AmCham looks back at a succesful year amid crisis

AmCham held its 27th Annual General Meeting to review the past year’s activities, elect the Board of Directors and make other important decisions for the business continuity. U.S. Ambassador Carwile opened the meeting with remarks, stressing the importance of AmCham's advocacy activities and the close cooperation between the Embassy and AmCham in the last year. AmCham President Ingrida Karina-Berzina stepped down after 7 years of service. We are extremely grateful to Ingrida for her strong commitment and leadership! We welcome Dita Sile of Novartis as the newest addition to our Board and congratulate Liene Dubava, George Miu and Renate Strazdina on re-election! To see the current Board.

Leadership in turbulent times

Over 30 members of the Pan-Baltic network of AmChams in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined our first online Business After Hours hosted by excellent coaches Elena Zlygosteva and Artur Chernikau of TeamLead who led a timely discussion on extraordinary leadership in today's challenging environment.

What hinders investment

Factors hindering the investment growth were discussed at the last Member Focus Lunch as well as the impact of coronavirus pandemic. A group of members from various industries met to share their businesses and feedback on AmCham activities.

The wind of change is here

Martins Kazaks, Governor of the Central Bank of Latvia gave an overview on recent economic and financial trends for over 60 AmCham members and guests. He emphasized that global economy is still slightly growing despite volatility in the financial markets brought by the coronavirus outbreak and will leave its impact on the economic growth projections for Latvia this year. Download the presentation!

Election that will shape the course of the world

Dr. Thomas F. Schaller, Political Science Professor at the University Maryland met with AmCham members to brief them on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections and Primaries as well as U.S. election-related political and economic updates. This interactive discussion was moderated by political expert Martins Hirss.

Transatlantic Economy 2020 explores implications of COVID-19 pandemic

AmCham EU has published Transatlantic Economy 2020 study with annual survey of jobs, trade and investment between the United States and Europe. The edition stresses the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on both the European and U.S. economies.

COVID-19 update
AmCham supports Latvian government in efforts to moderate the impact of the virus

AmCham fully supports the strong and decisive action taken by the Latvian government to moderate the impact of the spread of COVID-19. On March 19, AmCham sent a letter to the government and the Saeima Economic Commission calling to implement comprehensive measures in the area of fiscal, monetary, sectoral, employment and social policies to minimize the negative impact on the economy.

Italy calls for support

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by coronavirus in Latvia, Europe, the U.S. and around the world. At this particular moment Italy needs considerable support to cope with Covid-19, therefore we invite you to support the fundraising campaign organized by the Lombardy Region in Italy. Welcome are monetary donations, medical supplies and devices.

What you need to know about downtime compensation

The outbreak of Covid-19 has significantly worsened the global financial situation and has adversely affected the daily work of companies, resulting in sudden and rapid changes in the labor market. Read more on the new regulatory framework entering into force on 26 March 2020 by Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns.

Covidbots - Covid-19 Virtual Assistant

Tilde together with Tet has developed - a virtual assistant that provides reliable inquiries and answers citizens' questions about Covid-19 in Latvia.

GSK supports global efforts to tackle COVID-19

GSK is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and is supporting global efforts to tackle the virus. GSK has been actively exploring ways to help, with their science and expertise, alongside protecting the health and well-being of people and managing their global supply chains to support patients and consumers who depend on their products.

Johnson & Johnson works on SARS-CoV-2

Johnson & Johnson is mobilizing resources of its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies in response to the outbreak to develop a possible preventive vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, leveraging Janssen's AdVac® and PER.C6® technology, that provide the ability to rapidly upscale production of the optimal vaccine candidate.

Novartis supports clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19

Novartis has announced broad range of initiatives in response to COVID-19 Pandemic, including donation of up to 130 million doses of hydroxychloroquine and creation of USD 20 million global fund to support impacted communities.

Bite Latvija donates 1000 smart devices for children

Recently Bite Latvija donated 1000 smart devices to those children who are lacking them for distance learning and all of them will be distributed to children throughout Latvia with the help of the Ministry of Education and Science.

Exonicus ranked 3rd in virtual Hackathon

Exonicus team was ranked 3rd in the first virtual hackathon in Latvia HackForce that was aimed to find solutions for the crisis caused by coronavirus. Exonicus team is currently working on a video simulation program for the development of a training scenario, which will be distributed immediately throughout Latvia through the Infectology and Disease Prevention and Control Center. Read more:

New member
Cambridge University joins membership

Cambridge University, that provides world-class qualifications, and education programs, has recently joined the Chamber as a Non-Profit member. We warmly welcome them to the Chamber!

SOS! SOS families are looking for support

Currently many families of the SOS Family Support Center are in urgent need of help. They lack financial savings, food and many other goods. Help them if you can!

Finish Mathscape and win €2000

Accenture Latvia has developed the first virtual escape-room Mathscape with the goal to make Nao the robot dance, by solving eight math and logic problems. Finish the game until March 31st and take part in a lottery where one lucky winner will receive a €2000 cash prize.

The dismissal of Riga City Council in focus for VA Policy Outlook

The team of VA Government brings you the next Policy Outlook – a quarterly report on general political and policy developments in Latvia. Key topics of the March issue are the emergency elections of the Riga City Council and developments in the pharmacy industry.


March 2020


Welcome to our newsletter. This is unprecedented time for all of us as we face disruption brought by the global pandemic. As all of you, AmCham adjusts to the new situation by transferring its operations online. We have already held the first two virtual events and we are working on more. We have started to gather information how our member companies are responding to the crisis and invite you to share your best practices, initiatives, services and advice for dealing with the impact of the pandemic! It has never been so important to stand together in solidarity, support each other, the community and those who are affected the most. Let us know how you can help!


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