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Ceturtdiena 22.03.2018 | Name days: Tamāra, Dziedra

Riga Free Port has not transferred money for EXPO

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A little more than a half of month before the planned National Pavilion Day of Latvia on October 21 in the international exhibition EXPO, the Ministry of Economics is searching for money to pay for the organization of it.

The cost of Latvia participation in the exhibition is 2.5 million lats. Also contributions from Riga and Ventspils free ports make up the funding; however Riga Free Port still has not transferred 0.5 million lats to the state budget.

That is the reason why the government is to decide whether to allocate 86 thousand lats for the needs of EXPO from the budgetary funds for emergencies.

According to the documents submitted to the government, the National Pavilion Day consists of two parts: the official one and cultural programme. Business forum and meetings with China entrepreneurs are also planned. Latvia National Day culture programme will comprise a musical performance Dabas koncertzāle, Chineese-Latvian dictionary presentation, Vestard Shimkus piano concert and aerialist show above the Latvian pavilion.

As it has already been announced last week the Ministry of Economics took over from Latvia Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) matters concerning organization of Latvia participation in EXPO. The Minister for Economics Artis Kampars reproached the agency bureaucracy and inefficiency in the project management. Whereas the director of LIAA Andris Ozols points out that the agency was asked to conduct illegal activities – to write off most of the company Aerodium applied fine of approximately 250 thousand lats for late disclosure of the Latvian pavilion.

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