French-Latvian Business Forum happening May 22

A French-Latvian Business Forum will be taking place May 22 in Riga, and is expected to gather over 160 people and policymakers from the Transport, Defense, and Renewable Energy sectors.

The event will provide a platform for discussions, strategic networking, and exploration of business opportunities, with a special emphasis on the Rail Baltica project.

The forum, organized by the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) in partnership with the Embassy of France in Latvia and the French Foreign Trade Advisors of the Baltic States (CCEF), aims to foster cooperation and investment in the Baltic region. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the progress and prospects of the Rail Baltica project, gain insights into Latvia's defense industry initiatives, and learn about the renewable energy implementation strategy. 

The forum will include two dedicated panels focusing on various aspects of the Rail Baltica project. The first panel, featuring Emilien Dang, Management Board Member and Chief Technical Director at Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS, alongside representatives of management teams of Rail Baltica national implementing bodies – Anvar Salomets from Rail Baltic Estonia, Ēriks Diļevs representing Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas and Justas Vyžintas from Rail Baltica Management, LTG Infra will be followed by a second panel, featuring Thierry Boussillon, Management Board Member and Chief Programme Management Officer at RB Rail AS and representatives from French companies.

Full details and and registration for the forum are available HERE. The event in Rīga will immediately be followed by another in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Speaking ahead of the event, Latvian Foreign Minister Baiba Braže said “The business forum in Riga is proof of [Latvia and France's] mutual interest in strengthening and improving business cooperation, including in sectors with high value added and untapped potential – information and communication technologies, infrastructure and connectivity, strengthening the defence industry, green energy and innovations, and artificial intelligence. Enhanced cooperation in those areas of strategic importance is a long-term investment in security and societal resilience – that of our countries, the European Union, and beyond.”  

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