Rebuilding trust in Latvia as an attractive investment opportunity

Prime Minister Kariņš addressed close to 200 members and guests of 5 Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Latvia during the luncheon where investors raised a number of critical issues: corruption, labor shortage, quality of education and spillover effects associated with reforms related to the financial sector.

Advancing well-being, empowering others

For the 6th consecutive year the Human Development Award was hosted by AmCham Latvia, the Civic Alliance in Latvia and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia. Winners of this year's Award are: Enģeļa pasts, ĢBAC Brīnumiņš, RTU Engineering High School and SOS Children's Villages in Latvia.

21 jobs of the future

September Business After Hours, hosted by Cognizant, offered members the chance to learn more about Cognizant's vision on the future of work. Work is changing due to automation and AI, but won't go away. Based on the major trends, Cognizant has come up with 21 new job roles that they believe will emerge over the next 10 years. Download the presentation!

Leadership driven by purpose

The next generation of business leaders are motivated by a sense of purpose. Graham Bird (UK), Fellow of Oxford Leadership provided a full day training at the very first AmCham Academy workshop. The AmCham Academy aims at helping leaders stay relevant in today’s changing business environment, refresh their skills and expertise critical to lead teams of various sizes and achieve their business goals.

Premiere of Spēlēju, Dancoju

On September 26, AmCham members and friends spent an opening night of the new production of I Played, I Danced ("Spēlēju, Dancoju") by Imants Kalnins, Imants Ziedonis and Rainis at the Latvian National Opera with an exclusive reception at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga. 70 people attended this highly popular program.

Members share their feedback

A group of AmCham members, representing various industries, were invited for the Member Focus Lunch on September 26 to discuss their businesses and to provide feedback on AmCham activities.

Next step in healthcare

Members of the AmCham Healthcare work group have prepared a vision statement and certain pilot projects for sustainable reforms in healthcare benefitting everyone. Our shared vision is longer and healthier lives for our society and better patient outcomes as the ultimate goal. It will be published soon.

Members visit private medical institutions

On September 3, members of the American, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce had a chance to visit seven Latvian medical institutions, including My Clinic Riga, Capital Clinic Riga, Orto Clinic, Diagnostic clinic ARS, Latvian American Eye Center, IVF Riga and Era Esthetique to learn what they can offer to local and international customers. The event was primarily designed for members from the tourism and hospitality industry.

Effectiveness of the procedural framework

AmCham President Ingrida Karina-Berzina moderated a panel “Effectiveness of the procedural framework in handling commercial and economic crime cases” held by the Ministry of Justice aiming to discuss the benefits of specialized commercial courts in Latvia. Watch the panel discussion!

A journey towards green future

Since 2010, Radisson Hotel Group has reduced the footprints of their hotels globally by 20%, including their energy, carbon, and water footprints. And they are looking to reduce that by a further 10% by 2022.

10 principles required for AI

How should artificial intelligence be regulated? The U.S. Chamber has released the Principles on Artificial Intelligence (AI) emphasizing the need for a sensible and innovation-forward approach to address both the challenges and opportunities of AI.

Iain Kennedy & Ilze Zoltnere join FICIL’s Board

Two new board members Iain Kennedy and Ilze Zoltnere have been elected to the management board of FICIL on September 9th. Ilze Zoltnere is the head of Corporate Banking in Luminor bank and Iain Kennedy is the CEO of insurance company Balta.

Happy Birthday Latvian Foster Family Association!

The charity we have supported for many years, the Latvian Foster Family Association, celebrates 25th Anniversary this year. Watch the video about their accomplishments!

Rumene Manor among best country house hotels

The country residence of our member and the 5 star Hotel Bergs Riga - Rumene Manor - has been named a winner in this year's Platinum List 2019 Awards.

New members
AC Hotel by Marriott Riga becomes a member

AC Hotel by Marriott Riga, the first brand new Marriott Chain hotel in Latvia with 239 hotel guest rooms and 4 multi-functional conference rooms, has joined the Chamber as a Corporate member.

Welcome RDSA Studio to the Chamber

RDSA Studio, a full service architecture and project management firm, has recently joined the Chamber as a Small Business member. Welcome to AmCham community!

Welcome Chris Reed to AmCham community

Chris Reed, an accomplished corporate executive, strategist and management consultant, recently joined the Chamber as an Individual member. We warmly welcome him to AmCham!

Gordon F. Sander joins the Chamber

We are please to welcome new Individual member Gordon F. Sander to AmCham! He is is a writer, journalist and photographer currently based in Riga. Gordon has mounted numerous exhibits of his photography both in the U.S. and the Baltic region, including exhibition "My America 2" this September in VEF Culture palace.

Success story
Innovative hi-tech for U.S. Army medics

Madigan's Emergency Medicine Research Department initiated Trauma Simulator project developed by our member Exonicus, Inc. and brought this virtual training to Iraq in 2018 to help downrange medical providers keep their trauma. Watch the video!


September 2019


Welcome to our latest newsletter. We had a very busy start of the season with the joint luncheon with Prime Minister Kariņš discussing issues directly affecting foreign investors' willingness to invest in Latvia. Fighting corruption, labor force shortage, quality of education and finance sector reforms were among main topics addressed. For the 6th consecutive year we were proud to continue co-hosting the Human Develolpment Award to honor inspirational people and organizations of Latvia. We held the very first AmCham Academy workshop and thanks to our member Cognizant learned more about 21 new job roles of the future. Mark your calendars and make sure you attend one of our most fun events of the year Chili Cook-Off!


Upcoming events


Oct 03, 2019

The future is coming

from 18:30 till 21:00


Oct 07, 2019

Keep your business cyber safe

from 14:00 till 16:00


Oct 15, 2019

Nebraska Nice team wins Best Chili 2019

from 19:00 till 21:00


Oct 17, 2019

Healthcare work group meeting

from 13:15 till 14:45


Oct 18, 2019

Toward a successful transport sector

from 11:30 till 14:00


Oct 29, 2019

Top-tier members meet the President of Latvia

from 08:00 till 10:00


Nov 12, 2019

Learn, pitch & network

from 18:00 till 21:00


Nov 27, 2019

How digitalization is changing insurance industry?

from 18:30 till 21:00


Dec 05, 2019

Kicking off the holiday giving season

from 18:30 till 21:00


Special Offers


Reinventing Media Business Forum 2019


Masterclass: How to stand out in Social Media?


Women in Leadership by SSE Riga


My America 2: a panoramic exhibition


Voucher for 100 EUR from Latvia Tours


Self-Managing Leadership® Program, October 15-17

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