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H.E. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

Dear Participants, I look forward to welcoming you in Latvia later this month for the 15th annual Baltic Development Forum. Baltic policy makers, business leaders and academia will gather in Riga for an exciting, high profile event. The Forum is well known for its wide scope – business, governance, environment, culture and education. It forms [...]

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Riga City Council welcomes you to Riga!

Welcome to Riga – the metropolis of the Baltic Sea region and one of the significant capital cities of Europe with more than 800 year history! Riga has always been a city with strong potential for development, and today it remains the driving force of the Latvian economy concentrating 77% of foreign direct investment, as [...]

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Latvia: Small but competitive!

There are many good reasons why the next BDF Summit is organized in Riga. Latvia is always an interesting country to visit, but especially in these years some fascinating observations can be made: Latvia has the highest growth rate in the EU, at the same time being among the poorest EU member states. Latvia shows [...]

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BDF Summit Welcome Reception on May 28th

All Baltic Development Forum Summit participants are invited to the Welcome Reception on May 28th. The reception will be held from 19.00-20.00 at the Small Hall in the University of Latvia, located 19 Raina Blvd. in Riga. Summit guests will be welcomed by Mārcis Auziņš, Professor and Rector of the University of Latvia and Hans [...]

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Jury selected for the 2013 BSR Innovation Award

The BSR Innovation award is the most distinguished award in the Baltic Sea Region for cross border innovation within sustainable growth and global development. The aim of the award is to highlight the importance of innovation in a Baltic Sea Region context. It is an appreciation of dedicated work done by organisations, networks, projects or [...]

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The opportunity for networking in the heart of the Summit

The opportunity for networking in the heart of the Summit

The Networking Village will take place in main foyer of the Summit venue, the Riga Congress Centre. It provides the perfect setting for meeting new business partners and discussing issues of common interest with key decision-makers. It is also the perfect way to brand and promote your company, organisation or project and demonstrate that you [...]

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Jerry Wirth, Chairman of FICIL, on its annual High Council meeting with the Latvian Government

Dear FICIL members and honoured BDF Summit participants, Welcome to Latvia – a small, dynamic, attractive place that holds a remarkable economic success story.  This year the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL) gathers for its 17th High Council, our annual high level meeting with the Latvian government.  In 2013, to make Latvia even more [...]

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Welcome by Āris Žīgurs, CEO of Latvenergo AS

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues, We share a common goal and opportunity to make the Baltic Sea area into a forward-looking world-class region at the top of Europe. To achieve it effort must be made from all stakeholders – Member States, regional and local municipalities, the EU, pan-Baltic organisations, financing institutions, enterprises and non-governmental [...]

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Investment Promotion Agencies’ third meeting will take place at the BDF Summit in Riga

   Attracting foreign investments is essential to keep global leadership in the ICT sector and to stay competitive. Define the success factors and joint efforts in the FDI attraction. The Baltic Sea Region is one of the world’s ICT Powerhouses and the countries of the region have demonstrated their attractiveness for foreign companies. As an example, [...]

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Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

“I am looking forward to attending the BDF Summit in Riga and having the possibility to unfold the McKinsey report on manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” says Jan Mischke, Senior Fellow at McKinsey speaking to Director Hans Brask, Baltic Development Forum.   The global manufacturing sector has undergone a tumultuous [...]

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