Outlook

AmCham Outlook is a high level forum aimed at exploring higher level issues in greater detail than other formats. It features Latvia's best and brightest, focused topics, a debate format and extended Q&A session.

In the past AmCham Outlook addressed the following topics:

Outlook on demographic change and mobility: A country of old men? Debated by: Arvils Aseradens, Minister of Economics; Ilmars Mezs, Head, International Organization for Migration in Latvia; Kaspars Rokens, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Management Board, Rail Baltica; Zane Varpina, Assistant Professor, SSE Riga; The event was moderated by Inga Springe, Founder and Editor of RE:Baltica. 05/18 

Outlook on State-Owned Enterprises in Latvia : State and in Municipality Owned Enterprises - How to govern, What to retain, What has to be sold? Debated by: Mārtiņš Bičevskis, Member of the Latvenergo AS Supervisory Board; Andris Rāviņš, Mayor of the City of Jelgava; Jānis Račko; Council member at Competition Council of Latvia; Moderated by Andris Grafs, Country Manager Latvia at the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance, 11/17 

- Tackling the Grey Economy in Latvia. Debated by: Arvils Aseradens, Minister of Economics; Ilmars Snucins, Head of Macroeconomic Division at the Economic Analysis and Fiscal Policy Department; Rivo Reitmann, Deputy Director General, Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB); Dr. Iur. Valdis Birkavs, Chairman of the Board, NGO Strategic Partnership of Construction Development; Arnis Sauka, Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business, SSE Riga; Yuri Romanenkov, Executive Vice President of Development and a Business Administration faculty member, SSE Riga. 01/17

- Isn’t €1Bn a year too high a cost for malfunctioning insolvency process? Debated by: Dzintars Rasnacs, Minister of Justice of Latvia; Kaspars Novicāns, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Certified Insolvency Process Administrators of Latvia; Dimitrijs Trofimovs, Under State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior; Ilze Znotiņa, Head of Deloitte Legal Latvia and Chair of Insolvency Working Group of FICIL. 11/15

- Latvia’s competitiveness & FDI attraction. Debated by: Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia; Ilmars Rimsevics, Governor of the Bank of Latvia; Caroline Galvan, Economist with The Global Competitiveness and Risks Team at the World Economic Forum; Eric Trusiewicz, Board Member and Director Strategic Planning of CEMEX Latvia; Guntars Krols, Partner of EY and Chairman of Competitiveness Work Group at the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia. 04/15

How safe is Latvia in cyberspace? Debated by Dejan Cvetkovic, Regional Technology Officer, Microsoft Central and East Europe; Aigars Jaundalders, Head of Startup Business Group, DPA; Janis Sarts, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Chairman of the National IT Security Council;  FBI Guest Speaker, Cyber Agent and Andris Laucins, Partner, Advisory Services Leader, Central & South-East Europe, EY, 04/14

How to solve the insolvency puzzle in Latvia? Debated by Janis Bordans, Minister of Justice of Latvia; Gatis Gudermanis, Chief of the Economics Crimes Enforcement Department Latvian State Police; Ilmars Krums, Latvian Certified Insolvency Process Administrators Association; Helmuts Jauja, Managing Associate Deloitte Latvia; Chair of the Insolvency issues Working Group of Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia. 11/2013

- Transport sector of Latvia: competitive or complacent? Debated by Anrijs Matiss, Minister of Transport of Latvia; Mark Pekala, US Ambassador to Latvia; Julija Masane-Ose, Associate Director, Transaction services of KPMG Baltics; Girts Greiskalns, Board member of Riga Free Port and Romans Baumanis, Regional Advisor to Nord Stream in the Baltics. 06/2013

- To join, or not to join: that is the question. Debated by Martins Kazaks, Chief Economist of Swedbank Latvia; Hardo Pajula, Independent Economist in Estonia; Vesa Vihriala, Managing Director of Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. 11/2012

- The court system of Latvia: a friend or foe of business? Debated by Janis Bordans, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Justice; Janis Neimanis, Senator of the Supreme Court; Jurijs Adamovics, COO, Member of the Management Board of Reverta; Ilze Znotina, Head of Deloitte Latvia Legal and Forensic practice. 05/2012

- Too late to defuse the ticking time bomb for Latvia? Depated by Arvils Ašeradens, Ministry of Welfare; Edward Hugh, Catalunya Caixa; Mihails Hazans, University of Latvia and Morten Hansen, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. 03/2012

- Latvian Ports - The Golden Egg of the Economy? Debated by Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO);Edgars Suna, Director of Marketing Department, Riga Free Port Authority; Marin Hili, Chairman of Hili Company Limited and Chairman of the Baltic Container Terminal and Arturs Spigulis, Attorney at Law and Partner at Spigulis & Kukainis Law Firm. 11/2011

- Will Latvia remain an attractive place for doing business? Debated by Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister of Latvia; Jens-Christian Pastille, Rödl & Partner; Toby Moore, Imprimatur Capital and Morten Hansen, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. 06/2011

- Maximizing state assets: from money-burn to money-earn. Debated by Richard Frederick, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (US); Juris Pūce, Ministry of Economics and Ģirts Rungainis, Prudentia. 03/2011
 

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Matiss Kukainis, Partner at Spigulis & Kukainis