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A.A. & Būvkompānijas: state and businessmen compete, not collaborate

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A.A. & Būvkompānijas representative Arvīds Apfelbaums

Currently it seems the state of Latvia and businessmen are competitors, not partners, which is not going to head Latvia towards welfare. The government should support honest taxpayers more, while punish those who avoid them, A.A. & Būvkompānijas (A.A. & Construction Companies) representative Arvīds Apfelbaums told in an interview to the business news portal BNN.

What are the most important recent events of your industry?

What is positive in the construction sector is the fact the state and EU co-supported energy efficiency orders are surging, however this market share is not for everyone, because, according to the regulations of the tender – only builders experienced in renovation objects can participate. Similar experience in newly erected buildings does not count. There have been very few renovations in energy efficiency projects before.

Do you lack qualified workforce?

Not at the moment. Speaking about the construction sector, it is the right moment to hire new employees, although we see that many companies face difficulties in maintaining the existing staff, which is a result of many years work, forming the basis of a company.

What kind of amendments would you like to see in the legislation of Latvia?

The greatest wish is for standardized procurement regulations with clear criteria. Because at the moment there are as many regulations as procurements. This market share is completely damaged, and the question is how can you take part in this game, if the rules change all the time and there are no «referees» whom to complain to?

Do you support Latvia joining the eurozone?

But there are no other ways. When we joined the European Union, we affirmed we are a part of Europe with our own values to be cherished. Otherwise, we will not be able to survive the globalisation and compete with such key players as China and the US.

What would the state gain from that?

Feudalism ended a long time ago. We cannot exist behind such thick walls. Planet Earth we call the World is very small, so we have to take part in building houses, if we want to enjoy the welfare of the century.

How do you evaluate the government’s implemented policy to improve the economic situation?

We have wasted money, thus it will be recovered through taxes. There are businessmen behind the government’s decisions, and they are the ones to ensure tax flow through their companies. Currently it seems the state of Latvia and businessmen are competitors, not partners, which is not going to head Latvia towards welfare. The government should support honest taxpayers more, while punish those who avoid them, which is not happening at the moment.

When could Latvia return to the pre-crisis period?

It is impossible to name specific years, we must rely on the human survival instinct and hope Latvians still aspire education. There is no iron curtain any more and the achievements of our neighbours will inspire us to pull ourselves together. But I do no wish people to return to the pre-crisis period full of debts.

How do you evaluate Latvia’s competitiveness in the global markets and what should be done to boost it?

We must be economical and consider our spending. Decision taking should be discussion-based, choosing the most rational option, moreover, one should work without counting hours. We must be successful managers, as it is the only way to boost the competitiveness.

Has the current state administration consolidation been correct and sufficient? If not, what should be done differently?

I do not feel any consolidation. Over the past few years I cannot help feeling like back in the 90ies, when the state was failing to manage the functions we as people had assigned to them. So there are a lot of tasks. What I do not see is the state administration employees working as eagerly as businessmen.

In which sectors budget cuts are still possible?

In all of them, you can get the most of it, even with minimum means. To give an example – when I was in Estonia I visited a huge dairy farm with 500 cows. It was built from wooden constructions. We build such objects from metal constructions, but does that mean our cows give more milk? There are many such instances also in the public and municipal orders – to squeeze out the very last from the state, which is why we are where we are.

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