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Latvian Information and communications technology association – LIKTA
Latvian Information and communications technology association (LIKTA) was founded in 1998 and it unites leading industry companies and organizations, as well as ICT professionals – more than 160 members in total.
The goal of LIKTA is to foster growth of ICT sector in Latvia by promoting the development of information society and ICT education thus increasing the competitiveness of Latvia on a global scale. The association provides professional opinion to government institutions on legislation and other issues related to the industry, while also maintaining close relationships with other Latvian NGOs and international ICT associations.
In 2012 six main goals for ICT industry were defined in the
Charter of LIKTA
, which will help the society to become more innovative and technologically educated.
1. Empowered e-citizen:
using digital technologies an e-environment, which would allow the citizens of Latvia to use all the services that are available in real environment – in electronic environment, thus reducing the bureaucratic burden and improving administrative processes.
2. Smart e-citizen:
it is necessary to develop e-skills of the general public to allow everyone to use e-environment infrastructure and benefits provided by it.
3. The most modern e-government in Europe:
a modern e-government provides access to public services to everyone, including the groups of people that do not use modern technologies in their day to day lives. Efficient e-government on municipal and state level will be ensured by integrated and intuitive services.
4. Competitive business environment:
organized and efficient technologies provide business infrastructure and environment that free the entrepreneurs from waste of resources by promoting productivity, competitiveness, growth of exporting ability and contribution to state economy.
5. Active ageing:
by promoting the technology as an instrument to improve quality of life in all fields and at any age, not only the principles of inclusive society would be developed in e-environment, but also the access and security of health care data would be ensured, as well as the opportunities for lifelong education.
6. Easy access to cultural heritage:
by identifying and popularising the cultural heritage both in Latvia and abroad the digital technologies not only increase the national self-confidence, but also integrate the cultural heritage in education.
Technology development significantly improves the competitiveness of all fields of economy. Information and communication technologies have increased added value and has one of the highest growth potential in Latvian export.
During its years of operation LIKTA has grown from a small organisation to a representative association talking on behalf of the whole industry. Our organization is unique due to the fact that both individual ICT professionals and the largest businesses of the field are members of LIKTA.