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Presentation of investment opportunities and business environment in Slovenia at the 2nd Investment Forum United Kingdom - Central Europe

On the 12th of June 2018 the '2nd Investment Forum United Kingdom - Central Europe' titled 'Investing in Innovation' took place in the London City. It was organized by the Embassy of Slovenia in collaboration with Embassies of other ten Central European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, and international law firm Mayer Brown International LLP.

The speakers at the conference included cabinet ministers, trade agency chiefs, investors, local entrepreneurs as well as other experts with considerable experience of investing in Central Europe. The event included the following panels:

- Investing in infrastructure projects in Central Europe
- Opportunities for cooperation with companies in Central Europe
- Support for foreign investors in Central Europe

Slovenia was represented at the forum by State Secretary of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iztok Mirošič who took part in the panel 'Support for foreign investors in Central Europe'. He presented several competitive advantages of Slovenia such as its traditionally export-driven and open economy and a long industrial tradition. He emphasised that Slovenian companies are highly reliable and efficient partners, suppliers and sub-contractors; Slovenia's excellent geographical position, including Port of Koper, that together with quality infrastructure with a well-developed transport and telecommunication network offer potential investors the shortest way to Central Europe; well-educated and motivated labour force, with good knowledge of foreign languages and a high level of computer literacy; tax allowances and incentive schemes designed to encourage and assist foreign investors to commit capital to strategic FDI projects.

Slovenian representative CEO Jakob Gajšek from ABC Accelerator also took part at the panel exploring various possibilities for collaboration between investors and Central European companies, as well as between EU and non-EU companies and investors.