Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Slovenia plans to enhance trade and commerce ties with India and would issue visas to businessmen within five working days, Janez Premoze, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to India, said here on Wednesday.

Addressing the India Slovenia business forum, organised by the Consultative Committee of City Chambers of Commerce, he said “between India and Slovenia, we don’t have any open issues. We share democratic values and friendship. Our goal is to bring the two countries closer through discussions.”

A 12-member business delegation from Slovenia is in the city exploring business opportunities in logistics, tourism and other sectors. The delegates represent different sectors such as logistic services, telecommunication equipment and solutions, textiles, gardening and building tools, agricultural implements, hand tools and construction.

Milanka Jakopic, Secretary, Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for entrepreneurship and foreign investments (JAPTI), in her special address said “we export nearly 69 per cent of our produce to the European Union. We have started exploring emerging markets such India and it is a real challenge for us.”

Alenka Avbersek, executive director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, said that though some of the sectors were hit by recession, the bilateral trade between India and Slovenia was on the rise.

Despite recession, Slovenia presented investment opportunities in various sectors such as logistics, tourism, ICT, renewable energy, new materials and environmental technology among other sectors, she said.

M. Velmurugan, vice-chairman, Guidance Bureau said that Tamil Nadu and Slovenia had many similarities and common industries and it was time to explore them for mutual benefit.