Posts tagged ‘construction’

40. Albins Jasaitis, Chairman of the Board. Rīgas tilti Ltd.

Main business: building, reconstruction, maintenance, bridge design, overpasses, tunnels, and permanent embankments. “Rīgas tilti” (Riga bridges) was founded on 2 February 1990 in order to carry out technical exploitation of the existing engineering structure. Since the day of its foundation, the company chairman has been Albins Jasaitis. During the period between 1950 and 1990, many bridges, overpasses, tunnels, and permanent embankments were constructed both in Riga and throughout Latvia.  However, no technical exploitation was carried out.

Today, 18 years after winning the tender for a contract with the city of Riga, the company is still carrying out technical and seasonal maintenance on 102 structures and 37 kilometres of permanent embankments, producing some 15% of our turnover. The main work consists of repairs, reconstruction, and renovation of existing bridges and overpasses, a task involving over 70 structures.


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39. Adomas Vytautas Sankauskas, Chairman of the Board. Viadukts

The organizational history of the Latvian – Lithuanian joint venture “Viadukts” begins as far back as 1946 with formation of bridge-building teams.

Their task was to restore the destroyed railway and vehicle bridges after the Second World War. Their activities included spanning one of the highest bridges over the River Dubis, a suspension bridge in Vilnius, a railway bridge in the town of Ļudoviņa, and bridge over the River Niemena, in Jurbarkase.

After 1954 the organization also began building works in Latvia.

The old organization was superseded on October 7 1991 with the founding of the Latvian –  Lithuanian joint venture “Viadukts”, specialising in construction and reconstruction of railways, railway bridges, highways, motor bridges, foot bridges, overpasses, tunnels, quaysides, and other man-made constructions. 


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38. Juris Smirnovs, professor. Potential of Latvian Construction Industry.

Construction industry is one of the most impor­tant industries in Latvian national economy both according to the financial turnover and the num­ber of employees. Data of Central Statistical Bureau show that the share of construction in the structure of GDP in Latvia has rapidly increased since 2005 (by 6.1% in 2005, by 7.4% in 2006 and maximum by 8.4% in 2007). This increase was the evidence of the development of construction industry, increase in demand for construction services and increase in construction volumes. The amounts of construction production during the recent years have increased up to 818.1 thousand Lats in 2005, 1131.6 thou­sand Lats in 2006, 1609.7 thousand Lats in 2007 and 1774.1 thousand Lats in 2008.

Legal framework for construction industry is based on the Construction Law adopted by the Par­liament on August 10, 1995, the conditions of which concern all types of structures. The construction industry in Latvia is developing in line with the Na­tional Programme on Construction 2012 approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. Its main defined aim is to ensure the development of competitive construc­tion. The essence of competitiveness lies in meeting the demand of national economy with environmen­tally friendly, healthy, energy and resource saving, aesthetical and modern construction products in di­versified economic environment of modern knowl­edge, innovations and technologies.


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6. I.I.Scherbo, the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus. Main Directions of Widening and Deepening Cooperation Between Belarus and Latvia in the Logistics Field.

Trade and economic relations between Belarus and Latvia have developed historically, and currently they are developing dynamically. For example, during 2004-2010 (since May 2004, when Latvia joined the European Union) the mutual trade turnover between Belarus and Latvia rose from 395.0 to 1026.4 million US dollars or in 2.6 times (see Figure 1).

Products such as medicines, fish, various equipment, instruments, medical equipment, chemical and light industry products dominate the majority of Belarus imports from Latvia.

Belarusian exports to Latvia predominantly are petroleum products, ferrous metals and items made thereof, products of forestry, wood pulp and paper industry, tractors, cars, equipment, tools, products of light and food industries, construction materials.

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