For the second time, a delegation of leading Latvian transport and logistics companies recently visited Hamburg and Lübeck. German-Latvian Port Days in Lübeck were opened by Eglis Levits, President of Latvia.
Partnerships need to be cultivated regularly in order to develop intensive contacts and relationships. To this end, a delegation of leading Latvian transport and logistics companies, led by Uldis Reimenis, Deputy Undersecretary of the Latvian Ministry of Transport, visited Germany from 26 to 28 April. The visitors took the opportunity to renew the cooperation already agreed for 2019 between the Latvian ports of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja and the northern German ports of Hamburg and Lübeck. This visit of a high-ranking delegation has already become a tradition and will lead to an even more intensive exchange between existing and potential business partners. Latvian and German companies and ports benefit equally from this," said Marina Basso Michael, Regional Director Europe of HHM - Port of Hamburg Marketing, welcoming the visitors.
One highlight of the delegation’s visit was the German-Latvian Port Forum in Lübeck on 27 April, jointly organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Port of Lübeck, among others. It was opened by Eglis Levits, President of Latvia, and Claus Ruhe Madsen, Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Economics.
On April 28, the three-day programme included a meeting at Hamburg City Hall. Uldis Reimanis, Axel Mattern, CEO of HHM - Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Jānis Kasalis, Chairman of the Federation of Latvian Cargo-Handling Companies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. All parties wish to strengthen and expand the cooperation between the ports of Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja in Latvia and those in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The agreement lays the foundation for an even more intensive exchange of data and experience, as well as a joint blueprint for implementing international partnerships in the transport and logistics sector.
"I am pleased that this time we have signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding that will further strengthen the ties between our Latvian and German ports," said Uldis Reimanis, adding: "Once again, the dates of the German-Latvian Port Forum coincided with the visit of the Latvian President, and it was a great honour to welcome the President of the Republic of Latvia, Eglis Levits, as our guest of honour at our event. This is excellent proof of the support at the highest level of government for the cooperation between our two countries in the transport and logistics sector."
Axel Mattern, CEO of HHM, emphasised that a close partnership is all the more important in times like these: "Trade and shipping have linked Hamburg and Latvia since the Hanseatic era. Today, in times of tremendous upheaval and a new geopolitical reality, it is even more important to combine all our common strengths in order to demonstrate true solidarity on a regional and global level".
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