Season's Greetings
 
Happy Holidays from our team to yours!

Thank you for a fantastic year! With 3000+ attendees, 50 events and 20+ new members 2019 has been one of the most successful years for AmCham. We launched a Healthcare working group, issued two position papers and promoted five advocacy topics. Together with our partners we co-hosted the American-Latvian Innovation Award and Human Development Award. Thank you to our dedicated Board members, working group representatives, partners, speakers and most importantly, our members! We look forward to a great year ahead and wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year! Revisit gallery of 2019 events

 
 
Events
 
AmCham welcomes new U.S. Ambassador

Our top-tier members had an exclusive opportunity to meet new U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, John Carwile who shared his main priorities and engaged into a frank discussion with members emphasizing the strong and enduring partnership between the U.S. and Latvia.

 
 
Kicking off the holiday giving season

AmCham raised EUR 1350 at its annual Christmas Charity reception for its principal charities. In total EUR 3250 has been donated to Bezvests.lv, RMHC Latvija, SOS Children Villages and Latvian Foster Families this year. Over 70 adults and 30 children joined our festive Christmas event offering various activities for children, including a visit from Santa, Christmas crafts, gingerbread workshop and marshmallow roasting.

 
 
Transforming customer experience

December Business After Hours was hosted by Luminor customer center Terbata where members had chance to hear the economic forecast for 2020 from leading economist Peteris Strautins and find out more about the transformation process at Luminor from its Country Manager in Latvia, Kerli Gabrilovica.

 
 
New member
 
Welcome Hilton Garden Inn to membership

Hilton Garden Inn Riga Old Town, the first Hilton property in Latvia with 100 rooms and the hotel's on-site restaurant - the Beef Room, has recently joined the Chamber as a Corporate member. We warmly welcome them to AmCham!

 
 
News
 
Citadele and Novartis are Members of the Year

The Member of the Year Award recognizes particular members who have gone the extra mile in supporting AmCham in the past year. Members of the Year are Citadele banka and Novartis Baltics who have been the most active and engaged members throughout 2019. These companies helped facilitate our mission to foster US-Latvia business ties and build a better business environment.

 
 
Obstacles to hiring international talent removed

On Tuesday, December 10, the Cabinet of Ministers supported the removal of several bureaucratic obstacles to hiring international talent. We would like to thank and congratulate our Labor working group, and especially, Irina Kostina (Ellex Klavins) who contributed to the positive outcome of these long-awaited amendments!

 
 
Healthcare continues to be a hot topic

Members came together for the 10th meeting of the working group this year to discuss next steps and actions for implementing an Oncology Data Registry Design Thinking Seminar and started planning a conference on data-driven healthcare, which will be held on April 29 together with the Ministry of Health.

 
 
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

 
 
Baltic-American Dialogue program open for applications

Public organizations (all NGO sector) are invited to apply for Baltic-American Dialogue program to receive financial support up to 10 000 USD to host speakers from the U.S. to travel to Baltics. Applicant organizations are encouraged to design projects and invite experts to address the interests of their unique constituencies. Application deadline is February 1. Apply here!

 
 
8 steps to follow OFAC sanctions

How do OFAC Global Magnitsky Sanctions Regulations work? Eversheds Sutherland Bitans has prepared a brief summary of the applicable rules including those concerning foreign political and economic sanctions relevant to Latvian residents.

 
 
The dispute settlement crisis in WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is facing a crisis in its system for resolving disputes between its members. As of December 10, the WTO Appellate Body is under critical demise, as the organization's Appeal Court is invalidated. The WTO collapse is the consequence of the U.S.' decision to invoke its veto powers and not appoint new judges to the Appellate Body.

 
 
     
 

December 2019

 
     
 

As the year is coming to a close, we would like to thank you, our members, for your continuous support. This has been extremely productive and exciting year for AmCham. We held a record number of events (50!) with over 3000 participants. We had 3 active working groups and promoted 5 advocacy topics. Thank you for a fantastic year! Happy New Year!

 
     
     
 

Upcoming events

 
     

Jan 15, 2020

Latvian investment climate still average

from 14:00 till 16:00

 
     

Jan 17, 2020

Toward excellence in education

from 12:30 till 15:00

 
     

Jan 22, 2020

What enhanced due diligence means for banks and their customers?

from 10:00 till 12:00

 
     

Jan 28, 2020

From brain drain to brain gain

from 18:00 till 20:30

 
     

Feb 07, 2020

Communication is key in the new financial landscape

from 11:30 till 14:00

 
     

Feb 20, 2020

A memorable premiere: The Queen of Spades

from 17:30 till 21:00

 
     
 

Special Offers

 
     
 

Masterclass by Tulkot.lv

 
     
 

Festive Season Celebrations at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

 
     
 

Christmas & New Year's Eve Dinner at Grand Palace Hotel

 
     
 

A gift for a perfect vision from LAAC

 
     
 
 
 
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