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Slovenia Seeks to Attract Japanese Investors, Boost Trade

Ljubljana, 26 August (STA) - A presentation of investment opportunities in Slovenia will be staged in Germany's Düsseldorf in late September for the benefit of the Japanese business community there. The event will also be an opportunity to boost bilateral trade.

The conference is being organised by Slovenia's Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) in cooperation with the Japanese Embassy in Slovenia and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

The event will be held on 25 September at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Düsseldorf, which is home to the biggest Japanese business community in Europe, according to a press release from JAPTI.

Apart from Japanese companies with subsidiaries in Germany or Slovenia, the event will also feature Slovenian companies that Japanese businesses have shown interest to cooperate with.

JAPTI says the event is important for promotion of bilateral trade and investments. The participants are expected to include State Secretary at the Economic Development and Technology Ministry Uroš Rožič, who is to present key aspects of Slovenia's economic development.

JAPTI director Igor Plestenjak will present the Slovenian business and investment environment and incentives offered to foreign investors.

Japanese business officials will also hear a presentation of Slovenia's sole commercial port and its operator Luka Koper, the Slovenian automotive cluster as well as examples of Japanese companies successfully operating in Slovenia like Yaskawa and Astellas Pharma Adriatic.

The conference will hear addresses by Japanese Ambassador to Slovenia Toshimitsu Ishigure, the chairman of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Düsseldorf, Kozo Omae, and Takeshi Ito, director general of JETRO Vienna.

JETRO offers assistance to Slovenian companies wishing to enter the Japanese market and expand their operations there. Also presented will be the Slovenian-German Business Club.

JAPTI says the goal of the conference is aimed at promoting economic cooperation between the two countries and attract Japanese foreign investors.

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