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For the fifth consecutive year, FICIL will present the foreign investors' assessment of the business environment in Latvia, taking a closer look at developments regarding tax system, access to labour and productivity, combating economic and financial crime, quality of higher education and other key factors. FICIL Sentiment Index 2019 report will be presented on January 15, 2020, at 14:00 Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga).


FICIL Sentiment Index 2019 has been prepared by Dr. Arnis Sauka, professor and Head of Centre for Sustainable Business at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga). Presentation will be followed by a discussion between policy makers and foreign investors, moderated by journalist Jānis Domburs. The report will be published on FICIL website at www.ficil.lv/research/. To learn more and sign up for the event visit: https://www.ficil.lv/2019/12/11/ficil-sentiment-index-2019/

About the FICIL Sentiment Index

FICIL Sentiment Index is an annual report which follows development of the investment climate in Latvia from the perspective of foreign investors, identifying the most significant challenges in the business environment. It is a qualitative study, based on in-depth interviews with investors, carried out by FICIL in cooperation with SSE Riga.

FICIL aims to create evidence-based policy through realistic and forward-looking recommendations. The goal is to improve the overall business environment and investment climate in Latvia. The FICIL Sentiment Index addresses topical issues, such as demographic decline, digitalisation, economic competitiveness, quality of the higher education system, rule of law, as well as economic and financial crime issues.

The preparation of the FICIL Sentiment Index 2019 is generously supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Riga and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia. Furthermore, we are grateful for cooperation and support from Lursoft.lv.