Riga Health Data Summit: Sharing is Caring

The first Health Data Summit Riga raised the much-needed debate about data usage in healthcare. Thanks to the extensive inspiration and knowledge gained during the summit a roadmap for digital health strategy will be created. At the conference leading international experts highlighted the importance of data quality and explore ways to implement digital health data strategy in healthcare policymaking. It was organized by AmCham Latvia, the Ministry of Health, the National Health Service in cooperation with Novartis Baltics and Roche Latvija. Partners: The Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia, Microsoft Latvia, AbbVie, Janssen and TVNET. Revisit the summit!

World Latvian Economics and Innovations Forum

This year World Latvian Economics and Innovations Forum focused on strategies of Latvia's post-COVID economic recovery, The Three Seas Initiative and the European Green Deal. Revisit the event!

How did the U.S. vote?

On November 11, AmCham members had an opportunity to join an online discussion explaining the results of the U.S. Presidential election moderated by Pauls Raudseps with Ambassador Ojars Kalnins, Asssociate Professor Daunis Auers, OSCE election observer Lolita Cigane and Political analyst Martins Hirss.

What’s in store for Europe’s recovery plan?

Members had an opportunity to learn more about Europe’s recovery plan from experts representing the European Commission Representation in Latvia and the Ministry of Finance who both emphasized that the EU Recovery plan and EU budget for 2021-2027 are based on the following objectives: investment in the green and digital transitions as well as provision of high quality healthcare services. Revisit the event!

Creating organizations as amazing as the people inside them

On 12 November, London Business School professor Gary Hamel and co-author and co-founder of the Management Lab Michele Zanini discussed the ideas that underpin their new book Humanocracy during the webinar organized in partnership with Tatarklubben.

New Members
Welcome McCANN Riga to AmCham

McCANN Riga, the fastest growing agency in 2016 and historically TOP3 most awarded agency in Latvia, has joined the Chamber as a Corporate Contributing member. McCANN Riga is part of the global McCANN WorldGroup agency network represented in 180+ cities around the globe. We are proud to welcome McCANN Riga to AmCham!

Smartomica becomes a member

Smartomica, a Latvia-based biotech company focused on the development of comprehensive AI-based solutions, has joined the Chamber as a Corporate member. Smartomica has gained large experience in clinical practice with a special focus on oncology providing diagnostics to the patients in Israel and currently setting up a medical structure in Riga. We warmly welcome them to AmCham!

Arnis Kakulis rejoins AmCham as an Individual member

Arnis Kakulis, our former President who has worked in the design and construction industry for over 30 years, has re-joined the Chamber as an Individual member. He served as a Board member of AmCham Latvia from 2013-2019, including as President in 2015-2017 and 2018-2019 and as Vice President in 2014-2015 and in 2016-2017. A very warm welcome to Arnis!

Vismands Menjoks joins membership

Vismands Menjoks, an active advocate for AI technologies with over 10 years' experience in sales and business development, has recently joined the Chamber as an Individual member. We warmly welcome him to AmCham community!

Raising issues topical for labor force training and benefits

The latest Labor Force work group meeting on November 17 was devoted on various topics: amendments in the Personal Income Tax legislation with regard to remote work and workforce benefits and training content related to upskilling and reskilling programs.

Next steps and update on healthcare issues

During the November healthcare work group meeting members discussed the draft Biobank Law, the Public Health Guidelines for 2021-2027, results of the Design Thinking Workshop on improvement of the Oncology data registry, the upcoming Health Data Summit and legal framework on secondary use of health data. The next work group meeting will focus on brainstorming on next steps to implement the AmCham health vision.

FICIL Activity Update

The FICIL Sentiment Index launch event is planned for January 2021. Investors have given their opinion on challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, policy makers job performance and Latvia's competitiveness in attracting foreign investment. Stay tuned for the results of the Sentiment Index! In addition, FICIL has been involved in discussions on the draft law on Higher education, the port reform draft law, fair competition legislation, the developments in the creation of the deposit system, highlighting the progress of the "consult first" principle in the public sector as well as insolvency legislation meetings. Check the calendar for upcoming meetings and get involved!

Join EU-US Hackathon to crush the crisis!

Garage48, Startup Wise Guys, and the U.S. Embassies in Tallinn, Copenhagen, Vilnius and Riga have gotten together to crush the crisis and build a stronger, more resilient and trusted post-crisis economy. To support that goal, join an online global hackathon from December 3 to 6, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely altered the world's economic landscape, changing everything from where people work to how they consume. Communities will put forward real and pressing economic challenges they are facing - and creative problem-solvers around the world will have a chance to team up online over 48 hours to design innovative solutions. Help to build a stronger post-crisis economy and join the hackathon!


November 2020


Welcome to our monthly newsletter. November has been filled with online events devoted to topics important for the business community. In close partnership with the Ministry of Health and National Health Service we held the Health Data Summit Riga raising the much-needed debate about data usage in healthcare. The summit brought together experts from the U.S. and Europe discussing digital transformation of health. We hope the summit will serve as a catalyst in implementing a new, patient-centered and efficient e-health system.

This year’s World Latvian Economic and Innovation Forum explored strategies for Latvia's post-COVID economic recovery, the Three Seas Initiative and the European Green Deal.

We also had an opportunity to join an online discussion explaining the results of the U.S. Presidential election.

As the year comes to a close, we invite you to join our Virtual Charity event to support our principal charities and award our most active and engaged members.

Stay safe and healthy!


Upcoming events


Dec 01, 2020

How will you be affected by climate change?

from 15:00 till 16:00


Dec 01, 2020

The Real Business of Blockchain

from 17:00 till 19:00


Dec 03, 2020

Labor Force work group meeting

from 10:00 till 11:00


Dec 09, 2020

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Building a Culture of Compliance

from 14:00 till 15:30


Dec 10, 2020

It's the season of giving

from 15:00 till 16:30


Dec 11, 2020

What is Latvia's plan for recovery?

from 11:00 till 12:00


Dec 14, 2020

Selecting top healthcare projects for 2021

from 15:00 till 17:00


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