On May 5, 2022, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš visited the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics (FBME) of the University of Latvia (LU) to discuss current issues in international and national politics and economics. More than 150 local and international students and professors participated in the discussion. The event was opened by Dean of the FBME professor Gundars Bērziņš.

Opening the discussion, professor Gundars Bērziņš briefed students about the achievements of Prime Minister and emphasized the role of Krišjānis Kariņš not only in overcoming COVID-19 crisis, but also in contributing to the approval of the seven-year budget of the European Union. During discussion, students were interested in both, possible participation in political processes and how to promote loyalty to their country.

Refering to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš: “Our biggest challenge today is Russian military invasion on Ukraine. Our goal is peace with Ukraine's victory in this war. We provide and will continue to provide all possible support to Ukraine. Ukraine is currently fighting for European values ​​that we enjoy on daily basis: freedom, democracy and rule of law. Ukraine has made it clear to us that democracy is not a matter of course: it must be defended and, if necessary, fought for”. Prime Minister thanked students of the University of Latvia for relevant questions and interesting discussion, as well as he thanked the leadership team of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics of the University of Latvia - for the opportunity to visit faculty and meet students.”

Students also offered to help Latvia with their knowledge, get involved in projects and improve governance. During the meeting, Prime Minister emphasized a role of knowledge and educated people both in the fight against disinformation and in the overall development of society.

Citing Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš: “You are currently fulfilling one of the most important missions of your life - you have an opportunity to absorb knowledge that no one will be able to take away from you. I invite you to share this knowledge, because the best cure for misinformation is information, against prejudice - openness, against ignorance - understanding. Use this time and opportunities at the University of Latvia for self-improvement, and then contribute to the overall development of society.”

Krišjānis Kariņš is a Latvian politician (party association "Jaunā Vienotība"). Before becoming Prime Minister in 2019, K. Kariņš was a Member of European Parliament for ten years, as well as a Minister of Economics and a Member of the Saeima. Before getting involved in politics, K. Kariņš was an entrepreneur. K. Kariņš holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.