Three Seas Initiative steams into Rīga

Meetings take place in Rīga June 20-21 under the auspices of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI).

According to organizers, sustainable development, purpose-driven innovation, and new collaboration models will be key topics under discussion by political and business leaders.

Ahead of the meetings, Latvian President Egils Levits said "It’s high time to take the Three Seas Initiative to the next level."

In parallel with a summit meeting of political leaders, a Business Forum will gather more than 500 stakeholders from the 3SI region and beyond to discuss issues related to the 3SI region's current state and economic development.

What to expect

Both 3SI Business Forum days will be hosted at the Hanzas Perons (16a Hanzas St., Riga, Latvia), a former warehouse in the New Hanza area that has been reborn as a venue hall.

The first day of the Forum, June 20, will begin with an afternoon registration (13:30-15:30, GMT+3) followed by opening remarks from Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia. The opening will be followed by two discussions – The Presidents' Panel and Investment Panel with keynote speakers Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People, Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary-General, and others.

Day 2, June 21, will begin with opening remarks by 3SI representatives, followed by four-panel discussions with speakers from the business world.

"We'll conclude the 3SI Business Forum with a farewell event and delicious Latvian Midsummer treats," attendees are promised.

All Forum events will be live-streamed online.

The full agenda for both days is available here.

The Three Seas Initiative brings together 12 countries located between the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic seas, several of which are actually land-locked: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. The initiative includes an annual summit held at the presidential level, a business forum, and an international investment fund for the financing of infrastructure projects.

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