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Zatlers: Latvia can learn from Finland's creativity and innovation

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 08.06.2010.Print version
Creativity and innovation is the field in which Finland is a leader on a global level, and is also an example to Latvia, said President Valdis Zatlers yesterday at the opening of a Latvian-Finnish business forum in Riga.

"Creativity, boldness and innovation – these are the keys to sustainable development. I am sure that this state visit will provide a new impulse to the development of economic relations between our two countries," the president told the group of businesspeople.


He stressed that Latvia was interested in and open to attracting investment from Finland, and was also positive about the investments made in Latvia up to now, informs LETA.


The president also declared to the gathered businesspeople that signs of stabilization had been noted in the Latvian economy, which indicates that the deepest point of the crisis had already been passed. "Without a doubt, the support of the Nordic countries was of great significance through this difficult period. And without a doubt, the same can be said of the active work of businesspeople and their investments in the recovery of the economy," said Zatlers.


Finnish President Tarja Halonen also commented on the active economic relations between the two countries, indicating that despite the current decrease in bilateral trade, it was essential to seek out new ways to increase cooperation.


"We now have to think together about how we can increase economic development and trade volumes between our two countries," stressed Halonen.


The Finnish president indicated that due to its geographical proximity and skilled workforce, Latvia was one of the countries which Finland was interested in cooperation with. "I am sure that we can deepen relations between our countries in both trade and investment," noted Halonen.


As reported, the president of Finland is currently on a state visit to Latvia. She is also accompanied on her visit by a delegation of Finnish businessmen.

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