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Chinese Business Reps Interested in Slovenian Wine, Transport

Ptuj, 23 September (STA) - A delegation of Chinese business representatives and officials from the Shenzhen port operator is visiting Slovenia this week, looking for new business opportunities here. While they are already cooperating with wine company Alps Wine, their hosts this week, they want to expand cooperation, especially in transport.

Delegation head Li Bing, CEO of the biggest port in south China Yantian, met representatives of Slovenian port operator Luka Koper on Monday, while the delegation is to visit the Maribor airport and aluminium producer Talum in Kidričevo on Wednesday.

Li Bing confirmed that they were looking for new business opportunities in Slovenia and did not hide the fact that they are particularly interested in investing in the Koper port.

According to Martin Gobec, CEO of Alps Wine, which is selling Slovenian wines in China, their guests are also open to new business ties in wine-making.

The Chinese delegation is to visit some of the Slovenian wine makers who are looking for strategic partners, including the Vipava wine cellar, one of the biggest Slovenian wineries, and the Zlati Grič winery in Slovenske Konjice.

Today the delegation was received in Ptuj by Mayor Štefan Čelan and Minister for Slovenians Abroad Gorazd Žmavc.

The minister highlighted that Slovenia was foremost interested in cooperation in transport and logistics, and in tourism, while Čelan pointed to Ptuj's geothermal resources, noting that the town was looking for partners in electricity, steam and air conditioning supply.

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