(LAT)
On the 1st of April, Mārtiņš Panke assumes the position of Executive Director of the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL).

The chairperson of FICIL Board, Julia Sundberg: “We are delighted to have found a new Executive Director with a remarkable combination of experience and skills which are necessary to enable our organisation to reach progress towards achieving our common goals.

The new FICIL Executive Director will continue to coordinate a constructive dialogue with the government on issues of concern for foreign investors, such as combating economic and financial crime, improving quality of higher education, as well as the ensuring availability of workforce. These topics will be discussed in more detail during the annual High Council meeting which will take place on 30th and 31st of May of this year.

“I am glad for this opportunity to become a part of FICIL’s team. During 20 years since its establishment, FICIL has become one of the most important partners for the government in terms of shaping economic policies. It is an organization, which is highly respected and whose opinion is sought after. Therefore, joining FICIL is a challenge for me. I will use my experience in the public sector and private sector to contribute towards reaching FICIL’s goals – a transparent, competitive and business-friendly economic environment in Latvia.” – said Mārtiņš Panke.

The new Executive Director of FICIL has previously worked as spokesperson for the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis from 2011 to 2014. Since 2014, Mārtiņš Panke has been heading the external communications team at SEB bank, and since 2017 he has worked in the management board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Latvia.

Mārtiņš Panke graduated from the University of Latvia, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics with a master’s degree and from Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

The previous Executive Director of FICIL, Marta Jaksona, started a new position as Deputy Head of Financial Intelligence Unit Latvia in February.