Update on COVID-19
 
Ways to help during the COVID-19 Pandemic

During this emergency situation due to COVID-19 pandemic Latvian doctors and emergency services are working long hours. There are various charity campaigns to support medical professionals and police officers either by donation or providing in-kind support during this hard time: Ziedot.lv,Latvijas Ārstu biedrība, Hospiss LV, Crisis and Counselling Center Skalbes and #paliecmājās.

 
 
EU cooperation and solidarity to tackle COVID-19

The efforts of the EU and its Member States were critical for the European response to the COVID-19 crisis. An unprecedented challenge calls for an unprecedented response, and with the health, social and economic measures taken, the EU rose to the occasion. AmCham EU calls on the EU to continue its efforts to mitigate the economic impact with Solidarity, Single Market, and international cooperation.

 
 
ACE Statement: Solidarity, Coordination & Action

Never before has there been such a moment - such a crisis - when it feels so right and important for AmChams in Europe (ACE) to speak out, as the business community across Europe and the wider region of Europe/Eurasia, and to show that ACE has come up with Joint Statement on Solidarity, Coordination, and Action.

 
 
Global Dashboard on COVID-19 Government Policies Launched

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce introduces the Global Dashboard on COVID-19 Policies to stay informed of the ever-changing regulatory landscape in response to this pandemic. The U.S. Chamber's International Affairs Division continues to update the dashboard and will add countries and fields as information becomes available. Click here to view it

 
 
Public portal on the COVID-19 pandemic

AmCham EU has developed a public portal to share information and resources on the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal brings together updates from the EU institutions and Member States, as well as insights into the business response to the crisis. Visit the portal

 
 
COVID-19 Review of Government Support Mechanisms

VA Government presents an updated list of support measures implemented by the Latvian government to support the businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. View the full report!

 
 
Corporate legal issues during COVID-19 pandemic

COBALT Legal Partner Gatis Flinters speaks about managing companies remotely and handling situations where the company cannot meet its obligations in his article: COVID-19 in Latvia - Corporate legal issues

 
 
Member spotlight
 
Citadele: We want to support the Baltic economy in good and bad times

Before Latvia announced a state of emergency, Citadele bank underwent a change in leadership when its CEO of many years Guntis Beļavskis resigned. Citadele Bank Acting CEO and Board Member, CFO Johan Åkerblom, says the bank's development strategy remains the same and while aiming at growing its market share, today's focus is on providing uninterrupted services to its customers.

 
 
Members who help
 
BITE provides free services to medial staff

In order to facilitate the work of medical staff during this crisis, BITE Latvija provides free communication services to its business clients - hospital and general practitioner practitioners for three months. In addition, BITE Latvija provided 3000 smart devices to school children in Latvia who are not able to continue their schooling remotely from home.

 
 
PwC’s COVID-19 Navigator

PwC’s team of specialists collaborated to create a digital assessment tool - PwC’s COVID-19 Navigator - to help understand the potential impact on business functions that require specific attention during this COVID-19 emergency situation.

 
 
Exonicus helps hacking the virus

Exonicus team has developed a computer and smart-device simulation program that provides training to medical personnel caring for COVID-19 patients. The next step is to deliver the software to Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians International Board, and the World Health Organization . In addition, the program has received a donation from the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation. Read more

 
 
Mikrotikls donates €10 000 to Children's Hospital

The Children's Hospital Foundation has received a donation of 10,000 euros from Latvian IT company known for its wireless routers - Mikrotikls. It will help to improve the safety of small patients in areas where special precautions are currently needed - Intensive therapy, Neonatology intensive therapy and Hemato-oncology departments.

 
 
EY, SAP & Qualtrics collaborate

EY, SAP and and Qualtrics have recently announced a collaboration to provide resources to governments around the world as they battle the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Solutions are available to all 50 U.S. states and more than 90 countries worldwide.

 
 
Hilton & American Express donates up to 1 Million Rooms to Frontline Medical Professionals

On April 6, Hilton and American Express announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton's ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.

 
 
     
 

Weekly newsletter, April 24

 
     
 

Welcome to our first weekly newsletter. We would like to bring you updates and highlights of our member activities and initiatives on a more regular basis. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our community, we have canceled all in-person events and instead launched new webinar series "Connect with AmCham" bringing experts from various fields to explore the most pressing challenges we are facing today. Check the list of upcoming webinars below and make sure to join! We look forward to sharing best practices, initiatives, services and advice for dealing with the impact of the pandemic!

 
     
     
 

Upcoming events

 
     

Apr 28, 2020

How to stay productive while working from home?

from 15:00 till 15:45

 
     

Apr 30, 2020

The Covid-19 Crisis and Economic Recovery in Europe

from 12:00 till 13:00

 
     

May 05, 2020

Out-Innovate the Pandemic

from 17:00 till 18:00

 
     

May 06, 2020

Tracking genetic evolution of COVID-19

from 15:00 till 15:45

 
     

May 07, 2020

Healthcare: today's hot topic

from 16:00 till 17:00

 
     

May 12, 2020

Preserving jobs and other solutions in times of COVID-19

from 15:00 till 15:45

 
     
 

Special Offers

 
     
 

Humanity Conference: Stay Human, Stay Home, April 24

 
     
 
 
 
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