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Outlook on demographic change and mobility

May 24 from 14:00 till 16:00
Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Strēlnieku 4a

The event will be streamlined below:

A country of old men?

Latvia’s population keeps declining. In ten years almost half of the inhabitants will be older than 50. Labor shortage in many industries has become a pressing issue.

Latvia remains one of the fastest ageing populations in Europe and, along with many other countries, is undergoing negative population growth and rapid ageing of society. Being among the less wealthy EU members, it has experienced massive emigration, amplifying the negative population trend.

What should be done to address demographic challenges? The panel of distinguished experts will evaluate and recommend the most efficient tools and policy measures to tackle both social pressure and economic development in the face of demographic transition.

- Arvils Aseradens, Minister of Economics of Latvia  
- 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 

Inga Springe, Founder and Editor of RE:Baltica

Experts will address:
- Tackling demographic challenges: what is being done and is it enough?
- What social, economic and policy reforms should be undertaken?
- Short- and long-term economic impact of the labor shortage;
- Can remigration and immigration be an answer?
- How to keep and attract talent to Latvia?
- Public attitudes toward immigration: economic impact.

We invite you to join a debate on demographic change and its effect on business and society. 

About the speakers: 

Arvils Aseradens has been serving as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics since 2016. He has been involved in politics since 2010, when he started his political activities as a Board Member of political party Civic Union. Since 2011, he is a Member and a Board Member of political party Unity. Prior to that, he was the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Welfare. Previously, he worked as the Director of the leading Latvian daily newspaper “Diena” and the Chairman of the Board of JSC “Diena”.

Ilmars Mezs: Doctor’s degree (PhD) in History of Latvia; from 1998-2006 and from 2008- Head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Regular articles and opinions in national and international media on migration, demography, language and ethnic issues.Current member of the Demography issues council at the Cabinet of Ministers. Former advisor to the Special Assignments Minister for Social (Ethnic) Integration.

Zane Varpina is Assistant Professor in Stockholm School of Economics in Riga where she teaches undergraduate and graduate Research Methods course and is a faculty advisor for bachelor and master students writing their theses. Zane has a Doctoral degree in demography with specialization in demographics of education. Her research interests are demographics and population studies, impact of population change on economy, higher education, study careers, family as an institution, and effects of education and values on reproductive behavior. She is also a researcher in Advanced Social and Political Research Institute, University of Latvia and has broad researcher experience in the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS).

Kaspars Rokens is an experienced manager in power distribution and generation, retail, building automation and industrial applications’ business. Since 1994 he has served in multinational technical trading companies as sales teams’ and organizations’ manager. For the last 5 years, he has been Country Manager for Latvia and President and CEO for the Baltic Countries at Schneider Electric. The main customers have been contracting companies, which have taken part in construction of the National Library of Latvia, “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepaja, IX Corridor electrification of railways in Lithuania, Estonian National Museum in Tartu and many more. As of December 2015, Kaspars Rokens is also a board member at the Latvian Association of Power Engineers and Energy Constructors, LEEA. On April 24, 2017, Rokens was appointed to the Management Board of RB Rail AS and assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer of the joint venture. He holds a master’s degree in thermal engineering from Riga Technical University and an executive MBA degree from Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). 

The event is co-hosted by AmCham, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Baltics and Stockholm School of Economics.  Please click here to sign up: https://ej.uz/demography  

AmCham Outlook addresses business topics of interest to AmCham members and the wider business community in a timely and lively forum. The event program involves detailed remarks from each speaker, followed by a Q&A session.

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