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Next year's ''Northern Future Forum'' to be held in Riga


At the conclusion of Thursday's ''Northern Future Forum'' in Stockholm, the heads of state of Great Britain, the Nordic and Baltic countries supported the proposal made by Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis to organize the forum in Riga next year.

Thereby, at the beginning of next year, the prime ministers, experts and entrepreneurs of these nine countries will gather in Riga to search for solutions to challenges faced by all countries of the region, LETA was informed by Cabinet of Ministry spokeswoman Zanda Sadre.

Yesterday's ''Northern Future Forum'' featured two main themes - how to increase the proportion of women in leading positions and in business, as well as the involvement of seniors in the job market.

In his address, Dombrovskis said the whole Europe is facing negative demographic tendencies, therefore, the question of how to create favorable conditions to ensure that as many people as possible participate in the labor market becomes increasingly topical.

''This becomes a decisive issue for further development of our region and, therefore, we need to look for new ways to make better use of our labor force through support to initiatives of both, women and senior citizens. In Latvia, where the proportion of women in top positions in business and administration is even higher than in some Nordic countries, the non-governmental organizations also largely contribute, which inspires and motivates women to fulfil themselves in the labor market or to create new jobs for themselves and others on their own initiative,'' the Latvian prime minister said.

Dombrovskis went on to say that the employment of senior citizens, in its turn, cannot be juxtaposed to youth employment, ''because we need both - experience and energy of young people.''

''Therefore, there is a need to create preconditions to ensure that those who can and are willing to continue working also beyond retirement age, would have such a possibility,'' the prime minister said.

As reported, the first such forum was held in January 2011 in London, which was organized by the British government in order to exchange points of views between Great Britain, the Baltics and the Nordic countries.