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World Latvian Economic and Innovation Forum

Nov 21 - Nov 22 from 09:00 till 16:00
Valmieras drāmas teātris, Valmiera

The World Latvian Economics and Innovation Forum/Pasaules latviešu ekonomikas un inovāciju forums (PLEIF) 2019 will take place on November 21-22 in Valmiera, Latvija.

This time the forum will focus on the nation branding and strategic communication, education, business, talent attraction. It will also explore the business opportunities in some of the largest and most compelling markets including the U.S., Canada, Asia and the Nordic countries.

On November 21st four panel discussions will be featured themed as follows:

  • The story of Latvia we tell ourselves and the world, moderated by Andris Rubins, Managing Partner of DDB Latvia;
  • Education as the driving force for the future economy, moderated by TV3 news anchor and journalist Arnis Krauze;
  • Latvia? What to tell your business partners, moderated by journalist and commentator Pauls Raudseps;
  • Attracting and retaining talent in Latvia, moderated by Zane Culkstena, Managing Director of ERDA Group.

Among panelists will be public and private sector experts and successful business people including Andris K. Berzins (Change Ventures), Janis Bergs (SAF Tehnika), Kristine Grapmane (Stenders), Aivars Flemings (VALPRO), Ingrida Karina-Berzina (COBALT, AmCham), Artis Kehris (Printify), Ralfs Nemiro (Minister of Economy), Agnese Lace (Providus), Janis Oslejs (Primekss Group), Zane Olina (Skola 2030), Vita Timermane-Moora (Latvian Institute) and many others.

During the 1st day of the forum The Red Jackets Awards will be presented to the best exporting brands of Latvia. President of Latvia Egils Levits will be the guest of honor of the Awards ceremony. The ceremony will be led by Inese Andersone (The Red Jackets), Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica (Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Anna Fisere-Kalke (Citadele banka). Association With Global experience in Latvia will provide a special networking platform for Latvian business people and professionals around the globe. The working language of the forum will be Latvian. 

On November 22nd four masterclasses will be featured themed as follows:

  • Business environment in Asia, cooperation and export opportunities with speakers: Solvita Adamovica (Selonia Migration and Education Services), Roberts Dlohi (PERUZA), Olavs Ritenis (Ventures International Group/Singapore); 
  • Business environment in the U.S., cooperation and export opportunities with speakers: Martins Lacis (Latvijas Finieris), Oskars Stucis (Karrikins Group), Janis Bergs (SAF Tehnika);
  • Business environment in Canada, cooperation and export opportunities with speakers: Pauls Miklesevics (BlueOrange), Karlis Vasarajs (Imtex Membranes) and Honorary Consul of Latvia in Ontario - Toronto, Canada;
  • Business environment in Scandinavia, cooperation and export opportunities with speakers: Martins Tiknuss (Gateway & Partners), Martins Kengis (SKONTO PREFAB), Aleksandrs Cakste (Massfluencer & LWC Properties).
The forum aims at facilitating knowledge exchange and practical interaction between business professionals in Latvia and elsewhere in the world.

The forum is organized by the World Federation of Free Latvians, Valmiera City Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It co-hosted by AmCham, Ar Pasaules pieredzi Latvijā, Gateway & Partners and The Red Jackets. 

A short promo video about the forum is available below:

More information: https://www.pleif.lv/
Sign up here: https://www.registracija.pleif.lv/
Program is availalble here

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