At the meeting between Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, in Vilnius on 8 June, emphasis was on perfect political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries, mutual wish to develop them further, and a common approach to many EU and NATO matters. The members of the cabinets of ministers also discussed EU internal and external policies, regional security, progress in Lithuania’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
In the Baltic Investors Forum’s discussion ‘Europe – preparations for a geopolitical tsunami?’, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius together with Dr. George Friedman, one of the world’s foremost geopolitical analysts, and the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs Olivier Onida discussed regional and global geopolitical challenges as well as their impact at the national and global levels.
On the second day of his visit to Oman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Oman Ali bin Masoud bin Ali al Sunaidy and discussed opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation, and plans to tap more efficiently into the existing potential.
On 17 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Fukuyama Shigehiro Komaru. The Consul is the President of one of the largest logistics companies in Japan – Fukuyama Transporting. Komaru came to Lithuania accompanied by a large delegation of entrepreneurs.
“Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has always been open to cooperation with business organizations and strives to make it more consistent, continuous and beneficial not only to businesses, but also to all Lithuanian citizens,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius in a meeting with members of the American Chamber of Commerce.
On 2 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with members of the U.S. business delegation visiting Lithuania and representatives of the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC), discussed opportunities for the development of Lithuania-U.S. economic relations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who is visiting Geneva on 28 February, held a meeting with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevêdo. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister congratulated Azevêdo on his re-election for the second term and welcomed entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
During the period of Lithuania’s Presidency of the EU Council, WTO members concluded negotiations in December 2013 on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which entered into force on 22 February 2017, following its ratification.
From January 27, Lithuanian manufacturers are able to export their poultry and poultry products to Japan. This has been announced today to the Lithuanian Embassy in Tokyo by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.
Foreign Ambassadors, who reside in Lithuania and are accredited to this country, were invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 January, were they had the opportunity to get acquainted with Lithuania’s favourable environment for young and innovative technology companies (startups) to emerge and develop their business.
On 11 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Anne Hall and the President of the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC) Eric Stewart, and discussed development opportunities for economic relations between Lithuania and the United States of America.
On 11 November in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis attended the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council on trade. The Council mainly aims to discuss the modernisation of the EU’s trade defence instruments.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania welcomes the signing on Sunday of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which opens up new possibilities for EU exporters and consumers.
On 5 September in Vilnius, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis and the Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador Juan Carlos Cassinelli discussed Ecuador’s joining the EU’s existing accord with Colombia and Peru. The Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Trade requested Lithuania’s assistance in ensuring Ecuador’s smooth accession to the trade agreement in order to achieve a more rapid application of the agreement.