Latvia.
If you are interested in participating in the work of any of the work groups or would like to have more information, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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