Key stakeholders engaged in Baltic States
07 March 2018
NSPA General Manager Mr Peter Dohmen recently travelled to the Baltic States to meet with key customers and stakeholders. During the trip to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Mr Dohmen was accompanied by Mr Orhan Muratli, Director of NSPA’s Support to Operations Directorate, and met with both key government and military representatives in each country. NSPA is supporting all three states in many ways and through many programmes and this cooperation is expected to intensify. One significant area of cooperation is in the area of engineering and construction through NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence operations in the region and also the US led European Reassurance Initiative. “These visits allowed me to highlight the support available to all three nations through the Agency’s Operational Logistics Support Partnership which is available to support their own forces but also help them provide Host Nation support to allied forces operating on their territory,” he explained.
In Estonia, the stop included a visit to the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments and a meeting with Director Colonel Rauno Sirk and senior officials including Mr Kusti Salm, Estonian National Armaments Director and NSPA Agency Supervisory Board member.
In Latvia, Mr Dohmen and Mr Muratli met with Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš, Chief of Defence, and meetings were also arranged with Mrs Elīna Egle-Ločmele from the Board of Federation of Security and Defence Industries, Brigadier General Imants Ziediņš, Deputy Chief of Staff for Support and Mrs Kristīne Rudzīte-Stejskala, Director Logistics and Defence Investments Policy Department, MoD and NSPA ASB member. The visit in Latvia was wrapped up with a meeting with Mr Viesturs Silenieks, Parliamentary Secretary and a lunch hosted by Mr Aivars Puriņš, Undersecretary of State for Logistics and concluded with a tour of Ādaži military base with Colonel Ilmārs Atis Lejiņš, Commander of Land Force. During this visit State Secretary Mr Jānis Garisons awarded NSPA staff member Mr. Mark Charles with a certificate of appreciation.
The last of the three Baltic States visited was Lithuania where Mr Dohmen and Mr Muratli met the Vice-Minister Giedrimas Jeglinskas and “Enterprise Lithuania” representatives and the National Armaments Director, Colonel Valdas Šiaučiulis. “Across these meetings we were able to highlight our support to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence, Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, the NATO Response Force and also explain how our Agency can support Lithuania as a Host Nation for any of these forces. Finally, we also had the opportunity to engage directly with industry to encourage their registration in our Source File which is the first necessary step toward winning NSPA contracts,” added Mr Dohmen.