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EXPORT FORUM
⟶ April 20, 2022

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ABOUT THE EXPORT FORUM

Latvian Investment and Development Agency, Helve and Latvian Exporters Association “The Red Jackets” invites exporting enterprises and other interested parties to participate in the Export Forum “Born Global 2022”. The main objective of the forum is to identify the key challenges that currently hinder faster development of exports, promote closer co-operation among Latvian exporters, as well as government and public institutions, and other influential stakeholders to address the most pressing current industry obstacles. 

Export forum will take place on April 20 in “Grand Poet Hotel”, Riga. Forum will also be streamed live on Facebook and TVNET. All discussions will be held in Latvian, except for the last discussion on Infrastructure.

PROGRAMME

10:00-10:30

Forum Opening

KEY-NOTE SPEAKERS:
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Līva Stūrmane

Managing Director of the Latvian Exporters Association "The Red Jackets" 

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Krišjānis Kariņš

Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia

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Jānis Vitenbergs

Minister for Economics of the Republic of Latvia

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Mārtiņš Tiknuss

Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Exporters Association "The Red Jackets" 

Export forum discussion panels will be based on five key thematic verticals further elaborated below. We see these topics holding the most influence over exporting enterprises' sustainable growth prospects and ability to increase their international competitiveness. Topics will be covered from diverse perspectives, not in definition limited to the descriptions below. 

10:30-11:30

“Business environment”

Re-orientation for expansion in new markets and passive uptake of tech solutions for increasing operational efficiency are only a few of the challenges currently faced by exporting enterprises.

We will discuss ideas on how to support exporting enterprises in increasing their international competitiveness through advancing in solutions that can increase their operational efficiency. 

MODERATED BY
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Mārtiņš Tiknuss

Chairman of the Board at the Latvian Exporters Association “The Red Jackets”

GUEST SPEAKERS:
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Kaspars Rožkalns

Director of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency

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Toms Auškāps

Board Member at Balticovo

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Daiga Kiopa

Member of the Board at Lursoft

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Andžejs Stenclavs

Founder and director of Kinetics Nail Systems

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Ingmārs Pūķis

Member of the Board at LMT

11:30-12:30

“Human Capital”

Investments in employees' digital skills uptake, retention and motivation have always been fundamental factors for securing sustainable growth capacity.


We will be discussing the potential ways how to tackle innovation challenges in attracting and retaining talent, management, and building thriving internal cultures.

MODERATED BY
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Pārsla Baško

Partner at ERDA

GUEST SPEAKERS:
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Anita Muižniece

Minister for Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia

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Jānis Palkavnieks

Draugiem Group Spokesman

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Agrita Kiopa

Vice-Rector for Science at RSU

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Jānis Hermanis

Finance and taxes expert at LDDK

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Aleksandrs Hiļevojs

Chief Development Officer at Kronus

12:30-13:30

“Access to Finance”

Access to private and public financing, as well as financial support for new technology uptake and other development projects are predetermining factors for increasing exports and securing companies' growth capacity. 


We will seek for answers that will help exporting enterprises in the process of easier access to financing and enable new growth opportunities. 

MODERATED BY
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Mārtiņš Āboliņš

Economist at Citadele bank

GUEST SPEAKERS:
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Kārlis Vilerts

Head of Research Department at Latvijas Banka

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Juris Grišins

Manager at Capitalia

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Reinis Bērziņš

Chairman of the Management Board at ALTUM

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Ivans Dokicans

Chairperson of the Board at Mogotel Development Holding 

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Raimonds Lapiņš

Deputy State Secretary on Economic Issues

14:00-15:00

“Innovation”

Innovation uptake and implementation of new technological solutions are inevitable for companies to compete globally and develop new competitive advantages.


We will be discussing how to redefine the way work is performed to deliver results with higher efficiency and optimised resource investment. 

MODERATED BY
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Līva Pērkone

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Helve

GUEST SPEAKERS:
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Ilmārs Osmanis

Chairman of the Board at LightSpace Labs

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Heino Lapiņš

Sales Director at HKSCAN Latvia

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Laura Očagova

Deputy Director in charge of investment at LIAA

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Normunds Bergs

CEO of SAF Tehnika

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Lotte Tisenkopfa-Iltnere

Founder and co-owner of Madara

15:00-16:00

“Infrastructure”  (in English)

In Today's situation securing new alternative supplies of raw materials, solving complex logistics challenges and overcoming other inevitable external factors have become as troublesome as ever. 

We will discuss innovative solutions for tackling challenges related to sustainable supply chain management and other issues related to the physical business environment.
 

MODERATED BY
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Jānis Ošlejs

Founder and owner of Primekss

GUEST SPEAKERS:
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Ilze Lore

Head of Entrepreneurship Competitiveness Department at Ministry of Economics

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Andris Bite

Co-Owner and Board Member at Karavela

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Viktors Grūtups

Owner of Rāmkalni Nordeco

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Žygimantas Surintas

Board Member and CEO of Smartlynx Airlines

16:00-16:30

“Born Global Sustainability Hackathon”

KEY-NOTE SPEAKER
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Līva Pērkone

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Helve