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Pahor Launches Slovenian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce

Tel Aviv, 26 July (STA) - Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor launched in Tel Aviv on Tuesday a newly established Slovenian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, as part of his three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. He highlighted the importance of foreign investments for Slovenia.

"Slovenia is too small to finance such rapid development on its own" and must attract foreign investments, Pahor said, adding that Slovenia was trying to get strategic investors who do not plan only to profit quickly and leave.

He stressed that Slovenia was a politically, economically and socially stable country, offering opportunities for investments in many different fields, where Pahor pointed especially to tourism and invited the attendants of the launch to Slovenia.

Already at his working lunch with Israeli and Palestinian business representatives in Jerusalem today, Pahor noted that the planned withdrawal of the state from the economy in Slovenia was a great opportunity for foreign investors.

The head of the new chamber, Dror Dotan, of the Israeli investment group IDB meanwhile pointed out that although the chamber was set up only now due to red tape, its members had been active in promoting business relations between Slovenia and Israel before.

According to Dotan, the Slovenian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce will strive to provide favourable conditions for economic ties between the two countries and look for opportunities for cooperation, but it will also try to set up a direct airline link between Slovenia and Israel.

Slovenian Ambassador to Israel Boris Sovic pointed to the opportunities for Israel's economy in choosing the port of Koper as its gateway to the European market, which was also on the agenda of Pahor's talks with his Israeli counterpart Benyamin Netanyahu on Monday.

Sovic thus stressed that Israeli goods could reach their destination in Europe up to four or five days earlier through Koper compared to other European ports.

Pahor is to conclude his official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday, when he is scheduled to meet his Palestinian counterpart Salam Fayyad and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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