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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, April 10th, the world’s intellectual and economic elite gathered in Riga for the World Trends Forum to discuss global development trends.

‘Large and transnational businesses are not the only ones that feel constant pressure from competition nowadays. Countries and entire continents can feel the influence of scientific progress and ever-changing international trade system. We adapt to living in conditions of constant stress, when perspectives and long-term development depend more than ever on the ability to effectively conquer new markets, gain new contacts and partners and continuously add changes to our business directions. World Trends Forum serves as an environment where representatives of different fields – scientists, economists, politicians and others – are able to form bilateral relations, help each other solve different problems and come up with new development ideas,’ – comments the President of World Trends Forum Ēriks Igaunis.

Patroness of the World Trends Forum and ex-President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga says ‘a global economy can be described with unpredictable exceptionally fast growth and expansion cycles that are usually followed by a slow-down of deep development and even negative development periods. Dependence of some regions of the world on each other makes each region’s ability to control their development more complicated. So far the best measure against such negative cycles has been increase of cooperation and bilateral complementarity, as well as stability, peace in the region and technological innovations.’

Meanwhile, futurologist and business consultant Patrick Dixon says: ‘If we’re talking about the future, it is mainly affected by our emotions and passions. Emotions move the world and change people, not specific events. If we want to change the future – Latvia, the world, technology and politics – we need to study emotions. No one would like having a microchip implanted in his head to make communications or work easier. This means that the future does not depend on technology or innovations aimed at making our everyday lives easier. Future depends on human emotions and passions. If we forget about our emotional side, we will likely make mistakes in politics and business.’

The World Trends Forum will have nine sessions to address a wide range of problems. Members of the forum will discuss future development perspectives in western and eastern development directions. Specialists will also discuss social and economic development perspectives. Topics include energy, long-term development of cities, intellectual properties and business in a digital environment. Healthcare, welfare and science development matters will be discussed as well.

Nearly 450 people and 60 media representatives have registered for participation in this forum. These include people from Latvia and foreign countries.

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