ABU DHABI, 3rd October / WAM / His Excellency Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, met with His Excellency Zdravko Pokivalsek, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia, on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 Dubai, and they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral economic relations and enhance the flow of trade between the two countries. The two friends.
The two ministers stressed the importance of following up on the implementation of the work plans and cooperation programs that were approved in the recent joint economic committee between the two countries to facilitate and develop the volume of intra-regional trade and to double the import and export movement in vital sectors during the coming period, especially in the fields of medicine, food and beverages, iron and steel, electrical appliances, real estate and construction activities, as well. Read steps to diversify quality and future investments in vital sectors, including tourism, aviation, technology, entrepreneurship, and agricultural technology.
His Excellency Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri stressed the strength of the economic partnership between the two countries, stressing the importance of the progress made in framing aspects of joint economic cooperation through the recent convening of the Joint Economic Committee and the signing of a number of important agreements, as non-oil trade grew by 16% during the first half of the year. This year 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, indicating the UAE’s keenness to move to new levels of cooperation with Slovenia in many other vital sectors, such as tourism, small and medium enterprises, technology, research and development, intellectual property and entrepreneurship, to benefit from the strong industrial base that Slovenia has it in many sectors.
His Excellency indicated that he is confident that the efforts made by both sides will contribute to opening wider horizons for cooperation during the next stage, which will be reflected in the increase in the volume of trade exchanges and the strengthening of the presence of UAE exports in the Slovenian markets, as well as the development of trade and investment partnerships in quantity and quality between the UAE business community and its Slovenian counterpart.
His Excellency reviewed the new advantages and incentives provided by the business environment in the UAE with the launch of the fifty projects and the enhancement of openness and flexibility in its economic environment and its trade and investment policies, and allowing foreign investors to own companies by 100%, stressing the importance of working to achieve the greatest possible benefit from the opportunities available in the two countries’ markets and the strategic location of each From them, the UAE represents a vital trade gateway for Slovenian industries to enter the Asian and Middle Eastern markets, while Slovenia is a prominent destination in Eastern Europe.
For his part, His Excellency Zdravko Pokivalsik stressed his country’s keenness to consolidate economic cooperation with the UAE and develop their partnership to more advanced horizons in all development sectors of common interest, especially areas related to the digital economy, which open up broader horizons for future partnerships at the level of government institutions and the private sector, expressing He expressed his hopes to hold a joint economic forum between the two countries in conjunction with Slovenia’s celebration of its National Day next February on the sidelines of Expo 2020 Dubai, pointing to his country’s active participation in the Expo, where its pavilion organizes more than 11 conferences and business forums during the period of the exhibition.
The two sides agreed on the importance of continuing coordination and dialogue during the next stage to expand areas of cooperation and open direct channels of communication between the UAE private sector and its Slovenian counterpart, in order to achieve the development aspirations of the two countries.