Visit of the Prime Minister Miro Cerar to the UAE. Strengthening of the Economic Cooperation between Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates
The Prime Minister of Slovenia Miro Cerar paid an official visit to the United Arab Emirates and participated in the World Government Summit in Dubai. During the visit, he met with the highest political leadership of the United Arab Emirates.
The World Government Summit has a reputation of a certain Dubai’s Davos Summit with the only difference being in that instead of economic topics, the issues of efficient governance at the level of governments and local authorities are considered of paramount importance. “About 7,000 delegates from all over the world exchange their experiences and views on the future in Dubai,” Luka Robida said in his interview to the Radio Slovenija.
UAE Is Interested in Slovenia
Nine Slovenian companies primarily representing the ICT sector are looking for commercial cooperation and access to the Arab market in Dubai. “On the first day of the visit, they visited the Dubai Technology Park,” Luka Robida added.
Within the framework of the World Government Summit, Miro Cerar met with the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. The meeting was timed to the 25th anniversary of Slovenia’s cooperation with UNESCO.
Then he also held meetings with the political leadership of the UAE: the Prime Minister and the Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of the Dubaj Expo 2020 Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. “The talks focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the economic sphere,” the Secretariat of the Prime Minister informed.
Miro Cerar stressed that Slovenia wanted to cooperate with the UAE mainly in the field of tourism, environmental technology, developments in ICT, renewable energy and the expansion of cooperation with the Luka Koper port. The UAE, in turn, is interested in cooperation in the field of education.
For subsequent several years, the UAE has been occupying the first place among the Middle East countries according to the volume of Slovenian exports, and the second place in terms of sales turnover, coming after Saudi Arabia. The cost of Slovenian investments in the UAE in 2015 amounted to 3 million euros, and the total value of direct investments of the UAE to Slovenia at the end of 2015 amounted to 18.2 million euros.