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Inspiring visit to Accenture

Over 50 AmCham members enjoyed a fabulous networking event hosted by Accenture Latvia at their new Teo office. Members were offered an insight into company's main markets and structure. Members had a chance to learn how Agile project management approach enables Accenture to grow even faster and smarter.

 
 
Agile: to change is to grow

A masterclass on project and team management method “To change is to grow” was led by Toms Rusovs, Accenture Agile coach in Latvia. Members were offered not only an insight into theory and history of Agile, but also a practical training on Agile's Scrum project management.

 
 
Fighting Financial Crime

During our monthly business luncheon Ilze Znotiņa, Director of FIU Latvia shared her experience of regulatory issues in insolvency, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering, fraud and white-collar crime. Strengthening the dialogue between FIU and private sector was one of her key messages.

 
 
Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & SPA Hotel takes top prizes

During the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & SPA Hotel team Chile DeCautina y Plaza won 1st prize and the title of Best Chili in Riga 2018 as well as People's Choice Award.

 
 
A practical guide to U.S. market

Our next seminar in "Gateway to the USA" program included presentations on business travel options, business opportunities in the states of Kentucky and Iowa, trademark protection when doing business in the U.S. as well as best practices from a promising Latvian startup AERONES. Watch the full video of the event!

 
 
AmChams in Europe meet for annual conference in Israel

On October 14-17, executives from 33 AmChams in Europe gathered in Tel Aviv for the annual European conference, devoted to the sharing of best practices and knowledge exchange.

 
 
Chocolette Confectionary, Lursoft IT, Stonewin and Anna Mandel join the membership

Chocolette Confectionary, Lursoft IT, Stonewin and Anna Mandel have recently joined the Chamber. Read further to find out more about their businesses. We welcome them to the AmCham community!

 
 
Preparing for the new accounting law

FICIL calls to participate members interested in contributing to the new Accounting Law on February 12. If you would like to join the meeting discussing the draft law, please sign up: here

 
 
Key election takeways

Our member Vladlens Kovalevs, Managing Partner of VA Government has compiled a report on recent Parliamentary Election in Latvia. This election has often been regarded as, potentially, the most transforming election we have had in Latvia since the restoration of independence.

 
 
RBS introduces International Foundation Program

On October 3, the RTU Riga Business School received the status of a Recognized Teaching Institution and the University of London's permission to implement the International Foundation Program. The selection of candidates will begin in October 2018 and the classes in January 2019. This is a unique opportunity to study a foundation course for entry into any British university, many universities in Europe, USA and Australia competing on equal terms with the graduates of British secondary schools (A-levels) and IB programs.

 
 
US business concerned over EU digital tax proposal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU are concerned that the EU and individual member states may be moving towards adoption of a proposed Digital Services Tax.

 
 
A New NAFTA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's preliminary analysis of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement shows "numerous wins" in the areas of digital trade, intellectual property, financial services, and agriculture, however the Chamber is still reviewing the agreement and stopped short of offering a complete endorsement.

 
 
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Inspiring visit to Accenture

Over 50 AmCham members enjoyed a fabulous networking event hosted by Accenture Latvia at their new Teo office. Members were offered an insight into company's main markets and structure. Members had a chance to learn how Agile project management approach enables Accenture to grow even faster and smarter.

 
 
Agile: to change is to grow

A masterclass on project and team management method “To change is to grow” was led by Toms Rusovs, Accenture Agile coach in Latvia. Members were offered not only an insight into theory and history of Agile, but also a practical training on Agile's Scrum project management.

 
 
Fighting Financial Crime

During our monthly business luncheon Ilze Znotiņa, Director of FIU Latvia shared her experience of regulatory issues in insolvency, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering, fraud and white-collar crime. Strengthening the dialogue between FIU and private sector was one of her key messages.

 
 
Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & SPA Hotel takes top prizes

During the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & SPA Hotel team Chile DeCautina y Plaza won 1st prize and the title of Best Chili in Riga 2018 as well as People's Choice Award.

 
 
A practical guide to U.S. market

Our next seminar in "Gateway to the USA" program included presentations on business travel options, business opportunities in the states of Kentucky and Iowa, trademark protection when doing business in the U.S. as well as best practices from a promising Latvian startup AERONES. Watch the full video of the event!

 
 
Latvia adopts whistleblower protection law

On October 11, the Saeima took an important step towards strengthening of whistleblower protection by adopting the Law on Whistleblower Protection. AmCham strongly supported the new regulation believing it would benefit both businesses and public interests, and help promote a healthy corporate culture of accountability and integrity. We are delighted that our advocacy effort has succeeded and the Saeima has supported the Law in the final reading.

 
 
     
 

October 2018

 
     
 

Welcome to our busy and exciting fall season. We have many events planned for you to learn, exchange, network and enjoy. This month at AmCham we discussed business opportunities in the USA, met the Director of Finance Intelligence Unit and learned about Agile method from Accenture. We also had one of our most fun events of the year, our traditional Chili Cook-Off.

 
     
     
 

Upcoming events

 
     

Nov 02, 2018

The wisdom of teams

from 09:30 till 17:00

 
     

Nov 07, 2018

Members discuss growing need for qualified labor

from 14:00 till 16:00

 
     

Nov 29, 2018

Post-election scenarios explored

from 18:30 till 21:00

 
     

Dec 06, 2018

Kicking off the holiday season

from 18:30 till 21:00

 
     

Feb 21, 2019

Premiere of L’INCANTESIMO. PAGLIACCI

from 17:30 till 21:00

 
     
 

Special Offers

 
     
 

US-Tariffs - Force vs. Feasibility by AmCham Germany on November 28

 
     
 

10% discount on room rent at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

 
     
 

Public procurement 2018 conference on November 7

 
     
 
 
 
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