Ljubljana, 09 October (STA) - A delegation representing 15 Japanese companies is visiting Slovenia to explore business opportunities and Slovenia's business environment. The two-day visit will feature a business conference on Thursday, followed by visits to several Slovenian companies in the afternoon and on Friday.
The Japanese companies - all of which already have subsidiaries in Europe - expressed the wish to get to know more about Slovenia's automotive and ICT sectors.
The delegation will visit the Luka Koper port operator, Akrapovič exhaust systems maker, Revoz, a subsidiary of car maker Renault, and Yaskawa, the subsidiary of Japanese technology giant Yaskawa Electric.
The visit was organised by the SPIRIT national investment and tourism promotion agency, the Vienna branch of the Japanese External Trade Organisation JETRO and the Japanese embassy in Ljubljana.
Japan is an important distant market for Slovenian companies, with the trade growing consistently through the past years. Slovenia imported EUR 38.3m worth of goods and exported EUR 65.8m to Japan in 2013.
Sloexpo business data base shows that 131 Slovenian companies export to Japan, SPIRIT said in a press release.
Japanese investments in Slovenia amounted to EUR 39.8m at the end of 2013, while Slovenian FDI in Japan reached EUR 2.4m.