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Weekly News from Lithuania, September 20 2019

Sep 23 2019
 
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Think globally, act locally - with this motto @LithuaniaMFA, first from state institutions, joined… https://t.co/CEyyNs7LVh

 
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Minister Linas Linkevičius met with the Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

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Armenia and Lithuania 'not rich beneath the earth', but have talent – Armenian FM says in Vilnius
 

Armenia would like to expand cooperation with Lithuania in the areas of high and IT technology and science, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said in Vilnius. Bilateral cooperation could include "information technology, life sciences, financial technology," said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevičius. Mnatsakanyan was first appointed foreign minister in May 2018, and stayed on after a new government was formed in January. It's the first minister's to Lithuania.

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda at Rukla military base
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The President met with representatives of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation



President Gitanas Nausėda met with Governor Tadashi Maeda and members of the delegation of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Economic cooperation between Lithuania and Japan as well as future prospects and investments in the Lithuanian economy were discussed during the meeting. The President emphasized the importance of Japanese experience and investments of Japanese companies in implementation of strategic transport and energy projects.

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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister meets with delegation of American-Lithuanian Business Council



On 19 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with members of the American-Lithuanian Business Council’s business mission. The delegation was comprised of representatives from the eleven U.S. companies operating in Lithuania in different sectors.

“Dynamic economic relations between the two countries show that Lithuania is an attractive and reliable country for global businesses with a favorable environment for the development of different sectors. The U.S. is Lithuania’s strategic partner in many areas. Our goal is to further strengthen trade, promote mutual investment and business cooperation not only in traditional, but also in innovative sectors of the economy,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.

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BUSINESS & SCIENCE
 


Lithuanian Finance Minister Urges Use of Fiscal Stimulus Where Possible      |    Credits @ Bloomberg

 
Robotic process automation may help to unleash employee creativity?
 

Global business services (GBS) ecosystem is currently thriving in Lithuania. According to Invest Lithuania, GBS industry has contributed 1,5% to the country’s GDP in 2019. To date, the majority of the international companies in Lithuania are continuously creating new products as well as implement innovative business development solutions. Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of those solutions. Currently, around 85% of the services centres in the world are deploying RPA.

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Zalgiris held the first sports hackathon in Central and Eastern Europe
 

The first ever in Central and Eastern Europe hackathon of this type was a two-day event that could be described as a marathon for creating innovative solutions to sports-related issues and unites all sorts of start-up, technological and expert partners. At the end of the process, the start-up teams presented prototypes for their solutions with the help of IT professionals, coders, designers and other specialists that are there to complete the task.

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#WalkableVilnius in a minute      |    Credits @ Go Vilnius

 
 
 
 
CULTURE & HISTORY
 
 
  Go Vilnius
9:30 AM - Sep 16, 2019
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Can you handle this beauty? It’s called #Vilnius and it should be on your #must-visit list if it isn’t already. Just take a close look and imagine yourself standing on the top of Gediminas’ Tower taking in views of the Old Town. Now’s the time to start planning your trip. #govilnius #gediminascastle #vilniusoldtown

 
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'Joker' Composer Hildur Guonadottir Wins Emmy for HBO's 'Chernobyl'


To capture the experience of Chernobyl, the composer recorded sounds at a power plant in Lithuania.

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir nabbed her first Emmy for the haunting score to HBO limited series Chernobyl on Sunday night at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys. She also recently scored Todd Phillips' Joker, which last weekend won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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Lithuania chooses documentary essay Bridges of Time to compete for the Oscars race


Lithuanian Oscars Committee announced its selection for this year’s Academy Awards: it’s a Lithuanian-Latvian-Estonian documentary essay Bridges of Time (lit. Laiko tiltai) brought by directors Audrius Stonys (Lithuania) and Kristīne Briede (Latvia).

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September 21
 
River Cleanup: Neris ir Nemunas
 

First time in Lithuania - global initiative River Cleanup, to encourage community and sustainable living by getting together people to clean up the river banks of Nemunas and Neris.

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September 19-29
 
International Documentary Films Festival
 


Vilnius Documentary Film Festival (VDFF) is an international documentary film festival launched in 2004 in Lithuania, and is the main documentary film platform in the Baltics.


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September 29
 
European Heritage Days’19
 

This year’s European Heritage Days invite you to have fun discovering the cultural heritage! We have to admit that we see cultural heritage objects every day and by exploring it we “read” the history of our parents, grandparents and people who have lived in an ancient times. It helps us understand our origins and identity. Therefore, events (cognitive walks, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, hiking, hide and seek games, etc.) for different age groups will be held during the

 

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GLOBAL LITHUANIA
 
 
  Lietuvos ambasada Pietų Afrikoje/Lithuanian Embassy to South Africa
10:55 AM - Sep 20, 2019
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Lietuvos užsienio reikalų ministerijos delegacija diskutavo su kolegomis Pietų Afrikos Respublikoje kaip suaktyvinti verslo ryšius, paskatinti akademinius mainus ir turizmą tarp Lietuvos ir Pietų Afrikos / Lithuanian Foreign Ministry delegation in South Africa to discuss boosting economic and political cooperation between the two countries

 
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Expat living in Vilnius: French do not understand Lithuanians in this area
 

Historian, lecturer, polyglot Frenchman Arnaud Parent speaks, writes and lectures in Lithuanian. He lives in Vilnius and is busy writing the biography of French physician Jean-Emmanuel Gilibert, who lived in Vilnius 1781-1783 in Lithuanian.

As the new academic year began Sept. 1st, Arnaud Parent noticed that in France there is no such thing as First Day of Classes with celebrations that are common in Lithuania every Sept.  1st. Last year he defended his PhD in history in Lithuanian at Vilnius University and Lithuania‘s History Institute. Admitting that he likes to live among books, he now teaches the French language to students at Mykolas Romeris University.

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Lithuanian Diplomatic Star Award, presented to Eeva Catharina Sikow-Magny

Vilnius, Lithuania
Photo credits @ Jurijus Azanovas

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