The American-Lithuanian Business Council hosted Lithuanian Minister of Defense Juozas Olekas and a four member delegation of parliamentarians for a roundtable discussion on security and commercial cooperation with the United States. The delegation stressed Lithuania’s interest in partnering with the U.S. on research and improved abilities.
The Members of Parliament included:
- Gediminas Kirkilas, Vice-Speaker, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, former Prime Minister
- Andrius Kubilius, Leader of the opposition, former Prime Minister
- Vydas Gedvilas, Vice-Speaker, Member of the European Affairs Committee
- Emanuelis Zingeris, Chairman of the Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the United States of America, Member of the European Affairs Committee
The leading U.S. defense and energy companies in attendance were briefed on Lithuania’s five-year military modernization plan and the country’s use of European Reassurance Initiative funds. Chairman Zingeris assured the American representatives that Lithuania is a “stable, permanent partner” in the region.
ALBC hosted a roundtable with Lithuania’s newly-arrived Ambassador to the U.S., Rolandas Kriščiūnas. The intimate event provided ALBC members an opportunity to introduce their companies’ interests in Lithuania and discuss opportunities for ALBC and the Embassy to work together to promote U.S. investment in Lithuania. Kriščiūnas noted the growing importance of U.S. as an export destination for Lithuania and offered to be a helpful voice for American companies in Vilnius
ALBC led its third annual business mission to Vilnius on July 8 and 9. A delegation of 7 companies, the largest ALBC has brought to date, met with top members of the Lithuanian government and with President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Company representatives stressed the importance of a flexible labor code and immigration system to ensuring Lithuania’s attractiveness to foreign investment. The meetings also provided U.S. companies a chance to introduce new economic opportunities to Lithuanian officials.