Dear FICIL Members,

As the holiday season approaches, please mark your calendars for the next FICIL Members’ meeting on 17 December at 16:00, the venue will be kindly provided by ALTUM at Doma laukums 4.

Let’s end the year on a high note – FICIL members will have the pleasure of mingling with two prominent experts from the Bank of Latvia Mr Mārtiņš Kazāks and Mr Andris Strazds who will talk about Selected Global Economic Trends and What They Mean for Latvia. As we all know, it is the external environment that continuously forms long term trends that allow policy makers to draw important conclusions. In this regard it is worthwhile to have a look at global trends that impact Latvia and more specifically, the business environment.

We will also share a luminous update on current FICIL activities, as well as forward looking matters in line with FICIL’s 20th anniversary next year. A detailed agenda will follow in due course.

Please do let us know about your availability to participate in this meeting. If you are not available, we would appreciate if you could delegate a colleague of yours.

Please register for the meeting here


In case you encounter any problems signing up, please do contact FICIL office

Our distinguished guests:

Since February 2014, Mr Andris Strazds has been an adviser in International Relations and Communication department of the Bank of Latvia. Before joining the Bank of Latvia, Mr Strazds was the chief economist of the Latvian branch of Nordea Bank Finland plc. Mr Strazds has lectured at Stockholm School of Economics, University of Latvia etc. Mr Strazds holds a master’s degree in International Finance and Business Strategy from Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden.
As of August 2018, Mr Mārtiņš Kazāks is a member of the council of the Bank of Latvia. From 2010 to August 2018, Mr Kazāks was Deputy Chief Economist of the Swedbank Group, Chief Economist of Latvia and Head of Macro Research Baltics. Mr Kazāks has lectured at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the University of London, Riga Stradiņš University and Riga Business School. Mr Kazāks holds a master’s degree and a Phd in Economics from the University of London.