Presentation of investment opportunities and business environment in Slovenia at the 3rd Investment Forum United Kingdom - Central Europe
On the 12th of June 2019, the 3rd 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 ten other Central European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, and international law firm Mayer Brown International LLP.
The Forum included the panels addressing possibilities of investing in infrastructure projects, opportunities for cooperation with companies and support for foreign investors in Central Europe. The speakers at the conference included cabinet ministers, trade agency chiefs, local entrepreneurs as well as other experts with considerable experience of investing in Central Europe.
In the panel about support for foreign investors in Central Europe, Slovenia was represented by Head of Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Department at Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology SPIRIT Slovenia, Mr Vid Habjan.
Emphasising Slovenia's export-driven and open economy, he presented competitive advantages of Slovenia for investments, among others innovative environment and quality workforce, available support for foreign investors and leading sectors such as automotive, ICT, energy, metalworking and wood-processing.
Representative Mr Marko Grobelnik, Researcher and Project Manager at Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS) in Slovenia, took part at the panel exploring various possibilities for collaboration between investors and Central European companies. He presented activities of the IJS's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AILAB) and use of AILAB's research in the economy. He also emphasised possibilities of integration of real economy and artificial intelligence, such as in automotive industry, energy and transport, and also in connection with social developments and media.
Representatives of Regional Development Agency for Koroška, Development Centre Novo mesto and Development Centre Murska Sobota were available at the Forum to advise the participants about investment opportunities in their respective regions.
They were joined by a team from a start-up Mouzen, which has developed an ergonomic armrest.