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Slovenia Business Week no. 08: CCIS to Boost Competitiveness with Cooperation, Not Adversity

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) unveiled a white paper on competitiveness, which calls for greater value added, a more flexible labour market, better phasing of EU funds and more dispersed exports as ways of boosting the country's competitive ability

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) on Wednesday, 14 February unveiled a white paper on competitiveness, which calls for greater value added, a more flexible labour market, better phasing of EU funds and more dispersed exports as ways of boosting the country's competitive ability.

The government, trade unions and companies are not adversaries, we are partners on the same ship which will "set the course, safely yet with appropriate speed," CCIS president Samo Hribar Milic told a conference accompanying the launch of the strategy paper.

The white paper includes 62 measures that are divided into eight groups: business on foreign markets, technological development, education, cutting red tape, labour market flexibility, environment protection, promotion of entrepreneurship and regional development.

The CCIS, which drafted the document as a guideline for the government as it adopts economic policy measures, is convinced that competitiveness cannot be achieved through wage policy alone. Instead, what it takes is an appropriate macroeconomic environment, clear ownership and protection of competition.

Economist Marko Jaklic of the Ljubljana Faculty of Economics agrees. Instead of taking short-term measures which "demoralise employees", businesses should think about improving productivity and value added, he told the conference.

Jaklic also said the white paper does not say enough about the activities managers themselves need to undertake in order to boost competitiveness. Economist France Krizanic added that the document did not include venture capital initiatives.

Source: Slovenian Press Agency STA

Author: STA, Slovenian National Press Agency