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Slovenia Business Week no. 22: Slovenian Trade Offices Abroad Present Their Work

Heads of four Slovenia's trade offices abroad presented their activities, giving Slovenian businessmen the first chance to learn about the markets where the offices operate, and the services that they offer

Heads of four Slovenia's trade offices abroad presented their activities on Monday, 4 June, giving Slovenian businessmen the first chance to learn about the markets where the offices operate, and the services that they offer.

Boosting the penetration of foreign markets and attracting incoming foreign direct investment are the Economy Ministry's priorities and the main tasks of the trade offices abroad, said Sabina Kolesa, the head of the Directorate for Foreign Economic Relations.

The trade offices open where they seem necessary and the aim of the Public Agency for Enterprise and Foreign Investment is that there be as many direct contacts as possible and that Slovenian companies acquire as much information as possible, said the agency's acting director, Peter Jesovnik.

The agency is hoping to open more offices next year, which would be enough for a while. Jesovnik said that if Slovenian companies did not show enough interest, individual offices could be closed and opened somewhere else.

Slovenia currently has trade offices in Germany, Italy, Romania and Turkey. Four more are to open in the autumn, this time outside the EU.

The ministry did not reveal where, however a while ago Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak said that possible locations were Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Argentina or Brazil, and China.

Meanwhile, the provisional director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Samo Hribar Milic said that the chamber strongly supported the opening of trade offices in distant countries.

He added that Slovenian business should not focus only on one market, but should diversify exports.

Source: Slovenian Press Agency STA

Author: STA, Slovenian National Press Agency