Insight and information for friends of The U.S.-Baltic Foundation

March 3, 2009, Volume 2, Issue 3
Compiled by Trevor Dane


The Baltics in the News


USBF at Work

  • USBF Sponsored “President Obama and the Baltics”:  On February 12, Ambassador Vaino Reinart of Estonia, Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovics (Latvia) and Ambassador Audrius Bruzga (Lithuania) participated in the panel discussion titled “President Obama and the Baltics” at the new Capitol Hill Visitors Center.  The event provided the Ambassadors an opportunity to discuss the most important issues affecting the U.S.-Baltic partnership today.  The panel was moderated by Dr. Michael Haltzel of Johns Hopkins University.

    Obama and the Baltics

    -  To see the video of the event, please click here

    WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE: Ambassadors share U.S.-Baltic call for ‘peace, prosperity’

    -  Estonian Television Story of event, please click here

  • USBF Hosts screening of “The Soviet Story” for State Department Employees:  On Friday, February 27, USBF hosted a screening of the new film “The Soviet Story” for the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs of The State Department.  The screening was followed by a discussion with the film’s writer and director, Edvins Snore.


Supply Chain Venture Forum

Date:               Wednesday May 13 – Sunday 17, 2009
Location:         The Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, Washington, DC

What is the Forum?
The 2009 US Baltic Foundation’s Supply Chain Venture Forum is a must-attend event for innovative companies looking for new business opportunities in logistics, supply chain, and emerging technologies.

Organizations and Companies that are supportive:
The USBF invited Gustav Plato, CEO, iiGrowth LLC ( to be the business program chair.  Mr. Plato is also the Director of the Board for the Latvian Chamber of Commerce ( , which along with iiGrowth have responsibility for the business program.  Gustav Plato can be reach at [email protected] and 240.499.4938 for all questions related to program content and matchmaking.

The following organizations represent the current list of private and public sector enterprises that are participating in the business program. 

Supporting Organizations & Speakers

iiGrowth LLC

Latvian Chamber of Commerce

Raytheon Corporation

Embassy of Latvia

U.S. Department of Commerce

Embassy of Estonia

Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations

Latvian Port Group (Riga, Liepaja, Ventspils)


Embassy of Lithuania

Phoenix Group

Lockheed Martin

Mobile Now

Estonian Logistics Association

Lockheed Martin

Port of Tallinn

Port of Baltimore

Riga Central Terminal (RCT)

DB Schenker

Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the U.S.


How to register:
Please click here if you are interested in registering for the program.

Questions regarding the program’s structure, content and matchmaking, please contact Gustav Plato at [email protected].

Questions regarding the program’s planning and logistics, please contact Trevor Dane at [email protected].


U.S.- Baltic Confluence: Forum, Exchange & Gala

  • *Tickets Now Available on USBF Website*

    Guest of Honor: H.E. Valdis Zatlers, President of the Republic of Latvia                  
    Date: May 14-17, 2009 (Saturday, May 16, 2009:  Silent Auction and Dinner)
    Venue: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
    Honorary Chairman: Charles W. Larson, United States Ambassador to Latvia (February 2008- January 2009)
    Co-Host: The Embassy of Poland in the United States
    Dinner: The menu and gala dinner will be prepared by world renowned chef Martins Ritins, Director of Vincents Restaurant in Riga, Latvia.
    Master of Ceremonies: Anita Brikman, Latvian- American television news anchor in Washington, DC

    2009 U.S.- Baltic Gala Award Honorees

    Baltic Statesmanship Award:  President Valdis Zatlers, Republic of Latvia
    Baltic Image Enhancement Award:  Ms. Tiiu Leek
    Special Achievement in Business Award:  Mr. Gerald Wirth
    Corporate Social Responsibility AwardDiena Group of Newspapers



Baltic Embassy News

  • The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) in the summer of 2009 (June 15-August 7).  For details, click here


Special Congratulations to James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty

  • Co-filmmaker of "The Singing Revolution", James Tusty, receives honor from President Ilves of Estonia The Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Estonia's highest award for foreigners. This is a very special and unexpected recognition after nearly 5 years of work.

    James Tusty


Baltic Documentaries


For the latest English-language Baltic news on the web, visit The Baltic Times


Email your news and information to Trevor Dane, or call 202-785-5056

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