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President Pahor: “The opening of the Slovenian market does not mean the end of Slovenia's sovereignty, but rather its beginning.”

Ljubljana, 17. 10. 2013 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, attended the official opening of the Investment and Development Conference ‘U.S.-Slovenia Business Bridge’, organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia (AmCham Slovenia), the Embassy of the United States to the Republic of Slovenia, and the Spirit Slovenia public agency. The aim of the conference was to enhance economic cooperation between the Republic of Slovenia and the United States of America, enable foreign investors to form closer ties with Slovenian partners, and help Slovenian companies that are already present on the American market or wish to enter it.

In his opening address, President Pahor assured the conference participants that the attitude to foreign investment has changed in recent years. “During my time as prime minister, I had great difficulty in convincing colleagues that the opening of the Slovenian market does not mean the end of Slovenia's sovereignty, but rather its beginning,” he told American and Slovenian businessmen. He called for the opening of the market and invited foreign investors to come to Slovenia, do business here, and open the door for others to follow.

“In the next five or ten years, Slovenia will change for the better dramatically. We have problems, but there are signs that the situation in Slovenia is slowly improving and that we are on the right track,” he said, announcing that he will strive to reach consensus within Slovenian political parties on how to return the economy to growth and get the country out of the current economic mire. “After five years of crisis, most people with whom I talk believe that we must pursue structural reforms,” he concluded.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, attended the official opening of the Investment and Development Conference ‘U.S.-Slovenia Business Bridge’