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Slovenian-Bulgarian Business Commission Meets

Sofia, 04 April (STA) - The Slovenian-Bulgarian commission for economic cooperation is meeting in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on Monday to review the current situation and look for ways to boost business ties. Its members will also attend an IT conference, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

On the first day of the two-day meeting, the commission will discuss trade, investment, IT, agriculture and transport and cooperation between the Slovenian Agency for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments (JAPTI) and the fellow Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA).

On Tuesday, the Slovenian and Bulgarian chambers of commerce, JAPTI and the Sofia-based Slovenian-Bulgarian business club will host a conference of the IT sector, featuring representatives of Slovenian IT firms. The event aims at boosting cooperation in e-administration.

The conference will be co-chaired by Vladimir Gasparic, the head of the Slovenian Foreign Ministry's Directorate for Economic Diplomacy and Development Cooperation, and Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Evgeni Angelov.

Trade between Slovenia and Bulgaria stood at EUR 130.8m in the first six months of 2010, and amounted to EUR 171m in 2009. Trade between the countries peaked in 2007, standing at EUR 345.9m.

Slovenia exports to Bulgaria mostly pharmaceuticals, while it imports from the country primarily boilers, machines and mechanical devices.

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