Latvian environmental companies launch training course
Erbil governorate has conducted several training courses with leading environmental Latvian companies to improve environmental conditions. The governorate has launched three training courses for a number of Engineers, directors and several other employees. Two training courses were launched in the capital city of Erbil, and the third one was launched in Latvia.
Latvia is one of the three Baltic countries -- Lithuania, Astonia and Latvia. The political system is an democratically elected parliament. The number of its population is estimated to be around 2,240,000 and Latvia became an independent country in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. It became a member of the European Union in 2004.
Arta Dizofsica is the director of Vintico Company which is one of the leading environmental companies in Latvia. Dizofscia came to Kurdistan in 2008, and met with the Minister of Environment. He told the minister that his company is fully ready to cooperate with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) relevant parties. He also recounted that he discovered several historical similarities between Latvia and the Kurdistan region. He added, “In a very short time after we became independent in 1991, we endeavored hard to become a leading country in the world in the field of environment sector.”
In 2009, the company launched its first training course, and the ministry recommended 37 employees to participate in the course. Although Dizofscia has stated that no formal agreement has been signed between KRG and Vintico to launch training courses. In a press conference, he told Kurdish news outlets that he is happy to develop mutual relations with Kurdistan. He said, “There are many professional people in Kurdistan just like that of Latvia. The current development in Latvia is the production of such professional people, and I hope the same happens in Kurdistan”.
Dizofscia stated that the trainers are both qualified and skilled, adding that one of them was the head of municipality for three years, as well as a minister of regional development for several years. According to him, his company has tried to teach employees on two level - theoretical and practical. He believes the people are responsible for protecting Erbil city, and other cities in Kurdistan from being polluted. He explained that “There are many professional people in Kurdistan just like that of Latvia. The current development in Latvia is the production of such professional people, and I hope the same happens in Kurdistan”.
A view of a natural attraction in Rawanduz, north of Erbil.