Kalvītis to lead delegation’s visit to United States

Latvian Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis will lead a delegation Aug. 7-15 to the United States to meet with political and business leaders in two different Washingtons.

In Washington, D.C., Kalvītis is expected to meet with Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Homeland Security Secretargy Michael Chertoff and Robert B. Zoellick, deputy secretary of state, according to the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers’ press office.

Continuing on to the state of Washington on America’s West Coast, Kalvītis in Seattle is scheduled to lead a delegation from Latvia’s information technology sector on an Aug. 11-12 visit to computer software maker Microsoft Corp. They are expected to discuss the potential for cooperation between Microsoft and Latvian IT companies.

The visit, according to the Special Minister for E-Government’s press office, is a followup to a meeting between Kalvītis and Microsoft founder Bill Gates in February in Prague. At that time, Latvia and Microsoft signed an agreement that calls on the software giant to pursue various philanthropic activities in return for Latvia eliminating piracy of Microsoft products within two years.

The prime minister also will visit airline manufacturer The Boeing Co., meet with representatives of the Port of Seattle, visit the University of Washington, meet with the leadership of the Gates Foundation and confer with Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

Kalvītis also will meet with the Latvian community in Seattle.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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