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  • 11-May-2016

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    Accession: Latvia invited to join OECD

    OECD countries agreed today to invite Latvia to become a member of the Organisation – a move that would extend OECD’s membership to 35 countries.

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  • 31-March-2016

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    OECD Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies: Latvia 2016

    Latvia has undergone major economic and social change since the early 1990s. Despite an exceptionally deep recession following the global financial crisis, impressive economic growth over the past two decades has narrowed income and productivity gaps relative to comparator countries in the OECD. But Latvians report low degrees of life satisfaction, very large numbers of Latvians have left the country, and growth has not been inclusive. A volatile economy and very large income disparities create pressing needs for more effective social and labour-market policies. The government’s reform programme rightly acknowledges inequality as a key challenge. However, without sustained policy efforts and adequate resources, there is a risk that productivity and income growth could remain below potential and social cohesion could be further weakened by high or rising inequality.
  • 9-March-2016

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    OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2016 - Latvia

    Tourism is considered to be one of Latvia’s main drivers of economic development, an important source of export revenue and a key contributor to GDP. In 2014, tourism directly contributed 3.8% of Latvia’s total GDP of EUR 24.1 billion. Tourism exports increased by 4.4% over 2013 to reach EUR 935.7 million in 2014, representing 6.7% of total exports.

  • 18-February-2016

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    Investing in youth is key for fixing Latvia’s demographics

    Latvia faces a huge demographic challenge. Since restoration of its independence in 1991, the country lost more than a quarter of its resident population.The report "Investing in Youth: Latvia" states that investing in youth, by upgrading skills and promoting employment, is a priority if Latvia wants to offer its young people a positive outlook and address the demographic challenge.

  • 2-December-2015

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    OECD Economic Outlook: Latvia

    GDP growth is projected to accelerate to 3.1% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2017, mainly driven by domestic demand. High wage growth will further sustain household consumption. Exports will pick up following the trade recovery in the European Union and support investment, but export performance will be weakened by increases in unit labour costs.

  • 24-November-2015

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    Education at a Glance 2015: Latvia

    This country note provides data on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning in Latvia; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

  • 13-November-2015

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    Latvia: Measures to encourage innovation and business start-ups among youth

    This country note provides an overview of a set of activities to encourage entrepreneurship, orientated towards young people. It also presents key inclusive entrepreneurship data for Latvia.

  • 29-October-2015

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    8th Meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

    Keeping tax transparency high on the agenda of Governments and taking steps to ensure a worldwide level playing field will top the agenda during the 8th meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, in Bridgetown, Barbados on 29-30 October 2015.

  • 21-October-2015

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    Latvia’s fight against foreign bribery overshadowed by enforcement weaknesses

    Latvia has improved its laws since acceding to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in 2014. Yet serious personnel issues until recently as well as negative government commentary concerning KNAB, Latvia’s anti-corruption law enforcement agency, have cast doubts over its capacity to enforce those laws.

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  • 27-August-2015

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    Latvia should expand work-based vocational training to boost young people’s job prospects

    Latvia should step up its efforts to improve the employment prospects of young people by continuing to reform its vocational education system and pursuing the commitments made as part of the Youth Guarantee to further reduce the share of young people under 30 who are not in employment, education or training.

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