There are reasons to be optimistic about Lithuania’s trade data for the first half of 2022. The Government’s goal of diversifying export markets has not only proved successful but is also gaining momentum.
On 21-23 June, the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC) hosted its 8th annual business mission to Vilnius and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis held a meeting with the ALBC delegation.
On 6-7 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with Lithuanian business representatives, is paying a working visit to Japan. The aim of the visit is to deepen political dialogue and bilateral economic relations.
The United States of America, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan and Taiwan took advantage of the opportunity to submit requests to join the World Trade Organisation's dispute settlement consultations with China. The EU has referred China to the WTO following its economic pressure on Lithuania.
On 11 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary in Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and discussed China’s economic pressure on Lithuania, as well as the European Union's possible common decisions and measures in response to China’s economic pressure on one of the EU member states.
On 5-6 October, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius participated in the 2nd part of the 2021 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level, which gathered leaders and Ministers under the theme of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future”, to honour the organisation’s 60th anniversary and to focus on the crucial work at hand.
On 20 September in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa Shaheen Almarar. The meeting focused on the opportunities for bilateral cooperation, Lithuania's participation at EXPO2020, and the UAE-Lithuania business forum.
On 16 September in Washington, D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with entrepreneurs from American companies that operate in the sectors of defence, financial services, cybersecurity, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and human resource management. These companies either operate or plan their activities in Lithuania.