Irish, British, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers of Commerce invite you to the Joint Chamber Business Luncheon with Mr Oļegs Burovs, Mayor of Riga, on 26 November at the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, “Riga: Catching up with the future”.
During the luncheon the Mayor of Riga will relate on his vision on Riga and its developments for the future. The luncheon will be held in Latvian with the simultaneous translation in English.
12:00 – 12:50 Registration & Lunch buffet
13:00 – 14:15 Presentation, Q&A
14:15 – 14:30 Informal discussions
Date & time: Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at 12:00
Venue: Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Elizabetes iela 73, Riga
Admission: EUR 35 for members; EUR 55 for non-members
Registration: online or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The deadline for registration or cancellation is 17.00 on 22 November 2019. Chambers reserve the right to charge participants who do not cancel their reservation before the set deadline.
“Engaging in a constructive dialogue with the foreign investors is low on Riga City Council’s agenda and needs to be improved, is one of the key takeaways from a joint chamber meeting with the leadership of the Riga City Council that took place on November 26, where the Mayor of Riga Oļegs Burovs (“Gods kalpot Rīgai”) cancelled his attendance last minute,” said the account of the joint chamber meeting organized by the British, Irish, Norwegian, Swedish and Swiss Chambers of Commerce in Latvia in a statement issued by the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.
“The meeting was attended by more than fifty representatives of Foreign Embassies and Chambers of Commerce… The last minute cancellation is the third such cancellation that has frustrated the efforts of foreign chambers of commerce to hear from the head of the City Council about the vision for city’s development in the future. The first two last-minute cancellations were by Mayor Nils Ušakovs (“Saskaņa”), the former Mayor of Riga,” the statement continued.
“The last minute cancellation by the Mayor of Riga sends an unfortunate message to the foreign investor community in Latvia. We understand that it is a turbulent time at the City Council, nevertheless it seems that speaking to investors and attracting new investments to the city is low on Council’s agenda,“ said Alf Erik Lundgrenn, Chairman of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia.
Burovs’ place was taken by Rolands Bogdanovs, Head of Investment Division at the Riga City Council, and Viesturs Zeps, elected member of Riga City Council (Latvijas attīstībai) and Board member of Riga Freeport Authority.
As previously reported by LSM, Burovs’ attention was most likely taken by the eruption of a major scandal at the council-owned central market following an LTV investigation.