Slovenian IT Companies Expand Cooperation with Russia

Slovenia will expand cooperation with Russia in a number of information and communication technology fields, including 5G, information security, smart cities, and e-government. The participants of the 15th meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Slovenian Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation agreed on this issue. The event took place in Bled on 13–14 June 2019.

At the talks, the Russian delegation was headed by the Chairman of the Russian part of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC), the Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Konstantin Noskov. The Slovenian delegation was headed by the Chairman of the Slovenian part of the Commission, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Miroslav Cerar. The Russian delegation also included representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Energy, the Federal Mandatory Medical Insurance Fund, the Russian Embassy in Slovenia, Skoltech, IskraUralTEL, JSC, Russian Railways, Sberbank, and Rostelecom – about 30 people in total.

At the Commission meeting, the Slovenian side expressed interest in expanding Iskratel’s cooperation with Russia in developing technologies in security, optimization and digitalization of industrial processes, and transport using 5G. The ZITex Section of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, which unites Slovenian IT companies, is interested in developing cooperation with relevant Russian companies in the field of smart cities, switching to paperless documents and national registries.

The Slovenian side also sees opportunities for increasing cooperation in the so-called enabling technology. In addition, Slovenia expressed interest in participating in the Open Innovations Forum in October 2019 as a partner state.

During the IGC meeting, the parties exchanged information on the dynamics and trends of economic development in Slovenia and Russia and outlined promising areas of bilateral economic relations. In addition to traditional areas of cooperation, this includes energy conservation, modernization of the agriculture and food industry, health tourism, high technology and innovation, as well as joint access to the markets of third countries. In particular, the commission members agreed to extend the programme for implementation of important projects of Slovenian-Russian trade and economic cooperation with eight new projects in energy, science and research, health care and education.

It should be added that during the work of the commission, Konstantin Noskov and Miroslav Cerar met with representatives of the Slovenian business. In addition, during the visit to Slovenia, the Head of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of Russia visited the office of Iskratel.