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October 2023


Welcome to our monthly newsletter. This past month we held several networking events with an opportunity to mingle in an informal setting. Music enthusiasts enjoyed the second American Music Night with the best hits of Elvis Presley and the premiere of Verdi's opera "Don Carlos".

We held our traditional autumn Chili Cook-Off to determine who makes the best chili in town, and the winner is the Kukaiņu team!

This year's workshop on value-based procurement coincided with the launch of the RESAH Guidelines in Latvia. At the very end of the month, a group of members had the chance to share their feedback on AmCham activities at the Member Focus Lunch hosted by Roche Latvija.

We warmly welcome three new members who have joined the AmCham community in the past month: Codnity, H2YO Europe and Ness Latvia! We look forward to connecting with them and learning more about these and other new members at our Meet AmCham event next week on November 7th. Everyone is welcome!

Tomorrow we will be co-hosting a Human Capital conference together with the Saeima highlighting the importance of human capital development in furthering economic growth. The conference will be live-streamed. Tune in to watch at www.saeima.lv!

We hope to see you at one of our next events!



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Nov 01, 2023 (10:00-14:00) - Human capital as key for economic growth. Read more

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Nov 07, 2023 (18:00-21:00) - Members build networks. Read more

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Nov 14, 2023 (16:00-17:00) - Recap of healthcare initiatives. Read more

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Nov 15, 2023 (18:30-21:00) - Banking made better. Read more



Dec 07, 2023 (18:00-21:00) - Christmas Charity Reception. Read more


May 23, 2024 (17:30-21:00) - SOLD OUT! Opera Night: Premiere of "L'ELISIR D'AMORE". Read more





Members share their feedback

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A group of members, representing various industries joined the AmCham board and staff for a Member Focus Lunch on October 30 to discuss their businesses and provide feedback on AmCham’s activities. We are grateful to Roche Latvija and AmCham Board member Rauls Velins for hosting and providing a delicious lunch! Read more

Kukainu team wins Best Chili in Riga 2023

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On October 26, Kukainu team, represented by Janis Kukainis and Amy Hellkamp made their Kukaiņu Chili a winner at the 17th Annual AmCham Chili Cook-Off at Hilton Garden Inn Old Town Riga. The people’s choice award went to the Riga Graduate School of Law team for their Legally Chilly. Huge thanks to event supporters: AC Hotel by Marriott Riga, El Gringo, Indian Raja, Reaton Food and delicatessen department, Santa Maria and Ziedu Ekspresis. Read more


Music brings us closer together

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On October 18, AmCham held its second American Music Night featuring the music of ELVIS "The King" and members of the "Million Dollar Quarter" at Paddy Whelan's bar. It was a truly unique opportunity to experience American culture and live music played by Marko Ojala and SugarSugar band in the company of friends and fellow AmCham members.  Read more

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce visits Riga

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On October 11, the U.S. Embassy and Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga invited members to a joint Business After Hours at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga with a high-level U.S. government official Arun Venkataraman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In his remarks, the Assistant Secretary emphasized the power of American business. Read more


Launch of RESAH guidelines promoting value-based procurement

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On October 17, AmCham held its second workshop dedicated to Value-Based Procurement with an aim to raise awareness of value-based procurement in Latvian hospitals. The event was devoted to recently localized RESAH guidelines in Latvia. RESAH  is a public Central Purchasing Body specialized in both healthcare and medical-social sectors in France. The event featured lectures by Hans Bax, Partner of the European Alliance for Value in Health, Hugo Senichault, Strategic Pricing and Data Analytics Manager of Abbott France, and experts from several hospitals. Read more

Enjoying Verdi's masterpiece: Don Carlos

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On October 5, members and their guests enjoyed one of AmCham's signature events - Opera Night - with the premiere of Verdi's opera "Don Carlos" at the Latvian National Opera. As always, members had a chance to get together prior to the performance for an exclusive reception at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga. Don't miss the opportunity to join the next Opera Night and book your seats for the premiere of "L'ELISIR D'AMORE" on May 23, 2024! Read more




Codnity Dev becomes a member

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Codnity, a kick-ass independent full-cycle IT development company from Latvia, has become a Corporate member. The company provides unique products and solutions for businesses of any size, considering their purpose and philosophy. Their work on the projects includes UX/UI design, software development, testing, support, and maintenance. A warm welcome to AmCham! Read more

Welcome H2YO Europe to AmCham

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H2YO Europe, an innovative startup that is redefining refreshments for the modern workplace, has joined the Chamber as a Small Business member. The company's mission is to empower individuals and communities to prioritize their health and well-being through sustainable, innovative, and responsible drink solutions. A warm welcome to AmCham! Read more


Ness Latvia joins AmCham

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Ness Latvia, a NYC based firm focusing on digital strategy, technology and helping companies manage their digital transformation journey's, has joined the Chamber as a Corporate member. Ness has a 4000+ global workforce in 11 cities across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The firm counts clients such as S&P Global , HP, SAP , Michelin Connected Fleet. Ness is a leading employer in Eastern Europe with offices in Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic. A warm welcome to AmCham! Read more




Takeaways from the EU-US summit

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On October 20, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, met with the U.S. President, Joe Biden, and the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in Washington DC for the EU-US summit to review the transatlantic partnership and areas of cooperation within the partnership. They adopted a joint statement, which includes a roadmap to underpin and further strengthen the relationship for years to come.  Read more

RSU launches first military medicine course

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This academic year, Rīga Stradiņš University has started integrating a course called Military Medicine Fundamentals into the Medicine study program. This is not only the first military medicine course in the history of higher education in Latvia, but RSU is also the first university in the Baltic States to integrate this type of content into its curriculum. Read more


MikroTik and LMT showcase 5G high-performance router

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On October 18, Latvian tech companies MikroTik and LMT kicked off the 5G Techritory, Europe’s leading 5G ecosystem forum, with a demonstration of their jointly built high-power 5G router prototype, operating on a 5G mmWave spectrum. The router is expected to be particularly useful in the future for industries such as maritime and others that require powerful and fast data exchange. Read more

Kempinski Hotel receives numerous Awards

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Kempinski Hotel recently received the Award by the prestigious World Travel Awards as Latvia’s Leading Hotel and Latvia’s Leading Hotel Suite Presidential Suite 2023. In addition, Kempinski The Spa at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga has been honored as Latvia’s Best Hotel SPA 2023 by the World Spa Awards and Stage22 Restaurant & Bar at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga has been named Latvia's Best Hotel Restaurant 2023 by the World Culinary Award. Read more


Microsoft and Tilde supports students with hearing impairments

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Tilde in partnership with Microsoft aims to advance inclusive education through automatic speech recognition solutions. In the Proof-of-Concept stage, with the support of various NGOs and schools, Tilde has paved the way for a more accessible and equitable educational experience for individuals with hearing impairments. This solution is aligned with the EU legislation related to accessibility for groups of people with special needs, thus it is also part of the RRF financing-related priorities of National governments. Read more

BaltCap launches €200 mln successor infrastructure fund

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BaltCap held the first closing of its €200 million target BaltCap Infrastructure Fund II. The 20-year successor fund aims to contribute to increasing the resilience of the region with a focus on renewable energy generation, energy demand reduction, and social as well as transport infrastructure investments in the Baltics and Poland. The fund is an Article 9 fund under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.  Read more



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FranklinCovey invites to join live In-person group training “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” with FranklinCovey Latvia by facilitator Emils Lukjanskis in November. Application deadline - November 3. Read more

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Don't miss the lecture by Janis Borgs on Yayoi Kusama at Hotel Neiburgs on November 8. Read more


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