Public lecture: Latvia on its path to OECD membership

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga cordially invites you to the public lecture “Latvia on its path to OECD membership” delivered by Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

11:00 Friday 12/09/2014

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Soros Auditorium

On 30 May, 2013 the Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) authorised its Secretary-General to launch accession negotiations with Latvia. On October 15, 2013 the OECD Council adopted Latvia’s accession roadmap which sets out the individual plan for joining the organization. As of January 2014 technical reviews have been launched with each of the committees indicated in the Roadmap. The numerous committees and working groups of the OECD are evaluating the conformity of Latvia’s legal acts and their implementation practices with different OECD instruments.

What are the benefits for Latvia to become a member of the OECD and what are the challenges for Latvia in the accession process? How can Latvia already use access to a vast and diverse store of OECD expertise in economic and social sectors as well as statistical data bases to identify the reforms needed to improve its competitiveness? How can Latvia effectively make use of the experience of the most economically developed economies? Will Latvia’s accession to the OECD contribute to developing a better system of public administration and improvement of public services provided to Latvian society? These are just some of the topics that will be discussed during the OECD Secretary-General presentation.


  • Coffee 
    will be served from 10:30
  • Opening remarks
    by Mr Gunnar Ljungdahl, Vice President of SSE Riga
    and Mr Andrejs Pildegovičs, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Lecture
    by Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Q&A session

About the speaker

Angel Gurría is the Secretary-General of the OECD since June 2006. He was re-appointed to a second mandate in September 2010. As OECD Secretary-General, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a ‘hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernisation and reform. Mr. Gurría is a Mexican national and came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service in his country, including positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit in the 1990s. Mr. Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico) and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom). He is married and has three children.


Simultaneous translation from English to Latvian will be provided.

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