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Slovenian-US Business Forum to Boost Ties in Green Technology

Ljubljana, 02 July (STA) - Slovenian and US companies will look to establish ties in the area of green technology at a strategic business forum dubbed $Investing in Green$, taking place in New York on 24 September.

The event, which will also look to encourage investments in green technology, will be organised by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and the Slovenian Consulate General in New York.

Acting Consul-General to New York Melita Gabric said at a presentation of the forum in Ljubljana on Friday that investments in green technology were on a steep rise in New York. Slovenian companies have good innovations and technology which could be interesting for this environment, she added.

The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, which associates around 100,000 companies.

The chamber includes the Green Business Committee, which associates companies from the areas of green design, alternative energy sources, sustainable services and green funding, Gabric explained.

At the event, which is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Borut Pahor and Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar, companies will have the opportunity to establish ties as part of a networking breakfast and lunch.

The forum will feature special panels presenting good practices, while there will also be opportunities for bilateral meetings, Gabric said, adding that companies could apply for the forum until 26 July.

Vladimir Gasparic, the head of the Economic Diplomacy and Development Cooperation Directorate at the Foreign Ministry, said that the ministry was paying full attention to economic diplomacy, adding that ambassadors and economic advisers were helping Slovenian companies enter foreign markets.

The ministry plans to organise a forum also in Ohio, which would focus on renewables. The state of Ohio is the US centre of science ad technology, especially in energy, and is also the leading state in terms of renewables according to Petra Grilc of the Economy Ministry.

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