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Direct Line: Opportunities in Latvia's IT and Shared Services Sectors

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
January 30, 2013


Topic: Opportunities in Latvia’s IT and Shared Services Sectors

Host: U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala

Special Guests: Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State; Gunars Grundstoks, Co-Founder of TechHub Riga ( and Garage48 (; and Egbert Boerrigter, Director of Cytec’s Shared Services Center (

Date, time, time zone for call: Wednesday, January 30, 2013; 12:00 p.m. EST

Brief description of call: This webinar provided an overview of opportunities in the IT and shared services sectors in Latvia. U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala and his guests offered an overview of these sectors, including the current state of the market and their experiences in IT and Shared Services. Participants had the opportunity to pose questions directly to Ambassador Pekala and his guests during the Q&A portion of the call. Future events will focus on business and export opportunities in other sectors, including transportation and logistics, energy, woodworking, manufacturing, and tourism.

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