The Prime Minister strengthened ties with the Latvian Diaspora in London
On September 5-7, during her working visit to London, Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, met Latvian and foreign entrepreneurs and young professionals. She also participated in several significant events organised by the Latvian Diaspora in the United Kingdom.
The new consular premises in London were opened by addresses of the Prime Minister, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs, and Ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andris Teikmanis. “I acknowledge the solution found by the Ambassador in addressing the inconveniences in providing consular services to our compatriots,” the Prime Minister said during the opening event. She also emphasised that the voting process during the Saeima elections at the new premises would be much more convenient and faster than it was beforehand.
During the visit the Prime Minister met representatives of the Diaspora, including young Latvian professionals living in London – entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses in the United Kingdom, and representatives of various Diaspora organisations. During the meetings the focus was on the development of the Latvian economy in the context of the crisis in Ukraine, recent political events in Latvia, business opportunities in London and support in resolving the potential issues, as well as other matters which are important for Latvians living abroad. The Prime Minister also visited Latvian school children during their first day at a Latvian school in London and discussed a number of education-related issues with children, teachers and parents.
“It was an inspiring experience to meet our young professionals who have chosen to develop their careers in London , as well as those entrepreneurs who have set up their business abroad, thus creating new jobs for Latvia’s residents. These people have not chosen the simplest way by developing their careers and businesses outside Latvia while their knowledge, experience and education contribute towards Latvia’s development. Our country needs them, and I highly value their contribution in strengthening Latvia’s economy,” noted Laimdota Straujuma.
The Prime Minister also had a meeting with the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe. During this meetings the sides discussed some matters concerning to free movement of goods and services in the EU and issues relating to the forthcoming Latvia’s presidency in the Council of the EU.
During the visit Laimdota Straujuma also delivered interviews to journal The Economist and Latvian newspaper in London, Anglo – Baltic News.