September 26, 2007
The New York Stock Exchange today opened its doors to the Presidents of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia, and President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania met with NYSE Euronext CEO John A. Thain and closed the NYSE market.
“We are honored to welcome the Presidents of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and their respective delegations to the New York Stock Exchange,” said NYSE Euronext CEO John A. Thain.
“Estonia is today among the world’s leading countries of open and liberal economies and it is an honor to visit the New York Stock Exchange,” said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia.
“The NYSE is considered by many to be the epicenter of the global stock markets today,” said President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia. “We are looking forward to more NYSE listed companies doing business in Latvia, using Latvia as a gateway to Europe and beyond. We also see the NYSE as being a future gateway to the US markets for Latvia’s rapidly expanding and dynamic private business sector.”
“We are very pleased to visit the New York Stock Exchange,” said President Valdas Adamkus of Lithuania. “Lithuania is a growing part of Europe where the reality of economic convergence exceeds most forecasts. The region has the highest GDP growth in the European Union over this decade, offering macrostability of the West and investment opportunities of the East.”
The NYSE is home to 424 non-U.S. companies from 45 countries. These global and regional leaders have a combined total global market capitalization of over $10 trillion.
Please see the here for The Closing Bell photo with the Presidents of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.