New perspectives of Romania – Slovenia cooperation after 25 years of diplomatic and economic relations
Publicat pe 27/11/2017
Bucharest, November 27th, 2017: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) organized, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Business Forum Romania – Slovenia, which took place on November 27th, 2017 at CCIR Business Center.
Mr. Lazăr Comănescu, the Counselor of the President of CCIR on Foreign Affairs said at the opening of the forum: “Today’s Forum is part of the economic diplomacy and I am convinced that it will make a real contribution to the economic cooperation between Slovenia and Romania. I think we have not yet reached the real potential of this bilateral relationship. (…) There are huge opportunities for Romanian and Slovenian businessmen to identify common projects. (…) It is extremely important that our governments offer their support in the efforts of business communities to capitalize on this potential of cooperation and I am sure that the presence here of the foreign ministers of the two countries is proof of the commitment made by the two governments to supports business communities”.
Mr. Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the forum that: “the trade between the two countries is increasing. Since 2009 both exports and imports have steadily increased, with a volume of exchanges of 773 million Euros last year (…) Our statistics show that there are 233 Slovenian companies in Romania and only 80 Romanian companies operating in Slovenia, and this demonstrates a great imminence, which is why I encourage my colleagues to do their best to correct these figures in the future, comparable to the potential that exists, these figures are really small.”
Mr. Ante Milevoj, Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, welcomed the CCIR initiative of the Romanian-Slovenia Business Forum organization and presented the stage of trade relations between the two countries: “The good news is that the Slovenian economy is in excellent shape. Next year, we expect a 4.5% economic growth, the main engines of our economy are based on industry, but especially on exports (…) If we pay attention to the statistics, there are thousands of Slovenian companies doing business in Romania, some present here at this seminar. Today, we are looking for new opportunities to support the existing ones.” Mr. Ante Milevoj stressed in the Forum that the EU remains the main business partner of Slovenia, a context in which “business in this area is leading to increased competitiveness and national welfare. Romania is one of the main business partners in this EU internal area for our country, therefore, lets exploit this maximum potential”, added the Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.
Mr. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, mentioned the underlying issues of good cooperation between the two states: “Romania-Slovenia bilateral relations are good, based on cooperation and friendship. (…) Taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU by Romania at the beginning of 2019 will facilitate new opportunities for the intensification of the cooperation relations between our countries. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries, and today the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia celebrates 10 years since the opening of the diplomatic representation in Bucharest. All this is evidence that there is a solid basis for the development of future bilateral relations. Many of the Slovenian companies see a large market in Romania with great potential.”
The Slovenian delegation, headed by the Slovenian Foreign Minister, is composed of relevant companies in areas such as defense, agriculture, metallurgy, IT, communications, logistics, or the production of plastics for the automotive and household industries.
Currently, the turnover of trade between Romania and Slovenia is around 700 million Euros.
70% of Slovenia’s area is covered by forests, leaving little land for agricultural purposes. Romania’s surface is 11 times larger than that of Slovenia, so our country is becoming an area of interest for Slovenian agricultural investors.
The 25 years of diplomatic cooperation, recalled in Mr. Karl Erjavec’s speech, were marked by the opening of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Republic of Slovenia, which took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on June 22nd, 2017.