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Slovak Export Forum 2017

On Wednesday 21 June, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the SR L. Parízek, the CEO of SARIO R. Šimončic and the CEO of EXIMBANKA SR D. Keketi opened the historically first Export Forum within the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the SR. The Export Forum has the ambition to link the potential of the Slovak business diplomacy with the needs of the Slovak businesses.

Exporters could schedule  meetings with selected professionals operating in more than 50 countries in the world in one day and one place and discuss their business plans with them. The benefit of the event for the attendants was particularly the personal contact with economic diplomats, obtaining detailed information on business opportunities in selected countries, trade, investment opportunities and tenders, information about commercial practices,  services for the support of business activities abroad and presentation of business plans, current projects and needs within the territories.

Exportné fórum 2017

As stated by Lukáš Parízek, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the SR: “The role of the diplomacy is providing support to the Slovak businesses abroad, the SARIO agency helps us with the organisation of business delegations and EXIMBANKA SR has instruments for financing certain specific projects. We efficiently link the activities of government institutions and business sector”.

The CEO of EXIMBANKA SR asked the economic diplomats for active cooperation and stated that EXIMBANKA SR as the only direct instrument of official export credit support can help the Slovak exporters of goods and services by wide range of its insurance products, financing of export credits and investments abroad or by issuing guarantees. He also pointed out, that during 20 years of its existence EXIMBANKA SR supported the Slovak export in the volume of more than EUR 41 billion in more than 70 countries worldwide.

138 representatives of firms from industry, agriculture, services and trade and 62 economic diplomats from around the world met at the Export Forum. More than 500 meetings were held between the government officials and businesses, more than 90 bilateral meetings were planed over the next two days. This new format represents an innovative approach to more efficient economic diplomacy.

On the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the SR, in the Business Centre section, is published an official call of the State Secretary Lukáš Parízek for businesses to be actively involved in process of cooperation. “Indicate your interest in countries with the potential for the Slovak export and we will consider inclusion of the specific destinations to the plan of foreign business trips. At the same time, our business missions are open to the delegation and create possibilities for the business support in the relevant country,” concluded Lukáš Parízek.

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