Latvian economic development monitoring 2014

The Latvian economic development monitoring is an analytical overview about the government's actual accomplishments in 2014, according to it's
declaration in the fields of justice, education, science, innovation, investment, business and EU funds absorption , as well as the increasing of public confidence. The analysis of the goals mentioned in the declaration was viewed in three key aspects:
1) what the government declared as an achievable goal
2) what was the actual government action and the real developments
3) ratings and observations of sectoral experts, professionals and specialists, as well as the conclusions of the working group experts.

In each of the declaration's sections reviewed the situation has been quite different – in some activities declared, the achieved results were better and in some worse. There are similarities though - insufficient government and its institutions, weak leadership, lack of communication and coordination between the responsible persons and institutions involved in the management processes. Therefore, even in those directions, where during the year it has been done apparently a lot, in a wider period, the progress has been made proves to be rather modest.

There is no concrete action plan or model in the strategic documents of Latvia, including the government declaration, how to reach the objectives and priorities defined in the strategic documents. There is an impression that , the politicians forget about the declaration immediately after the government approval. Once a year, the Ministries gather the work done, publish it on their websites, submit it to the State Chancellery and the Prime Minister, but no further action is intended. 

The results of the Government Declaration are difficult to evaluate because of the blurry statement of the declaration. Therefore, it is not clear what the government intended to accomplish and what measurable results to achieve. There are many questions presented in the government strategy documents, but the legislation and action plans are not developed and do not respond to the question of how to achieve the formulated priorities. Consequently there is no efficient and result oriented cooperation between the various sectors of industry and the government administrative sector.

The Monitoring authors believe that  the number of the task set in the strategic documents must be substantially reduced and there should be a concrete and measurable action plan, appropriate for the Latvian economic situation and budget options. At the same time it is necessary to improve the administrative capacity of the effectiveness of achieving the strategic goals, public explanation of  the government's action and the results achieved.

The research fields leaders - Lauris Liepa (justice), Edmunds Krastiņš (quantitative indicators), Uldis Osis (education, innovation, investment, entrepreneurship), Juris Cebulisand and Jānis Platais (absorption of EU funds), Filips Rajevskis (trust state power). Head of the Group Ojārs Kehris.

Research results (in Latvian) | | 
The project is financially supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Program is financed by the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Latvian state.
"Latvian economic development monitoring" is published with the support of the EEZ Financial Mechanism and the Republic of Latvia. The Economist Association 2010 is responsible for the content of the "Latvian economic development monitoring".