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​In mid-September, attended by the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, an opening ceremony was held for the University of Latvia and Microsoft Innovation Centre – the first technological innovation platform of its kind in the region of Baltic countries and Northern Europe. Objective of this centre is to strengthen the cooperation between partners of the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) industry, science, non-governmental organisations and public sector, development of export capable IT solutions and digital transformation within Latvia.
  
At February 17th, 2017 at Riga Technical University (RTU) was held Latvian programmers day conference. During the conference professionals and leading experts of information and communications technology (ICT) industry, representatives of Latvian universities and students discussed the latest technologies, innovations and challenges aiming to increase competitiveness and talent of Latvia’s ICT professionals. “Latvian Programmers Day 2017” is organized by the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) in collaboration with leading universities of Latvia and ICT industry partners.
  
On December 1, 2016 a Memorandum of co-operation was signed between the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia and the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA). On February 9, 2017 this Memorandum of co-operation has been supported by more than 20 Latvian ICT companies, non-governmental organizations, educational and research institutions.
  
​On Friday, October 7th 2016, 4 Latvian students and their informatics teachers were invited for a reception by Latvia State president Raimonds Vejonis.
  
Export of Latvian information and communications technology (ICT) sector has shown substantial growth last year – total export of services of the sector has grown by 24% in comparison with 2014, reaching 361.32 million euro, shows the latest Bank of Latvia’s (LB) data.
  
Two of the new Latvian programmers – Aleksandrs Zajakins (Riga Secondary School No. 89) and Ingus Jānis Pretkalniņš (Riga State Gymnasium No. 1) – won bronze medals among 54 competitors in the 22nd Baltic Olympiad in Informatics, which took place in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
  
On Monday, October 5, 2015,  4 Latvian students and their informatics teachers were invited for a reception by Latvia State president  Raimonds Vējonis.  The event was organized to congratulate the successful participants of the 27th International Olympiad of Informatics (IOI) which took place in Kazakhstan from July 26th to August 2nd. Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Marite Seile, President of Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) Signe Balina and head of the National Centre for Education of Latvia Guntars Catlaks thanked   the young talents together with State  president RaimondsVējonis. 
  
under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On March 13, 2015 the official launch of the “eSkills for Jobs” 2015 and 2016 campaign took place in Riga, where a high level conference was held under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference was attended by over 250 stakeholders and the campaign target groups. It commanded media attention both at national and European levels.
The conference took stock of existing and new digital jobs in Europe today and the corresponding e-skills needs. It highlighted the contribution of e-skills to the digital transformation of the European economy as a whole, beyond the traditional IT sector, and the potential to foster innovation, competitiveness, jobs and growth. The conference was enriched by an exhibition area where leading players displayed their products and services.
The conference contributed to set-up the further policy and initiatives for e-skills development in Europe to meet an increasing demand for ICT professionals in all sectors of the economy. A policy Declaration was adopted and publicly launched during the event.
  
LIKTA 16th annual conference held on December 11th, 2014, gathered around 250 opinion leaders and decision makers from ICT industry, government organizations and civil society, including European Commission (EC) Vice President of the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip. The main conference theme was "Latvia’s  role in the creation of  EU digital future" which was dedicated to the Latvian Presidency of the European Union (EU) Council digital priorities.
  
In the frame of Mrs Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission visit  to the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) LIKTA − Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association − had a meeting with European Commissioner in order to discuss important  topics related to Digital Agenda for Europe goals.