Making the economy work for us – with Latvia’s Economics Minister, Arvils Ašeradens

Dear CanCham Members and Friends,
The CanCham invites you to participate in our Business Development Forum about making the Economy work for us – with Latvia’s Economics Minister,  Arvils Ašeradens.
Topics that will be discussed include:
  • CETA, the Canada/European Union free trade agreement that is currently going through the ratification process,
  • entrepreneurship and changes in legislation,
  • promotion of exports,
  • support for small and medium-sized businesses (SME’s).
CETA is particularly relevant to SME’s who do not have the financial means to force their way into foreign markets. CETA will remove most tariffs between the EU and Canada and significantly decrease the amount of paperwork. See The CanCham is encouraging and preparing its members to take advantage of these opportunities if they are interested in the following:
  • exporting products, services or innovations to Canada,
  • finding strategic partners for development projects or investments from Canada,
  • increasing export sales to Canada,
  • providing services to Canadian companies doing business in Latvia
  • representing Canadian companies in Latvia or the Baltic region,


Of course, this also prepares our members to deal with and benefit from other foreign countries doing business with Latvia.

The CanCham also recognizes that actions must be taken to deal with troublesome government laws, regulations and/or practices that hinder the effectivity of our entrepreneurs. We have recently launched our Governance program to do our part in identifying such instances and seeking corrective actions, and would like to hear what the Minister has to say about such issues so that we can better coordinate our actions for a better result.

Company presentations:

  • SilvEXPO,, Uģis Klētnieks - innovation and development, products for export.
  • Crea Promotion,, Olga Melnikova - Creating International events in Latvia, Film Production using Latvia as the main platform and taxes!
  • Divine Heat,, Stefan Westberg - renewable energy resources, do we really care about the environment when the oil is so cheap? Heat pumps.
  • Attaché Baltique,, Jelena Osipkova  - Business Concierge Service & Event Management. Personal Assistant in the Baltic States helping foreigners feel at home. 
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Elizabetes 55, 


€18.00 for members, 
others pay €28.00.  
(To join as a member, use the following link:
Entrance charge includes refreshments (dinner not provided). Cash bar available.
18.30    Arrivals / Networking
19.00    Introduction and announcements – Ed Kalvins
19.15    Latvia’s Economics Minister, Arvils Ašeradens
20.15    Company presentations
20.45    Participant introductions (maximum 30 seconds each)
21.00    Networking
Please register here:
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Seating capacity is limited. We encourage early registration. Advance payment is required and your place in the event will be confirmed when we have received payment. Preference will be given to paid guests. Unpaid registrations may be cancelled should the venue be fully booked. (CanCham reserves the right to charge registered persons who do not cancel their reservations by 17:00 November 2nd, 2016.)
Yours Sincerely,
Ed Kalvins, Chairman