First official business delegation of Nevada to Slovenia
On 4 and 5 March 2020, a business delegation from the state of Nevada paid a visit to Slovenia. Within the scope of the Nevada Global Trade and Education Mission, the American delegation also visited Poland, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.
The business delegation, comprised of business and university representatives from Nevada, used the occasion of their visit to Slovenia to seek (new) business opportunities and to establish direct contacts with potential and future Slovenian business partners. Supported by the office of the Governor of the State of Nevada, the visit was co-organised by Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
On the second day of the visit, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) hosted a conference titled Nevada - Slovenia Business Conference, featuring the presentation of Slovenia and Nevada’s business environments and business opportunities for joint cooperation, along with some examples of best practice involving Slovenian companies that already operate in Nevada or elsewhere in the USA (Robotina d.o.o., Visonect d.o.o., INEOR d.o.o.). The Slovenian and American guests were addressed by the US Ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard, who drew attention to one of her chief tasks – advocating the strengthening of economic cooperation between the USA and Slovenia, and their closer cooperation. She expressed the hope to welcome another US delegation to Slovenia in the near future. The guests were also addressed by Iztok Grmek, acting Director-General for Economic and Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Matej Rogelj, Director of the Centre for International Cooperation of CCIS, and Pawel Pietrasienski, Head of the American delegation and director of the Department for International Trade in the office of the Governor of the state of Nevada. The conference featured presentations by Vid Habjan, Head of Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Department at SPIRIT Slovenija, Ajša Vodnik, CEO of AmCham Slovenia, and Karmen Novarlič, Head of Business Communication Department at the Slovenian Tourist Board.
Later on, attendees from Slovenia and America met for individual business talks. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology held a separate meeting with Head of the American delegation Pawel Pietrasienski and Dijana Mitrovic, both from the office of the Governor of the state of Nevada.
The event Nevada - Slovenia Business Delegation was organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, SPIRIT Slovenia Public Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, AmCham Slovenia, and the US Embassy in Slovenia.
The state of Nevada and Slovenia thus established the foundations for future closer cooperation of businesses from both countries.