Novo Mesto Develops All-round Cooperation with the Russian City of Togliatti
From 5 to 9 June 2018, a delegation from Togliatti, led by the Mayor Sergei Antashev, paid an official visit to Novo Mesto. We are talking about the development of economic, cultural, sports, tourism and educational cooperation. As part of the business visit, the Russian delegation visited the headquarters of such companies as Arex, Krka and Adria Mobil, as well as Podbreznik, a business incubator operating within the structure of the Research, Development and Innovation Centre in Novo Mesto. In addition, Russian guests met with representatives of local business in the Chamber of Commerce of the Dolenjska and Bela Krajina regions.
As the Mayor of Novo Mesto, Gregor Macedoni, said, Togliatti and Novo Mesto have much in common. For example, Togliatti has a highly developed automotive industry – the AvtoVAZ Plant with a staff of 45 thousand people, the majority owner of which (like for Revoz from Novo Mesto) is Renault-Nissan. As added by Macedoni, one of the key positions at this enterprise is held by the former director of Revoz from Novo Mesto, Aleš Bratož. Togliatti effectively develops the business environment for foreign investment.
The parties, first of all, strive to develop economic cooperation. In particular, several companies from the Dolenjska region are striving to act as technology suppliers in the Samara region.
It should be noted that Novo Mesto and Togliatti have been developing friendly relations since 2011, and in September 2017, a cooperation agreement was signed between the two cities.