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State Secretary Dr Raščan on a working visit to Bratislava discussing possibilities to enhance economic cooperation

State Secretary Stanislav Raščan is paying a working visit to Bratislava to talk about strengthening economic cooperation between Slovenia and Slovakia. He met with Lucia Kišš, Director General for Economic and Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

Slovak and Slovenian delegations sitting at the table, Lucia Kišš and Stanislav Raščan in the middle

State Secretary Dr Raščan in a meeting with Lucia Kišš, Director General for Economic and Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

Slovakia is an important foreign trading partner of Slovenia, as reflected in the long-standing growth in all areas of economic cooperation. With its stable economic and political environment, strategic geographical location, good telecommunications infrastructure, a highly skilled and adaptable workforce and high labour productivity accompanied by favourable labour costs, Slovakia boasts a powerful potential for growth.

The two officials highlighted e-mobility, the automotive industry and its innovations (in cooperation with startups), cooperation on green and circular economy and related eco-management of waste and waste water treatment, cooperation on information and communication technologies (ICT), smart technologies and specialisation, and the development of artificial intelligence (AI) as interesting areas with opportunities to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation. They also stressed the significance of the Port of Koper, which is one of the most strategically important ports for Slovakia.

They went on to discuss the cooperation between Slovenia and Slovakia as part of the 16+ 1 initiative, touched on the cooperation with China and the collaboration within the Three Seas Initiative (3SI). They advocated the implementation of economic consultations between the two foreign ministries, to be held this autumn.