Long-term unemployed need more help says OECD
Existing employment promotion programs in Latvia need to be improved, with a special emphasis on returning the long-term unemployed to the labor market according to conclusions expressed by experts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at a conference in Rīga April 16.
Fintech company Mintos launches Baltic Sea environmental fund
Latvian Fintech company Mintos said April 15 it is launching the "Mintos Impact Fund", the first initiative of which will be cleaning up the Baltic Sea together with Pasaules Dabas Fonds (the local associated partner of WWF) and WWF Deutschland.
Rating agency Fitch retains upbeat view of Latvia
The Fitch ratings agency said April 12 it affirmed Latvia's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A-' with a Stable Outlook, citing "solid public finances, as well as institutional strengths and a credible policy framework that come with EU and eurozone membership."
Annual inflation rate 2.8% in March
The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in March 2019, compared to March 2018, the average level of consumer prices in Latvia rose by 2.8 %. Prices of goods increased by 2.7 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.
Financial regulator goes on the offense
The head of Latvia's financial regulator has launched a bitter attack on what it called "high public officials" whom it accuses of disseminating false information about its work.
Industrial output dipped in February
Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that, compared to February 2018, in February 2019 industrial production output decreased by 3.2 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). 
Construction starts at new industrial park
Construction has begun at the site of a large new industrial park located on Maskavas street in Stopiņi municipality near Rīga, the company behind the project said April 2.
Corporate wars at Latvia's pharmaceutical giant
It seems that a shareholders' meeting at Olainfarm, a leading pharmaceuticals producer in Latvia, with the goal of "toppling" factory head Irina Maligina -- the eldest daughter of the late Valērijs Maligins -- has successfully taken place. However, it is now up to the Enterprise Register to rule whether the meeting, which was held inside a black van at the company's factory, took place legitimately, reports Rus.lsm.lv.
Watch: Rail Baltica global forum live
The annual Rail Baltica Global Forum takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania April 3-4, to discuss the progress made so far on the 6-billion-euro infrastructure project and to chart future plans.
Chaotic Latvian train tender put on hold
The Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau has banned the Pasažieru Vilciens rail passenger carrier from concluding a train supply contract with the Czech company Skoda Vagonka, according to information released by the Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau and reported by the LETA newswire.