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Key messages from the BDF Summit in Riga 2013

The 15th Baltic Development Forum Summit 29-30 June in Riga, Latvia sent a strong signal: Latvia and the Baltic States have returned to the Top of Europe, demonstrating high economic growth figures and optimism for the future as well as high hopes for regional and European integration. Baltic Prime Ministers One of the highlight of [...]

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Two Foreign Ministers win the Baltic Sea Award

They have both made extraordinary contributions to the development of the Baltic Sea Region.? They have both taken innovative initiatives to foster political dialogue in Europe. The winners of the Baltic Sea Award 2013 are Mr Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden, and Mr Radoslaw Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland. The winners were announced at [...]

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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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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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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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Welcome by Chairman of Baltic Development Forum, Hans Skov Christensen

New Realities – New Opportunities The economic and financial crisis has made for a turbulent last few years but courageous structural reforms across Baltic countries have cemented the Baltic Sea Region as not only a role model but as the top performing area in Europe. For this reason alone, optimism about the future is on [...]

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