On November 25-26, 2013 the eleventh session of the Belarus-Slovakia Joint Committee on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Bratislava.
The regional office of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) together with the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SOPK) in Banska Bystrica prepared business mission in cooperation with the Representative Office of the Slovak Republic in Helsinki and the City of Banska Bystrica to its Partnership Finnish city of Jyväskylä from 20th to 23rd of November 2013.
On November 20, 2013, The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized in collaboration with Sberbank and company Rosatom, the partners of the event, the seventh year its biggest event in Slovakia for export promotion - Slovak Matchmaking Fair. This event offers an opportunity for small businesses to find new partners and export business opportunities abroad.
MFEA SR, 06.11.2013
On November 6, 2013 Business forum and bilateral meetings of Slovak and Bulgarian companies took place at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) promoted Slovakia on 22 – 24 October 2013 during the Slovak Investment Roadshow in Japan 2013 co-organized with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Tokyo.
On October 30, 2013 the 1st Meeting of the joint Slovak - Hungarian Commission for economic cooperation to further strengthen bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, focusing on strengthening cooperation between the southern regions of Slovakia and northern regions of Hungary.
On October 16, 2013 ISA in cooperation with Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), Trenkwalder a. s. and Košice region organized the first of a series of workshops on the topic "Flexible, professional and educated workforce in the region - the system measures between schools and employers."
Banská Bystrica, 11.11.2013
The representatives of the regional office of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in Banska Bystrica on October 22, 2013 accompanied the visit of the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of Ascoli - Piceno and the Development Agency Picenopromozione from Italy.
International Economic Forum 'Globalization and Integration: Challenges and Decisions' took place with the participation of President of Ukraine Viktor YANUKOVYCH and Head of Lviv Regional
State Administration Viktor SHEMCHUK on October 10 - 12, 2013 with the participation of 12 countries of the EU and beyond, members of the Eastern European governments, politicians, financiers, international trade experts to discuss strategic issues of development of Ukraine in the context of globalization and international integration.
SARIO, Bratislava, 14.10.2013
Tomáš Malatinský, the Minister of Economy of the SR opened the Economic Forum organized by the Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) on the occasion of the visit of the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen . The event was an opportunity to establish new business contacts, mutual trade and economic cooperation with potential partners from Sri Lanka and become familiar with the investment environment in both countries .
On September 19-20th 2013, the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in cooperation with its partner JETRO Vienna organized a two day program for 45 participants of a Japanese business mission to Slovakia.
A new plant of the German group Carcoustics was officially opened in Nováky. The plant will produce thermal isolation solutions for the passenger cars and later its portfolio should include also polyurethane products. The investment is expected to create approximately 250 new jobs.
The regional branch of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in cooperation with the Regional branch of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SOPK), both located in Banska Bystrica, have organised Trade Mission of Slovak companies to Romania. The Trade Mission took its place between September 18 -21 2013 in the town of Salonta in the north-western Romania. The main aim of this mission was to enhance existing and establish new economic relations between the two countries.
Pejing, China, 01.10.2013
SARIO in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in China and the Chinese Trade Promotion Agency TDB held on 26 September 2013 in Beijing business forum which formed a part of the 10th meeting of the Joint Slovak-Chinese Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.
A series of successful meetings organized by the Agency for Investment and Trade Development ProMéxico in Central and Eastern Europe continued by the Bilateral Business summit in Bratislava on 22nd to 24th September 2013, which was organized in partnership with the Slovak Investment and Trade Development (SARIO).
SARIO, Bratislava, 26.09.2013
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency ( SARIO ) in cooperation with renowned partners launched a project designed for Slovak entrepreneurs called Misia14 | Made in Slovakia 2014. The main objective of this project is to support small and medium-sized companies in their efforts to break through to the global market with their products and services .
Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 25.09.2013
On September 23, 2013 the First Mongolian-Slovak business forum organized by SARIO organized in cooperation with the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce took place in Ulaanbaatar.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) organized on the 19th of September 2013 meeting of the governmental officials of the Slovak Republic, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and representatives of business communities from both countries to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Vietnam. Cooperation in the energy sector is very important for Slovakia mainly in the field of nuclear energy, where Slovakia has rich experience.
On September 24, 2013 the company AT&T organized a grand-opening ceremony on the occasion of newly reconstructed premises of its shared services center in Košice. The company currently employs 600 people and the number will be increased by 100 new positions by the end of 2014. The overall number of employees in Bratislava and Košice will then reach up to 3000.
On September 4th Swiss company Datamars located in Australia, Thailand, several countries of Europe and Latin America officially opened its first Slovak subsidiary in Luzianky, in the Nitra region.
The 48th meeting of the members of the Manufacturers Association of Medical Equipment "MOMT" was held on November 11, 2013 . This meeting provided an opportunity for Slovak entrepreneurs to introduce their production to Russian producers and also find new cooperation opportunities.
On August 22 – 25, 2013 the representatives of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) attended the 40th international agriculture and food exhibition AGROKOMPLEX. The event, held under the auspices of Lubomir Jahnatek , the Minister of Agriculture of the SR, has presented more than 450 exhibitors of agricultural machinery, garden equipment and technologies for crop and livestock production and feed industry from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, Serbia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Great Britain, Russia and other countries.
Current issue of SARIO newsletter brings information on Slovaks being the 10th most hardworking nation in the world according OECD chart. You can also read about Slovak pessimism, find invitation to the 7th Slovak Matchmaking fair and news on announced investments and jobs in Žilina, Kysuce and Orava regions.
On July 16, 2013 SARIO agency in collaboration with the Embassy of Kenya organized a meeting with a business delegation from Kenya, which took place on the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce.
On July 11, 2013, after a 7-year-long hiatus a session of the Indo-Slovak mixed commission took place in the Bôrik Hotel. In addition to intergovernmental negotiations, B2B meetings were organized between Indian and Slovak companies under the auspices of SARIO.
On July 10, 2013, SARIO in cooperation with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in SR organized the first joint Seminar of Sino-Slovak Enterprises.
The seminar was attended by the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Slovakia, H.E. Pan Weifang, General Director of the Economic Cooperation Division MFEA SR Mrs.Repčeková, and Chairman of the Sino-Slovak Chamber of Commerce, Mr.Paulen.
On 28.06.2013 Nigerian-Slovak Business and Investment Forum (BIF) was held in Bratislava. Forum focused on bilateral negotiations between Nigerian and Slovak entrepreneurs for the purpose of establishing business cooperation.
On June 17-20, 2013, SARIO representatives together with a delegation of 7 Slovak companies participated at the 22nd international exhibition of electrical equipment, power and electrical engineering, automation and industrial lighting - Elektro Moscow 2013.
The 1st International Annual Business Conference “ABC: Ukraine & Partners” took place on June 13 – 14, 2013 in Kyiv with the participation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and other members of Ukrainian Government. A wide range of governmental representatives, business and academia, financial, banking and investment institutions, diplomatic missions and media were invited to the conference. Slovak Republic was represented by H.E. Ambassador of Slovak Republic in Ukraine, P. Hamžík, Economic Diplomat, Soňa Krajčová, First Secretary, P. Chrobák and Head of Foreign Trade Department of SARIO, T. Buček.
On June 10-13, 2013 the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation and a business mission organized by SARIO took place in Astana. The event was attended by 28 Slovak companies willing to develop their relations with Kazakhstan.
On June 10, 2013 during the 5th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Serbia Economic Forum held in Belgrade bilateral talks of Slovak and Serbian companies, which were organized by the Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO), Slovak Atlantic Commission and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce of Serbia.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) received 1st place in the ranking “Global Best to Invest 2012” in the region of Eastern Europe by Site Selection magazine.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic held on 6 June 2013 Slovak-Ukrainian business forum in Bratislava.
On the 28th and 29th of May, 2013 the Slovak Investment and Trade Development agency (SARIO) had participated at the Korea Overseas Investment Fair (KOIF 2013) in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The fair was organized by the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in partnership with BIC Bratislava, coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network in Slovakia, organized the "4th International Engineering Cooperation Day - Engineering 2013 “, which was an official event of “The 20th International Engineering Fair“ in the exhibition center Agrokomplex, Nitra.
The Prime Minister of the SR Robert Fico attended inspection day at the Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO). The governmental delegation also included Miroslav Lajčák, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Tomáš Malatinský, the Minister of Economy of the SR. At the meeting the Agency's management presented the achievements and contribution of agency to the economy of the SR, current strategy and direction of SARIO for 2013.
On April 30, 2013 the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized seminar "Promoting investment and employment in the regions" at the Ministry of Economy of the SR. The seminar was intended for representatives of municipalities as well as companies operating in the Slovak Republic.
On April 23, 2013 investment seminar "Invest in Slovakia" aimed to promote further development of economic and trade relations between the Slovakia and Belgium took place on the premises of the Embassy of the SR in Brussels, Belgium. The event was organized by the Slovak embassy in Brussels in collaboration with Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) and Belgian legal and consulting company E-S Partners. The seminar presented Slovakia as an attractive country for investment and trade cooperation and was attended by over 30 Belgian businessmen.
BIC Bratislava, the coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network in Slovakia, in cooperation with the SARIO Agency organized on April 24, 2013 AutoDay 2013, an international meeting of Slovak and foreign companies from the automotive sector in the Slovak Center of Scientific and Technical Information.
On April 16 - 18, 2013 the Dutch city of Eindhoven hosted the second annual “Nation Branding & Investment Expo 2013“. The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) took the opportunity to present the advantages of Slovak investment environment and trade opportunities with Slovak companies.
Lyon, France, 24.04.2013
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) promoted Slovakia on April 16, 2013 during the International Forum held in Lyon, France, organized by the Rhône-Alpes International Chamber of Commerce (CCI).
On April 12, 2013 the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) actively participated on the "Safely in times of crisis" conference, held in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference was organized on behalf of Poland, currently the presidency country of the Visegrad (V4), by the Embassy of Poland in Nicosia. The aim was to attract the attention of Cypriot companies to investment opportunities in the V4 region. In the opening panel, investment environments of all V4 countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) were introduced. The event was attended by about 80 representatives of Cypriot companies and associations.
Slovak Trade and Investment Development Agency (SARIO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy of the SR and Slovak embassy in Hanoi organized the 1st session of the Intergovernmental Slovak-Vietnamese Commission for Economic Cooperation in Hanoi, Vietnam and on the occasion also the Business Forum focused on Slovak export support. Slovak delegation was led by Pavol Pavlis, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the SR.
In the period from April 7 – 12, 2013 Pavol Čobirka, SARIO Project SARIO, represented the SR on a business trip in the southern Caucasus. Business mission, meetings and negotiations with government representatives and partner organization took place in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in order to open doors for Slovak companies in this territory.
On March 25, 2013 the representatives of SARIO on behalf of the invitation from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Switzerland actively participated in the investment seminar organized by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in the city of Lugano. They presented Slovakia as a potential business location not only for Swiss but as well as Italian investments.
Chinese entrepreneurs during SARIO´s investment seminars held in March 2013 in three Chinese cities shown great interest in funding specific projects of Slovak companies. Chances would be given especially to projects in various fields - from engineering, automotive, electrical energy through renewable resources and investments to innovations.
On March 26, 2013 SARIO organized on the grounds the Ministry of Economy of the SR workshop dedicated to the topic of start-ups in Slovakia. The purpose of this event was to stimulate the debate on the promotion of young innovative firms in the scope of state and public administration as a part of broader start-up ecosystem.
On March 19, 2013, Roman Sabo, Head of Investment Projects Department of SARIO attended the prestigious Debate Forum of daily Hospodárske noviny (HN) on the topic inflow and realization of investment projects in Trenčín Region. Other participants in the discussion included Richard Rybníček, Mayor of Trencin, Ján Václav, Director of Trenčín Regional Chamber, Milan Šesták, Director of Emerson, a. s. and Peter Vavro, Editor-in-Chief of HN.
On the March 5, 2013 took place in Banska Bystrica a business breakfast organized by the Investment Support Association (ISA) in cooperation SARIO, consulting company PwC and AmCham. The key topic was Current calls of the EU Structural Funds.
The 16th session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation between the Slovak Republic and the Russian Federation took place in Moscow on March 4 and 5, 2013. Official 20 members delegation was led by Miroslav Lajcak, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Committee and co-chair of the commission. Co-chair of the commission for the Russian party is Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
On February 27, 2013, in Beijing the first from a series of investment seminars in China took place in order to present to potential Chinese investors the investment opportunities and business environment in Slovakia. The events were prepared by the Embassy of the SR in Beijing, in cooperation with SARIO and Slovak-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
On February 15, 2013 Robert Šimončič, CEO SARIO attended the prestigious discussion forum of Daily Hospodárske noviny with the topic Russian investments in Slovakia and Slovak investments in Russia. Sergey Gorki, Vice Chairman of Sberbank of Russia and Štefan Rosina, President of Matador group discussed this hot topic with him in Bratislava.
On February 6th, 2013 Slovak-Turkish Business Forum was held in Bratislava on the occasion of the official visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey to Slovakia. The event, attended by more than 130 Slovak and almost 100 Turkish companies, have been focused particularly on strengthening the trade cooperation between the two countries.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) organized the first major event for Slovak companies in this year - Export Forum 2013. The conference was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the SR with the main topic of the state support for exporters, and tools to support the foreign trade of Slovak companies.
On January 22, 2013, the conference dedicated to the promotion of the largest export-import event in China - Canton Fair, took place in Bratislava. The conference was prepared by the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in collaboration with the Chinese Foreign Trade Centre and the Economic Counsellor Office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Slovakia.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) had a successful 2012. Despite the global economic crisis, SARIO project managers are currently working on 76 investment projects with the potential to create 16 - 20 thousands new jobs.
The January issue of our newsletter contains information about prediction of economic growth in Slovakia in 2013. Among other news, you can read about the first foreign representative office of SARIO agency in Indonesia and about the international conference "Košice/Prešov Invest 2012".
We are looking forward to help you also next year.
Tomáš Malatinský, the Minister of Economy of the SR opened the first foreign representative office of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) on December 10, 2012 in Jakarta. The official opening ceremony was part of a working visit to the Republic of Indonesia, and as well it is one of the first steps in implementing a new strategy of foreign trade to support export of Slovak companies.
On December 5, 2012, the representatives of SARIO participated in the 9th Slovak-Polish Economic Forum, which took place in Spišská Nová Ves under the auspices of the Ambassador of the Polish Republic to Slovakia, H.E. Andrzej Krawczyk and the Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Pavol Paška. The Forum was organized by the Tatry Region Association with headquarters in Kežmarok.
American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia in cooperation with SARIO organized on December 4th, 2012 in Košice, the fourth annual international investment conference Košice - Prešov Invest 2012. The focus of the event was mainly to present new topics and updates on business in Slovakia to established and potential investors.
On November 28, 2012 SARIO in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia and the Investment Support Association (ISA) organized in Bratislava business breakfast named "SARIO - Your partner in Slovakia." The target audience were mainly established companies from the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.
Pro-export Services Department of SARIO agency in cooperation with the Slovak Embassy in China organized last week in Bratislava the first Slovak - Chinese B2B meeting. It was unique opportunity for 10 Slovak and 15 Chinese companies to meet and discuss possible cooperation.
Ivan Gasparovic, President of the Slovak Republic was during his official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (20 to 22 November 2012) which was organized by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in The Hague, accompanied by Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the SR, Tomáš Malatinský, Minister of Economy of the SR and representatives of SARIO and Slovak innovative companies together with Slovak scientific research community.
Slovakia and Israel want to cooperate in research and development in private sector. This is the conclusion of business mission organized by Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO).
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized this week in Nitra already for the 6th year its annual biggest event with the aim to promote export possibilities – The 6th Slovak Matchmaking Fair. This event offers a unique possibility for small and medium enterprises to find export and business opportunities abroad.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission “Business Friendly Slovakia” which aims at Slovakia´s nation branding, promotion of its business environment and FDI attraction. SARIO organized a business mission to Israel taking place on November 11-13, 2012. The delegation of Slovak businessmen, who have prepared a series of trade negotiations, will be headed by the Tomáš Malatinský, the Minister of Economy of the SR, Robert Simoncic, SARIO CEO and their teams.
The November issue of our newsletter contains information about approved tax breaks for 10 companies, new jobs, as well as a new possible project of VW Slovakia. Among other news, you can read about cooperation options with Russian and Norwegian companies and about our upcomming events – Tme 6th Slovak Matchmaking fair and the international conference "Košice/Prešov Invest 2012"
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) has moved to new premises.
Since November 5, 2012 you are welcomed at our offices at Trnavská cesta 100, 821 01 Bratislava, Omnipolis building, 8th floor.
SOPK in cooperation with SARIO organized on 30. November 2012 business seminar where the possibilities of the Slovak export were introduced to the Korean importers.
The event "Business across borders" organized the premises of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Stavanger on October 16, 2012 presented Slovak economy with the focus on promoting the development of trade relations and investment of Norwegian businesses in Slovakia. It was organized by the Chamber of Commerce in Stavanger, in cooperation with the Embassies of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and the Slovak Republic.
SARIO representatives attended exhibition Vienna-tec. The Slovak day was as a part of the exhibition.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) got a chance to introduce itself in front of representatives of the largest electrical companies in the world. SARIO have become the partner of a two-day training conference “International Electronics Forum 2012".
The current issue of our newsletter contains information about new jobs, talks about Spotlight Singapore 2012, the event SARIO co organized and which brought us very positive feedback. As for upcoming projects - we give attention to the approaching end of the registration for the 6th Slovak Matchmaking fair, which will be held on November 13 and 14, 2012 in Nitra and will provide space for bilateral negotiations of Slovak and foreign companies.
During the "Week of International Business" the seminar "Slovakia and Slovenia - so close and interesting business partners" was held in Kortenberg, Belgium on 3 October 2012.
This event was organized by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgium together with the Flemish Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry VOKA, the Flemish Agency for Investment and Trade FIT (Flanders Investment & Trade) and the support SARIO.
At the end of September 2012 SARIO agency presented itself to the participants of the international conference "Shared Services Centers 2012" in Barcelona.
On September 24-25, 2012 Bratislava and selected locations in Slovakia hosted the group of young Singaporean entrepreneurs within the Spotlight Singapore event. Delegation of more than 120 people got over an interesting and busy schedule with the goal of learning the most about our country, culture and business environment.
SARIO project managers attended the 54th International Engineering Fair (MSV) 2012 in Brno, the largest industrial trade fair in Central Europe.
More than 250,000 square meters of logistics, industrial and office premises will be available to investors in the Easter Slovakia thanks to the Immmopark Slovakia Kosice, which is an important investment in the region. Martina Holecová, Head of Regional Offices Section of SARIO together with the Mayor of Košice Richard Rasi, Tomáš Velemínský (CEO of Erste Group Immorent CR0 and Peter Malik (Erste Group Immorent Slovakia), attended the opening ceremony of the first hall of Immopark Košice.
On the occasion of the visit of the Minister of Trade of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Moses Wetang'ula in Slovakia, Foreign Trade Section of SARIO organized Slovak-Kenyan Business Forum.
Following the framework of the Sectoral Operational Programme Industry and Services (SOP I&S), 15 investment-ready sites were established in the process of industrial park project implementation in the Slovak Republic. These sites have the necessary infrastructure for establishment of domestic and foreign investors, also coming from among of small and medium enterprises.
SARIO(Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency) has been assigned a task by the Ministry of Economy of Slovak republic to assist with finding a strong investor for a company Slovglass
Poltar. s.r.o., currently in bankruptcy. Therefore we are kindly offering you the following brief information on the subject. Should you be interested or require more information you are kindly encouraged to do so via contact details stated at the end of this document.
This issue brings you not only up-to-date economic and investment news but this time also interesting article about Russian entrepreneurs who sought business partners in Slovakia moreover story how Vietnam get inspired by us in the area of water management. We wish you pleasant and useful reading.
Last week Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized a meeting of the Vietnamese Delegation with representatives of Slovak state institutions and enterprises. The Vietnamese Delegation met not only with SARIO representatives but also representatives of the Ministry of Environment of the SR and Vodohospodarska vystavba. The Delegation consisted of Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and other high ranking officials of Viet Nam National Mekong Committee.
SARIO in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Moscow and the Ministry of Economy of Slovak Republic organized on July 18, 2012 a meeting with the business mission from Astrakhan region of Russian Federation, which aimed to provide opportunity for Slovak and Astrakhan companies to establish new business contacts and cooperation.
This issue brings you not only up-to-date economic and investment news but this time also interesting article about successful investment seminar in Zürich, Switzerland moreover business stories from Asia –SARIO presented the business potential of Slovakia there, what are Asian entrepreneurs interested in?
We wish you pleasant and useful reading.
From June 26 till June 29, 2012 SARIO representatives participated at the international cooperation event Futurallia 2012 which was held in French town Lille. The event was visited by 600 businesses from 30 countries and was organized by CCI INTERNATIONAL DE FRANCE NORD.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) promoted our country this week in Switzerland. SARIO successfully organized an investment seminar in Zurich to promote the friendly business environment of Slovakia within the Swiss companies, banks and other institutions. The seminar brought altogether the attention of 60 participants.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) promotes our country this week in Japan. Slovakia is presented as an investment destination during the official visit of the President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gasparovic.
On June 21, 2012 The Investment Support Associaton – ISA organised the networking event for entrepreneurs – ISA Business Coctail.
On June 24-27, 2012 the business mission of Palestinian entrepreneurs took place in Slovakia. The mission was organized by the Embassy of the SR in Israel in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce in Bethlehem, the Ministry of Economy of the SR, SARIO and Trnava Regional Chamber. The mission followed up a similar event held in Palestinian Bethlehem in March 2012.
From June 18- 20, 2012 the conference “Euro-China Business Meeting Heilongjiang 2012“ took place in Harbin, the city in the Heilongjiang Province. Representatives of 50 European countries and 150 local businessmen and Heilongjiang Province government representatives accepted the invitation to participate at this event.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development agency (SARIO) has presented the Slovak investment and trade possibilities in Wales.
On June 15, 2012 the inauguration of a new plant of German company Behr GmbH & Co. KG for exhaust gas coolers and oil coolers for cars took place in Namestovo.
On June 14, 2012 the presentation of Slovakia as a top tourist and investment destination in the form of seminar with the tasting of Slovak delicacies took place on the premises of the Embassy of the SR in Copenhagen. Seminar was prepared by the Slovak Embassy in cooperation with the Confederation of Danish Industry and by the economically and with politically very influential Association of Former Members of the Royal Danish Guard.
This issue brings you not only up-to-date economic and investment news but this time also interesting articles about investment roadshow in Spain, success of Slovak companies in Russia moreover hot news from the start-up community.
We wish you pleasant and useful reading.
Slovak firms have regained the opportunity to succeed in the IT industry Mecca – the U.S. Thanks to the "Slovak Start-Up Development Program" of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) supported by the Ministry of Economy of the SR, 4 more innovative companies will get the opportunity to participate in an internship in Silicon Valley.
During first week of June project managers of SARIO assisted in organizing a visit of the new Economic & Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of the People´s Republic of China in the Slovak Republic and his staff to the Eastern part of Slovakia.
6th Slovak-Indonesian Business Forum - meeting of Slovak and Indonesian entrepreneurs (June 12, 2012, Radisson SAS Carlton in Bratislava) was co-organized by the Embassies of Slovakia and Indonesia as a part of this visit. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs participated at the Slovak-Indonesian business forum as well.
SARIO, at the General Assembly of the Association of Electro-technical Industry of the Slovak Republic (ZEP SR), introduced its newly established Corporate Development Department and activities of the Foreign Trade Section intending to increase the export of Slovak producers
One of the biggest exhibition fairs in the Russian Federation entitled "METALLOOBRABOTKA 2012 took place in Expocentre Moscow from May 28 to June 1, 2012.
First round of the spring selection of Slovak Start-up Development Program is over. The expert jury has evaluated 24 proposals and picked 10 projects that will compete for places in the Plug and Play Technology Center in Silicon Valley.
Other Slovak innovative companies can go to USA. Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) continues to search for companies to stay in the center of IT industry Silicon Valley. Slovak Start-up Development Program of SARIO caused a stir among young entrepreneurs. 24 innovative projects applied for the internship at a prestigious business incubator.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) has a role to promote the development of the Slovak economy. It is not only carried out through foreign direct investment but also through the support of small and medium enterprises in search of export and trade opportunities abroad.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to promote Slovakia among foreign investors. One of its representatives participated on a business trip to the United States of America.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) organized a business trip to Spain to present Slovakia as an investment destination. The chain of investment seminars "Business friendly Slovakia" continued in Catalonian Barcelona, the 2nd largest city in Spain, and in Madrid, the capital of Spain.
Last week potential Slovak entrepreneurs and inovators had the chance to meet joint team of SARIO and Neulogy at several universities and technology centers as part of information campaign to the Slovak Start-up Development Program (SSDP). The goal was to lecture and discuss about innovative entrepreneurship and support of innovation in Slovakia.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) organized a business trip to Spain to present Slovakia as an investment destination. Slovak road show in Spain started in Bilbao with investment seminar "Business friendly Slovakia" and visit of the Scientific and Technological Park of Bizkaia.
In less than a month, the SARIO agency will be selecting a new batch of innovative companies to join the Slovak Start-up Development Program. The four selected projects or companies will get an opportunity to take part in a three-month program in California’s Silicon Valley. The first two companies will depart in July and, assisted by a number of experienced and successful entrepreneurs, will continue to develop their projects and search for investors in the global hub of innovative business.
SARIO mission to Taiwan was completed in Taipei by investment seminars "Invest in the EU" and "Business Friendly Slovakia" and meeting with the Vice President of AU Optronics.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) represents our country in Taiwan. SARIO in cooperation with the Slovak Cultural and Economic Office in Taipei, Taiwan launched a mission to acquire new investments for Slovakia. The goal is also to strengthen relationships with established Taiwanese investors.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) launches a campaign to support Slovak companies. This campaign should fight the myth that state is supporting only foreign companies. SARIO does not only attract foreign investments, especially to disadvantaged areas; the agency supports companies already operating in Slovakia, helps with their planned expansion, export promotion and research and development activities.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) organized a trip to the USA to present Slovakia as an investment destination. Its representatives visited Silicon Valley and Dallas. In Silicon Valley they attended the opening of the Slovak pavilion, where also the winners of the Slovak Start Up Development Program are stationed. SARIO representatives viewed innovative pavilions of other countries that use the different models to support research and development.
State Agency is negotiating with dozens of investors; interest is growing year on year.
"Maybe if the situation in the euro zone was good, we might be registering twice as many projects. We can feel the crisis in investors’ decision-making, "says Šimončič.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to attract foreign investors. Its representatives will participate at the investment seminar in Dallas and opening of the Slovak pavilion in Silicon Valley. This trip is a part of the SARIO´s project “Business Friendly Slovakia” which aims to present Slovakia and establish contacts with new potential investors.
This year the growth of Slovak economy might be even bigger than the 1.6% presented some time ago by Finance Minister Ivan Miklos. According to HN information, the latest estimates of the Ministry of Finance show growth of around 2%, which would greatly alleviate the need for the cuts for new Slovak Government.
Winners of Start-up Awards share with us their impressions of Silicon Valley
Preliminary estimate of Slovak GDP in Q4 2011 released on February 15, 2012 by the Statistics Office brought pleasant surprise.
While some of them already have some experience, others are just setting out on their careers. But they see three months in Silicon Valley as a great chance to meet investors and mentors, as well as other young entrepreneurs from around the globe. The Slovak Spectator spoke with SARIO and representatives of the companies that won the inaugural year of the Startup Awards which is synergistically linked to SARIO´s Slovak Start-up Development Program.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) is reaching its target – to place incoming foreign investments to regions with high unemployment rate. Most of the completed projects so far are directed towards disadvantaged regions. The regions of Presov, Trencin, Banska Bystrica, Zilina and Nitra will receive majority of them.
Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) has had a successful 2011. According to SARIO´s statistics the investment volume in comparison with the last year it increased 4-fold and 2-fold increase was observed in the number of new jobs.
Investment Support Association (ISA) has organized first Business Breakfast on „Investment Environment in Slovakia“. The key speakers of the first Business Breakfast were the Minister of Economy Juraj Miskov and CEO SARIO Robert Simoncic. The ISA Breakfast was attended by established companies from Bratislava and Trnava region.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to attract foreign investors. The Agency in cooperation with the Embassy of the SR to Israel and the Israeli-Slovak Chamber of Commerce prepared an investment seminar and a series of trade negotiations. SARIO was represented by Robert Simoncic, SARIO CEO, Andrea Gulova, the Deputy CEO and the Head of the FDI Section as well as several project managers of SARIO.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 a First Investment Seminar on Slovakia took place in the State of Israel. Aim of the event was to strengthen cooperation between Israel and the Slovak Republic in the field of potential investments and to introduce the Slovak business environment and its possibilities.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized a series of business meetings in the State of Israel from the 27th of November till 1st of December 2011. Due to Israel being highly developed in the field of technology and science, it belongs to the strategic target countries of Slovakia.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to attract foreign investors. Its representatives participate on a business trip to Israel. Investment seminars are organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Slovakia in Israel and the Israeli-Slovak Chamber of Commerce.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized in Žilina the 5th Slovak Matchmaking Fair. The Fair was organized by SARIO under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the SR in cooperation with the Žilina Self-governing Region and Serbia was the partner country. The Fair is the annual event which aims to promote Slovak companies in order to export products and services.
Slovak firms have the option to win recognition in the Mecca of IT industry in the U.S. Thanks to the "Start Up Development Program" of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) and the support of the Ministry of Economy four innovative companies have a chance in the first round to participate in an internship in Silicon Valley.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to attract foreign investors and to strengthen trade relations. The representatives of the Business Development Department participated in the investment seminar in Copenhagen.
On Tuesday, 15th of November, the Slovak investment and trade development agency (SARIO) organized a seminar about the latest legislative and business updates influencing the business environment. The event was first from the series, this time taking place in Nitra for established investors of this region.
Slovak start-up development program of SARIO and competition Startup Awards provoked uproar among young entrepreneurs. Over 37 innovative projects applied for the chance to get the internship at the prestigious business incubator.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) launched a project called “Start up Development Program” to help Slovak companies to succeed in IT technologies. Eight companies that will succeed in the competition will go for an internship in Silicon Valley in the U.S.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to attract foreign investors and to strengthen trade relations. Andrea Gulová, the Deputy CEO of SARIO and the Head of SARIO FDI Section participates on a business trip to the Republic of Indonesia and the Philippines. This trip is a part of the official visit of Ivan Gasparovic, the President of the Slovak Republic to the south-east Asian countries.
Slovak Investment and Development Agency (SARIO) presented our country in Sweden. The trip was attended by the State Secretary of Ministry of Economy Kristian Takac and Lucia Guzlejova from the Section of Foreign Direct Investment of SARIO.
The Slovak investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) represented our country in the Czech Republic today. In cooperation with the Investment Support Association the agency organized an investment seminar at the International Engineering Fair in Brno.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) co-organized a trip for businessmen of Federation of Finnish Technology Industries to Slovakia. The members of this Federation are important Finnish companies operating not only in Finland but also having their offices abroad.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) continues its mission to attract foreign investors. Its representative participated on a business trip to the United States of America.
The third day of investment roadshow in Germany was marked by the automotive industry. Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) presented our country at the automotive symposium in Frankfurt / Main.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) has organized during the roadshow in Germany an investment seminar for Japanese businessmen. The agency presented Slovakia within the project Business Friendly Slovakia, e.g. the advantages of the Slovak business environment, new plans to eliminate administrative burdens, investment opportunities in Slovakia, its labor-market potential as well as the current changes in labor legislation and constantly evolving infrastructure.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) will present our country in the Federal Republic of Germany. SARIO in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the SR prepared a series of investment seminars and individual meetings. This road show focuses on presenting Slovakia through the project “Business Friendly Slovakia“ and establishing contacts with new potential investors...
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) will get closer to the investors. The agency is reinforcing its support to the investors. Since the expansions of established foreign companies form one third of the total volume of its projects and this trend of growing expansions share in the total number of finished projects will be increasing.
The international rating agency Moody's has changed the outlook of Slovak banks to stable from negative.
On August 4th the American company operating the largest internet store in the world Amazon.com, Inc. has opened its Seller Support Center in Bratislava, Slovakia.
SARIO has had a succesful first half of 2011. Compared with the first half of 2010, SARIO managed to attract more foreign investments to Slovakia according to all indicators: the number of projects, volume of the investments and the creation of new jobs.
Directors of companies from the Province of Shandong are interested in the future cooperation in the area of petrochemical and pharmaceutical industry.
On 29th June 2011 the second from the series of information seminars called „Can Your Company Qualify For Structural Funds Call on Innovation?“took place in Košice.
On June, 24 2011 Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO) organized at its premises in Bratislava a press conference with key topics:
1. improving the Slovak business environment
2. New SARIO: job creation and technology development
3. ISA: a platform for investor support.
SARIO gladly accepted the invitation and prepared a presentation about hot topic - planned changes in the area of investment aid.
The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Copenhagen organised the networking event with the aim to introduce Slovakia as a top investment destination.
Košice, Prešov, 30.05.2011
Representatives of the Slovak investment and trade development agency (SARIO) are attending a visit of the Kosice and Presov self-governing regions, which SARIO organizes on the 30th and 31st of May 2011 for His Excellency Seok Soong SEO, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Slovakia, members of the Korean Embassy and professionals working in Slovakia from the Korean Republic...
Bratislava, Lozorno, Trenčín, 18.05.2011
The representatives of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) accompanied H. E. Theodore Sedgwick, the Ambassador of the US during his official program while visiting Johnson Controls, company which ranks among global elite in the field of diversified technology and industry and operates in Slovak automotive industry since 1993...
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) received 1st place in the ranking “Global Best to Invest 2010” in the region of Eastern Europe by Site Selection magazine...
Andrea Gulová, Deputy CEO of SARIO presented Slovakia as the ideal business and investment destination to the representatives of National Defense College (NDC) from India during their official visit to the Ministry of Defense of the SR...
The representatives of Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) took part at the opening ceremony of Belgian company Bekaert plant expansion. This company is one of the largest producers of steel wire and tire cords for cars and truck tires. Iveta Radičová, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic participated at this event together with Kristián Takáč, the Deputy Minister of Economy of the SR, Anton Szabó, the Mayor of Sladkovičovo and the top management of Bekaert company...
The Grand Opening Celebration of the Dutch company Inalfa Roof Systems in Krakovany (district Piešťany), a new plant for the manufacturing of automobile roof systems was attended by H.E. Daphne Bergsma, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Slovakia, Robert Šimončič, the CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), Remo Cicutto, the Mayor of Piešťany and Vladimir Mihálik, the Mayor of Krakovany...
Singapore, 19.-, 20.04.2011
Investment seminar in Singapore which closed the investment road show of the Ministry of Economy of the SR, SARIO agency and Slovak businessmen in Asia received attention from local media...
Investment seminar in Singapore closed investment road show of the Ministry of Economy of the SR, SARIO and representatives of business community in Asia. The Ambassador of Singapore for Slovakia Jennie Chua prepared this event. First Slovak investment seminar in Singapore has opened opportunities to strengthen mutual trade exchange stressing production cooperation, creation of joint ventures, investment support and cooperation in R&D...
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in cooperation with the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has organized the Slovak – Vietnamese Business Forum taking place on the premises of the Chamber in Hanoi...
New Delhi, 14.04.2011
The last investment seminar of the agency SARIO in India was organized in cooperation with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) took place on 13.4.2011 with the participation of 20 Indian company representatives...
New Delhi, 13.04.2011
Already second investment seminar organised by SARIO during the official business trip to India took place on 12.4.2011 with cooperation with FISME (Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) in the Slovakian Embassy premises in New Delhi...
New Delhi, 12.04.2011
After finishing the first one from the series of investment seminars during the business trip of the Minister of Economy of the SR to India, Andrea Gulova, Deputy CEO of SARIO visited, together with the Slovak businessmen that are part of the official delegation, premises of NOIDA Special Economic Zone (NSEZ)...
New Delhi, 12.04.2011
SARIO representatives take part in the official delegation of the Minister of Economy of the SR during his business trip in India. Slovak mission is supported by investment seminars prepared by SARIO in the cooperation with Indian partner and professional associations...
“Competitive Regions 21“ is the name of the project that analyzes in complexity the competitive advantages and disadvantages of the business environment of all Slovak districts.
Analysis, based on the methodology of index and rankings of the World Economic Forum, was prepared by the Business Alliance of Slovakia (PAS) – Professional association connecting businessmen and employers...
Foreign investors in Slovakia are leaving the crisis behind. According to the poll organized by foreign chambers of commerce in Slovakia among 166 European companies, its participants expect better business. 39% of addressed companies will accept new employees...
The last seminar from the Invest in Slovakia series organized by the agency SARIO and the Ministry of Economy of the SR in the USA took place in the city of Chicago...
Menlo Park (Silicon Valley & San Francisco area), 07.03.2011
The third Invest in Slovakia seminar took place in the IT cradle of the USA with the aim to attract companies’ attention exactly from this sector...
New York, 03.03.2011
The second Invest in Slovakia seminar within the US road show organized by SARIO and the Ministry of Economy of the SR took place in New York City. The event was opened by Peter Burian, the Ambassador of the SR to the USA, followed by a speech by Juraj Miskov, the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic.
Washington DC, 01.03.2011
The Ministry of Economy of the SR in cooperation with SARIO has officially launched the investments seminars within the Invest in Slovakia road show in the USA. Washington DC was the first stop, and it will be followed by New York, San Francisco and Chicago. The goal of the seminar is to present Slovakia, the good quality of its business environment and openness towards new investments, especially in progressively and rapidly evolving areas.
On December 3rd 2010 Juraj Miškov, Minister of Economy of the SR appointed Ing. Róbert Šimončič, CSc., to the position of new Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency. He will replace Ing. Andrea Gulová, whose assignment of SARIO CEO ended on December 6th, 2010.
Iasi (Romania), 29. -, 30.11.2010
Vladimir Svac, Strategic Development Manager of SARIO and Štefan Chudoba, Director of the Automobile Cluster Western Slovakia took part at the 5th meeting of project partners which was a part of the international project AUTOCLUSTERS focused on creation of the first cooperation and innovation network for the automotive industry in the South Eastern Europe Region.
Prešov Self-governing Region in the cooperation with the Embassy of the SR in Norway and the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized business mission of Norwegian companies in Prešov.
Slovak investment seminars have already established tradition. The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Japan and Slovak Investment and Trade Development (SARIO), in cooperation with Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) have prepared already third seminar that took place in Tokyo.
The representatives of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency participated at the Slovak – Cyprus Business Forum which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the occasion of the visit of the President of Cyprus in Slovakia. The event was prepared in the cooperation with the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency CIPA.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) was the main organizer of the event under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy of the SR - the 4th Matchmaking Fair in Nitra on November 9-10, 2010. This event, organized in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of France in Slovakia, French-Slovak Chamber of Commerce, Nitra Self-governing Region, City of Nitra, Agroinstitute Nitra and other partners, is the useful tool of fulfilling Slovak pro-export policy and in the same time it is the only event of this kind in Slovakia.
Baghdad (Iraq), 1. -, 10.11.2010
Slovak company BOST SK, a.s., Trenčín, supported by the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) and civic association EAST (Export Alliance for Strategic Technologies), presented its activities at the 37th Baghdad International Fair as the only company from the Central European countries.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) as the partner of the China Investment Forum 8.-10.11.2010 in Prague, participated in the event, which aim is to become a continuous platform actively supporting economic dialog, investment flow and trade development between Europe and China by connecting representatives of both sides and providing first-hand information.
Havana, Mexico City (Cuba, Mexico), 1.11. -, 05.11.2010
Andrea Gulova, assigned Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) was a member of the Slovak delegation under the auspices of the Slovak Ministry of Economy in Cuba. Aim of the mission was to evaluate the implementation of tasks deriving from the First council of the inter-governmental commission of the SR and Cuban Republic, and to prepare the second council meeting taking place in 2011 in Bratislava.
Hsinchu (Taiwan), 26.10.2010
How to create a successful technology park and support R&D? This was the discussion topic of Andrea Gulova, SARIO Chief Executive Officer with Randy T. M. Yen, the Administration Director of Hsinchu Science Park during her visit of Taiwan. The SARIO representatives had furthermore the opportunity to see the Taiwanese solutions in real life...
Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan), 25.10.2010
Project Manager of the Department of Strategy and Strategic projects Alexander Skurla presented to local organizations and business subjects current potential of Slovak economy, prospects of mutual relations development as well as the interest of Slovak companies in cooperation in this territory.
Bled (Slovenia), 20.-, 21.10.2010
Timea Nemesová, FDI Section Project Manager of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) participated at WAIPA Focus Meeting: “IPA's Perfomance Measurement”, focusing on all important issues of measuring the performance of investment promotion agencies. The main organizers of the meeting included the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments - JAPTI and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies - WAIPA...
H. E. Ambassador of Estonia in Vienna with pre accreditation for the Slovak Republic Eve-Kulli Kala visited on 21st of October 2010 the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) aiming to start closer cooperation and open doors for export and investment activities on both sides....
Lucia Guzlejova, Director of SARIO Foreign Direct Investment Section and Patricia Zacikova, Director of SARIO Foreign Trade Section welcomed on the premises of the agency Romanian delegation of 16 guests headed by Florin-Ioan ROŞU, the Director of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, ...
Vladimir Svac, SARIO Strategic Development Manager, participated at the international conference Košice Invest 2010 organized under the auspices of the Prime Minister Iveta Radičova. The main organizers of this event were: City of Košice and American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia. The aim of this
Cardiff (UK), 19.10.2010
Timea Balazova, FDI Project Manager of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) participated at the event in Cardiff, UK aiming to promote Slovakia as an ideal business and investment environment...
Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 15.10.2010
On October 13th 2010 the Investment seminar on Slovak business environment organized by the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) organized together with the Slovak Cultural and Economic Office in Taipei (SEKÚ). All SARIO seminars were also supported by the Taiwanese companies TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and SIECA (Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association).
On 14th of October 2010 the Slovak – Belarusian round table in cooperation with OBEO Minsk and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the SR took place on the premises of SARIO agency with the aim to establish new contacts between Slovak and Belarusian businessmen.
Kiev, Krym, 05.10. -, 08.10.2010
Mrs. Andrea Gulova, Assigned CEO of SARIO, took part as the member of the delegation during the official visit of the President of the SR Mr. Ivan Gasparovic in Ukraine. The aim of this visit was to support bilateral relations and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the Slovak Republic. Ukrainian - Slovak business forum, a part of the presidential visit, took place in Kiev and the representatives of both chambers of commerce – Mr. Viktor Yanovsky, first Vice-President of Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Matus Murajda, Head of the Slovak business delegation and Member of Board of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Mr. Otto Kovchar, Chairman of the Ukrainian-Slovak Business Council – gave their speeches. Mrs. Andrea Gulová, Assigned CEO of SARIO, presented Slovak investment and economic environment and stressed the advantages of Slovak economy. The President of SR Mr. Ivan Gasparovic and the President of Ukraine Mr. Viktor Yanukovic together gave key note speeches and closed this event. Mr. Gasparovic in his speech valued the fact that Slovakia through our businessmen invested in Ukraine over 50 million EUR and he expressed his belief that mutual economic and business cooperation with Ukraine will improve to the benefit of both countries in the near future.
The Minister of Economy of Ukraine Mr. Vasil Tsushko met with Mrs. Andrea Gulova, Assigned CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) during her visit to Ukraine and to this meeting he also invited the representatives of other government agencies and institutions:
Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine, The State Agency for Investment and Development of Ukraine
Taipei, Taiwan, 12.10.2010
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency together with the Slovak Cultural and Economic Office in Taipei on October 13 – 18, 2010 organize series of investment seminars in three economic centers in Taiwan.
Andrea Gulova, Assigned Chief Executive Officer of SARIO together with Miroslava Hospodarova, Project Manager of FDI Section, SARIO took part at several meetings with the representatives of state institutions in capital city Taipei, Taiwan.
The Minister of Economy of Ukraine Mr. Vasil Petrovic Tsushko met with Mrs. Andrea Gulova, Assigned CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) during the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Slovak – Ukrainian Commission.
Trencin company BOST SK organized, with the support of the Slovak Trade and Investment Development Agency (SARIO), first export of classical metal working machinery and electro centers to Iraq. This successful business is the result of long term cooperation in the field of education technicians from ...
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) joined social networks Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin a YouTube.
H. E. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in the SR Seok-soong SEO met with Mrs. Andrea GULOVA, Assigned CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency and during the meeting he was interested mainly in the opportunities of barrier limitation for Korean companies already established in Slovakia or those interested in investing here.
Phnom Penh, 08.09.2010
In Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, the Minister of Economy and Construction of the SR Mr. Juraj Miskov and the Minsiter of Trade of Cambodia Mr. Ch. Prasidh participated in the opening of the Slovak - Cambodian Business Forum./
The Business Seminar on trade and economic cooperation was organized as a part of the presidential visit of Macao with the participation of the Secretary of the Minister of Economy and Finance of Macao Mr. Francis Tam and the Minister of Economy and Construction of the SR Juraj Miskov; as well as with the participation of Slovak businessmen and the representatives of business subjects from Macao and the Chambers of Commerce active in this territory.
Hong Kong, 07.09.2010
Mrs. Andrea Gulova, Assigned CEO of SARIO, being an official member of the delegation of the Minister of Economy and Construction of the SR Mr. Juraj Miskov, took part at the meeting with the Vice Minister for Trade and Economic Development of Hong Kong Mrs. Yvonne Choi Ying-pik.
Mrs. Andrea Gulova, assigned CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) , during her ten-days Asia business trip in the company of the Minister of Economy and Construction of the SR Mr. Juraj Miskov and as a member of the official delegation of the President of the SR in Shanghai, took part at several business meetings. ...
Minister of Economy and Construction of the Slovak Republic Mr. Juraj Miškov recalled Mr. Robert Šimončič from his position of the Assigned Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO). In the same time the Minister temporarily designated to the position Ms. Andrea Gulová, since 2009 the director of the foreign direct investment section of SARIO agency. She has worked in SARIO since 2004. Andrea Gulová will temporarily run the agency SARIO until the new Chief Executive Officer will be selected in an official tender.
New York, 02.08.2010
The Commercial and Economic Section of the Ministry of Economy and Construction of the SR (OBEO MHV SR) has the profile on the social network Facebook under the name: Embassy of Slovakia to the U.S. - Commercial & Economic Section in New York.
The introduction of the boss of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) Robert Simoncic took place at the presence of the President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Michael Smyth, the Executive Director of AmCham Jake Slegers and other members of the Chamber. This event was connected with the discussion on the topic: “How can Slovakia Boost its Investment Opportunities?” According to Mr Simoncic, SARIO first of all needs to define its clear position and competencies based on which it will be able to create its new strategy. In this context he also mentioned the importance of clarification and simplification of processes, for example in receiving state aid, and he also stressed the need of continuous improvement of the business environment. “Slovakia currently needs new jobs therefore their creation has to be in the focus of all our efforts“, said Rober Simoncic. The decisive factor in process of investment attraction is not the salary level but rather geographical location and the infrastructure development. „The key factor should not be the localization of the investment but rather the quality of conditions that the individual regions might offer“, said Mr. Simoncic and he added that the precondition of the success is the effective communication with the regional administration and municipalities. He also said that in his opinion the role of specialization and sector targeting, especially R&D or high value added sectors would continually grow. While attracting foreign investors it is necessary to think about domestic investors as well, since they play an important part in the development of local capital. As for the aim of FDI attraction, SARIO plans to focus as well on the needs of established investors as well. Besides the new FDI influx, SARIO aims in its strategy to focus on satisfying the needs of established investors. Since for the Slovak economy are important not only the investors that came through SARIO, but all investors; the next task of the agency will be to map all implemented investment projects in Slovakia: “It is necessary in order to flexibly react to the current investors needs and help them in their possible expansion,“ said Robert Simoncic. To achieve these new goals and finish all tasks, SARIO will need strong and responsible partners as chambers of commerce, universities, self-governing regions, municipalities, clusters etc., which will provide necessary feedback.
Business mission of the representatives of Dutch aviation industry with the active participation of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency took place on the premises of the company Letecke opravovne Trencin, a.s., (LOTN). The representatives of aviation association NAG from Holland and the representatives of its member companies met with SARIO representatives, top management of LOTN, the representatives of Trencin City, Trencin Self-governing Region, University of Alexander Dubcek in Trencin and Slovak business subjects. The bilateral negotiations of Slovak and Dutch companies and organizations followed in program after the presentations of all subjects. These negotiations should mark the beginning of future cooperation in aviation industry between Slovakia and Holland.
SARIO Assigned Chief Executive Robert Simoncic signed the Memorandum of Cooperation with the Chairman of the Self-Governing Region Banska Bystrica Vladimír Maňka.
Saint Petersburg, 19.06.2010
International Economic Forum that traditionally creates platform for presentations, exchange of experiences and negotiations of the business and state spheres took place in Saint Petersburg on 17. – 19. June 2010.
Banja Luka, 16.06.2010
On the invitation of the Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia – Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RS), the business mission of the Slovak companies to Banja Luka took place on June 14 – 16 2010. The business mission was prepared by the SARIO agency in cooperation with the Embassy of the SR in Sarajevo, Cabinet of the Chairman of the Parliament of the RS, Ministry for economic relations and regional cooperation of the RS and the Economic Chamber of the RS.
Oslo, Norway, 10.06.2010
The Slovak Trade and Investment Development Agency prepared together with the Embassy of the SR in Norway and German – Norwegian Chamber of Commerce the Norwegian – Slovak Business Forum. SARIO agency was represented by Mr. Juraj Haško who presented business and investment environment of the Slovak Republic focusing on the export of Slovak products to Norway as well as on attracting more Norwegian investment into the Slovak republic.
Mr. Juraj Kiesel has been recalled by the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic Mr. Lubomir Jahnatek from his position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO). In the same time the Minister of Economy declared Mr. Robert Simoncic Assigned Chief Executive Officer of SARIO.
Juraj Kiesel is currently preparing for his activities in the diplomatic service.
SARIO and BIC Bratislava organized on the premises of Exhibition Area AGROKOMPLEX, Nitra International Machinery Cooperation Day – Engineering 2010, the accompanying event of the 17th International Machinery Fair. 137 companies accepted invitation to the International Machinery Cooperation Day – Engineering 2010, out of these 93 were Slovak and 44 from abroad (from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Great Britain).
The Cooperation Agreement between SARIO and the University of Economics in Bratislava has been signed by SARIO CEO Mr. Juraj Kiesel and the Rector of the University of Economics in Bratislava Mr. Rudolf Sivak.
Juraj Kiesel, SARIO Chief Executive Officer signed in the premises of the Embassy of France in Bratislava the agreement that makes France the partnership country for the 4th Slovak Matchmaking Fair in Nitra.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency in cooperation with the representative office of the Slovak Republic in Belgium and the OBEO of the Ministry of Economy of the SR in Brussels organized the participation of the representatives of Slovak universities and research institutions at Business Meets research Forum, Luxembourg.
“Slovakia is returning to the economic growth at relatively healthy levels,“ said economist of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Pier Carlo Padoan in the meeting with the Prime Minister Robert Fico. OECD, just like the European Commission, envisions Slovakia in 2010 among the countries with the highest economic growth in the EU.
The economic forum focusing on introduction of Slovakia as a country suitable for the foreign investment took place on the occasion of the official opening of the Honorary Consulate of Slovakia in Dallas, Texas.
On the occasion of the World EXPO Shanghai 2010 the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency SARIO in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the SR (MHSR), and companies CHINACONTACT Co. Ltd., and SEBA Ltd. - Sino European Business Agency Limited organized investment seminar with the participation of 67 Chinese companies.
Dallas (USA), 03.05.2010
The representatives of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) participated at the official opening of the Honorary Consulate of Slovakia in Dallas, Texas on 3 May 2010. The new Honorary Consul of Slovakia to Texas is Mr. Martin Valko, an attorney and a representative of the immigration law firm Chavez & Valko, LLP.
As a part of the second meeting of the Slovak-Indonesian intergovernmental commission (MVK) for the economic cooperation in Bratislava, the accompanying Slovak-Indonesian Business Forum with the participation of 12 Indonesian companies and 24 Slovak business subjects took place. This event was based on 30 coordinated bilateral meetings.The Business Forum had been organized by the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency SARIO and SOPK Bratislava Office in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the SR and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
International Machinery Fair took place on April 19 – 23 2010 in Hannover, Germany. The partnership country of the fair was Italy. Although the transportation collapse of the international aviation transport had the impact on the representation of the companies, it did not hinder the importance and quality of this event that was the showcase of traditional industries connected with machinery dominated by the alternative options of hybrid engines, use and new trends in wind, thermo and electric energy, use of alternative materials in machinery (ceramics, tempered plastics etc.) as well as the latest trends in nanotechnology, automatization and development of machines.
The representatives of the strategic development of the Slovak Television have presented the project of the satellite broadcasting focused on the image of Slovakia abroad to the top representatives of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency.
Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency Mr.Juraj Kiesel participated at the groundbreaking ceremony of AU Optronics Corporation (AUO) in Trencin. The Minister of Economy of the SR Mr. Lubomir Jahnatek; Vice President of Global MFG Planning, AUO Mr. Fred Hsieh; Mayor of Trencin Mr. Branislav Celler; the representatives of local government and municipalities as well as the representatives of Parliament and Government took part at this event.
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency proudly presents “Life in Slovakia”, a specialized information material published for the very first time. “Life in Slovakia” is designed not only to introduce Slovakia as a country of opportunity, but also to provide useful legal, cultural, and social information for potential as well as current investors and expatriate managers living in Slovakia.
The project’s aim is to develop the network of existing SME facilities together with R&D or universities in automotive industry. The purpose of the project is to realize second level clustering activities with objectives to increase innovation capacities, increase effectiveness of technology transfer – improve the innovation circle in automotive industry, and through the project clearly address the global objectives – facilitating innovation, knowledge economy and information society.
CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Organization Juraj Kiesel welcomed the Croatian delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Croatia Natasa Vujec and H. E. Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in the SR Tomislav Car.
The demonstration of new investment and economic environment presentation options of the SR connected with the reveal of new work methods of SARIO agency with the investors and regions based on the new SARIO web site took place with participating representatives of the Ministry of Economy of the SR (MH SR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the SR (MZV SR).
92 percent of foreign companies operating in Slovakia would repeat their investment intent also in current conditions – this is the outcome of the opinion poll conducted in 114 German, Austrian and French companies. Only six percent of the addressed companies consider ...
Based on the Memorandums on the cooperation of the Self-Governing Regions (VUC), the Slovak ...
SARIO Chief Executive Officer Juraj Kiesel and the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Spanish – Slovak Chamber of Commerce Francisco de la Sierra have signed the Memorandum on the Cooperation between both institutions.
With the aim to start much closer cooperation and to create room for the export and investment activities on both sides, H. E. Ambassador of Brazil in the SR Marília Sardenberg Zelner Goncalves visited the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency.
Following the Cooperation Protocol in the Field of Mining and Energy between the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia that was signed on December 3rd, 2009 in Beograd, the meeting of the ...
The CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency Mr. Juraj Kiesel participated at the celebration opening and launch of the solar power plant with the output of 445 kWp in Klucovec (Dunajska Streda region).
It is an initiation project from a series ...
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency took part at the Slovenian – Slovak Business Forum and business mission in port city of Koper during the official visit of the President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gasparovic and the Minister of the Economy of the SR ...
H. E. Ambassador of Israel Mr. Zeev Boker visited the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency in the company of the President of the Israel – Slovak Business Chamber Mr. David Hercky.
The visit of H. E. Ambassador of Israel followed up after the meeting of ...
After the successful event Investment & Cooperation Forum Slovakia 2010 through which the SARIO agency provided direct communication of the representatives of regional and municipal administration with the investors, the SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel offered a closer form ...
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency SARIO organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy the Investment and Cooperation Forum Slovakia 2010 (ICF Slovakia 2010). This event took place with the participation of the representatives of all 8 regions ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel took part at the audience of the H. E. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of t Saudi Arabia in the SR, Mansour bin Khalid Al Sauda at the Minister of Economy of the SR Lubomir Jahnatek.
From the countries of the ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel met with the President of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia, Mr. Glen Farrell to discuss the intensification of mutual relations.
“Looking at the numbers of the commerce exchange of Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland I have to admit ...
SARIO expressly refuses tendentious and biased declarations concerning business environment in the Slovak Republic. The Slovak economy was hit by the economic crisis just like the other, much stronger world economies (USA, EU, Japan...) and it consequently reflects into ...
As a part of its pro export activities, the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency SARIO supports establishment of presentation centers for Slovak business subjects in attractive territories with perspective of their penetration into the market. The opening of ...
Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency SARIO Juraj Kiesel met with His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Slovakia Michael Roberts who was accompanied by Peter Repka, the Head ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel met with the president of the Israel – Slovakia Chamber of Commerce David Hercky. The topic of discussion was cooperation in preparation of common Slovak – Israeli business and investment events. David Hercky proposed to organize business ...
The meeting of Mr. Segyan O. Botani, the new Iraqi chargé d´ affaires in Slovakia and SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel took place on the request of the new chargé d’ affaires.
The Iraqi guest was interested in the cooperation between the Slovak Republic and Iraq in the ...
CEO of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency Juraj Kiesel addressed a letter to all eight chairmen of the Self-Governing Regions and also to the mayors of the towns and the Association of Towns and Communities. This letter informs them about the forum that ...
On behalf of the SARIO CEO the Director of EU Structure Funds Section Anton Stredak recieved the Bulgarian delegation headed by the director of the partnership Bulgarian agency for investment, Stoyan Stalev and the Deputy to the Minister of the Economy, Energy and ...
According to SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel, the introduction of the Euro in Slovakia represents financial stability that is well perceived by foreign investors especially in the times of global economic crisis. “Many times the Euro in our country is the key factor for the ...
At the end of last year the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency organized, together with important Slovak companies, business mission to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russian Federation. Following this mission SARIO prepared coordination meeting of interested ...
The meeting on the solution concept for the use of available production capacities in Slovakia took place in SARIO at the participation of SARIO, Eximbank, Slovak Industry Association and Export Alliance for Strategic Technologies (EAST).
According to Ivan ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel welcomed new ambassador of the Korea Republic Seok-soong Seo. The meeting took place at the request of the new Ambassador who was interested in the activities of SARIO towards ...
Negotiations between the SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel and the delegation of Krasnodar county of the Russian Federation including the representatives of the "Bazovyj element" group of companies. The meeting ...
On the occasion of the official visit of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Minh Triet to Slovakia the Slovak Vietnamese Business Forum took place in Hotel Borik with about 80 Vietnamese and 100 Slovak business subjects, while SARIO agency ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel welcomed the delegation of Chinese businessmen and investors from Beijing from the field of infrastructure and development projects who participated on the construction of the ...
In the presence of SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel, the Honorary Consul of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Slovak Republic Mr. Stefan Ziak, the director of the Jordanian Slovak Business Center (JSBC) ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel signed the SARIO Cooperation Partner Agreement with Mr. Loris Colusso, representative of Slovakia Group s. r. o. This company focuses on complex company consulting and at the ...
SARIO Chief Executive Officer Mr. Juraj Kiesel attended the signing ceremony of the investment agreement with Taiwan company AU Optronics Corporation (AUO). The ceremony took place on the premises of ...
On December 2nd, 2009 SARIO in cooperation with Slovenian partnership agency JAPTI (the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments) organized ...
SARIO CEO Juraj Kiesel was invited to the opening ceremony of “System House” of German company Elastogran (BASF Group) in the industrial park Eurovalley in Malacky. The Deputy Prime Minister Dusan ...
SARIO Chief Executive Officer Juraj Kiesel attended the opening ceremony of the City Industrial and Technological Park Trnava (MPaTPT). He hammered the foundation stone together with the Minister of ...
SARIO in cooperation with Commercial Department of Slovak Embassy in Tokyo as well as Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) organizes Research ...
Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency and Slovak Chamber of Industry in the cooperation with the Ministry of the Economy of the Slovak Republic, the Embassy of the Vietnam Socialist ...
Chief Executive Officer of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency Juraj Kiesel received the visit of Mexican Ambassador Alejandro Díaz. The Ambassador was accompanied by Cristóbal ...
SARIO in the cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, SOPK in Regional Chamber and several Slovak companies took part on the sub contracting fair “MIDEST 2009” in Paris on ...
Official meeting of the representatives of New York financial community and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic took place on November 19th 2009. The organizer of the meeting was ...