RIGA - Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (JV) plans to place much more emphasis on economic diplomacy this year, the politician told LETA.
"If we are talking about ourselves, we need to look at our external economic cooperation. I have included in this year's work plan a greater focus on economic diplomacy, as well as facilitating visits by high-tech and information technology companies to other countries," the foreign minister said.
He said that it was planned to look in the direction of Africa, as well as those countries where Latvian entrepreneurs representing high added value industries are interested in working.
The minister drew attention to the fact that Latvia has invited the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to visit the country. "This is a classic example where our companies are not ready to seize opportunities. For many years, we have done our best to ensure good relations between the two countries. At a time when there is interest in economic cooperation, our businessmen, who often complain that, for example, relations between Latvia and Russia are interfering with their business, are not ready enough to work together with Belarus," Rinkevics explains.
The foreign minister said that Belarus has concrete proposals for oil transit that some are not ready for, while other ports are ready to act. "This is a fantastic example that not everything is determined by political relations. It is also about our business readiness," said the politician.