Dubai – MENA Herald: Slovenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Technology will commence its first ‘Trade and Investment Mission’ to the United Arab Emirates today, 21 September 2016, by holding a number of high level government and private business meetings, seminars and events with the UAE’s political and commercial elite. The mission is significant not only as it is the first such mission from Slovenia to visit the UAE, but for its size, which includes over 80 Slovenian industry and government leaders, representing almost 50 companies across 6 economic sectors, making it the largest Slovenian trade mission of its kind to GCC.

The initiative, led by the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology His Excellency Zdravko Počivalšek, will commence with an invitation only “I FEEL SLOVENIA EVENING” at the St. Regis Dubai on the evening of 21 September 2016, followed by a “UAE – SLOVENIA SEMINAR” to be held at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce on 22 September 2016. Seminar highlights will include a special address by His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, a keynote speech by the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology His Excellency Zdravko Počivalšek, and presentations by the Director General of the Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak, the Director of SPIRIT Slovenia (the Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Foreign Investments and Technology) Gorazd Mihelič, and other Slovenian and Dubai commercial leaders. Following the seminar Slovenian delegates and the UAE’s business leaders will assemble for individual business meetings, including a business workshop specifically for the UAE’s leading travel agencies and Slovenian tourism sector partners.

Commenting on this historic occasion His Excellency Zdravko Počivalšek, Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology noted: “This being the largest such business and trade delegation from Slovenia to GCC signifies the importance, commitment and expectations that Slovenia’s business elites have in building strong political, commercial and trade ties with the government and business leaders of the United Arab Emirates. Slovenia is a green, active, healthy, safe and smart land. We value these principles which have become the cornerstone of our tourism, technological, commercial and trade offering to the world. Just like the UAE we have a very clear vision for our future and we see this mission as the beginning of newly deepened bright and mutually beneficial relationship with the UAE.”

Chief Executive Offices and Directors from around 50 leading Slovenian companies are present in the delegation representing companies from various sectors including; Agriculture and Food Processing, the Electro Industry, Information and Communication Technologies, Interior Design, Engineering, and the largest participating sector with 24 companies, Tourism.

Slovenia is a world leader in sustainable development, signified by the country’s capital Ljubljana being awarded 2016 European Green Capital and demonstrated by Global Green Destinations Day, which will take place in Slovenia later this year. Slovenia is awarded as the fifth greenest country in the world while the country is also ranked as the 10th safest country in world based on the Global Peace Index 2016. Slovenia is also known as a country with clean environment, healthy lifestyle and rich with natural water. In fact, Slovenia has one of the cleanest waters in Europe and has 87 natural thermal and mineral water springs with 14 certified natural health resorts.