On September 7th and 8th, 2017 event in honour of 20th anniversary of Rēzekne SEZ “Rēzekne SEZ – with a view to the future” took place. In its scope a solemn event, in which awards of “Enterprise of the Year” were granted to seven most successful Rēzekne SEZ enterprises of 2016, as well as business discussion on future development perspectives of Rēzekne SEZ were organized.
Rēzekne Special Economic Zone was established in 1997 due to initiative and determination of local entrepreneurs. In course of development Rēzekne SEZ has changed its territory and form of administration, still the main aim of its functioning has always been provision of support for entrepreneurs and attraction of investments to the zone territory. Currently Rēzekne SEZ unites 18 enterprises in Rēzekne City and Rēzekne Municipality, which employ 852 employees.
As the CEO of Rēzekne SEZ Authority Ms Sandra Ežmale had emphasized in her address, “If years of functioning of Rēzekne SEZ are to be compared to the life of a person, then Rēzekne SEZ with its 20 years has reached the time of youth when studies are continued, simultaneously implementing the gained knowledge in practical work”.
In scope of solemn event, which took place on September 7th in Embassy of Latgale “GORS”, awards were granted to the winners of “Rēzekne SEZ Enterprises Year Award 2016” competition. In scope of the competition enterprises were evaluated in 10 nominations based on their performance indicators in 2016. In group of small enterprises the winners were enterprises “Energy Resources CHP” RSEZ SIA (3rd place), RSEZ SIA “LATSTAB” (2nd place), RSEZ SIA “IRBIS Technology” (1st place) and “Rēzeknes Dzirnavnieks” RSEZ AS (1st place). Meanwhile in the group of medium-sized/ large enterprises awards of “Enterprise of the Year” were granted to “NewFuels” RSEZ SIA (3rd place), “VEREMS” RSEZ SIA (2nd place), SIA “LEAX Rēzekne” RSEZ (1st place). During the event guests of the event also had an opportunity to hear the performance of Austrian musician, master of Hammond organ Raphael Wressnig with Rēzekne Bigband and Vocal Studio of Rēzekne Municipality “Skonai”.
On the second day of the event business discussions took place in Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia “Zeimuļs” with participation of entrepreneurs, representatives of state and municipal institutions and Rēzekne SEZ cooperation partners. Participants of business discussions debated on business opportunities offered by Rēzekne SEZ, Rēzekne City and Rēzekne Municipality, available state aid instruments for promotion of entrepreneurship, as well as future perspectives of the development of free zones.