Latvian president calls for double taxation treaty with Japan
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis on December 15th accepted the credentials of the Japanese Ambassador to Latvia, Mariko Fujii, and noted an increase in Latvia-Japan trade recently but said there was still room for growth in economic cooperation, the Latvian president’s press service reported LETA.
He said that a treaty for the avoidance of double taxation would help to boost trade and also urged the Japanese ambassador to strengthen economic ties with Latvia in logistics, IT, wood-processing industry, pharmaceuticals and tourism.
Vejonis remarked on the growing number of Japanese tourists visiting Latvia and called for continued cultural cooperation between the two countries. The Latvian president thanked the ambassador for Japan’ s support to Latvia in the accession talks with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which have now entered the final stage.
During the meeting with the new Portuguese Ambassador to Latvia, Jose Julio Pereira Gomes, the Latvian president voiced appreciation of Portugal’s active participation in the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Support of the allies is particularly vital, given the security situation in the region, Vejonis said.
Latvia sees Portugal as a stepping stone to markets such as Brazil and Angola that have strong historical and economic links with Portugal, the Latvian president said.
In a conversation with the Moldovan Ambassador to Latvia, Eugen Revenco, Vejonis stressed that Latvia will keep supporting the reform process in Moldova by sharing its EU integration experience and through development cooperation projects. “Latvia has always approved of Moldova’s path to integration in the EU and will continue to do so,” he said.
The Latvian president called for speedy formation of a functional and lasting government in Moldova which would proceed with implementation of the Association Agreement and the reform process. He also urged Moldova to continue the judicial reform, the fight against corruption and the efforts to improve transparency in business and media environment.