Slovenia, located in central Europe, has expressed its desire to work with Indian MSMEs. A delegation led by Radovan Zerjav, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Republic of Slovenia, met K H Muniyappa, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME, on Tuesday in New Delhi.
Zerjav expressed his gratitude and discussed the issues of MSME sector. He further expressed his keenness in collaborating with Indian MSMEs in various areas like energy, energy efficient houses, automotive industry, technical solutions in IT sector, mechanical engineering and tourism.
He also said that Slovenia is a member of European Union and can offer a gateway to the Indian MSMEs for whole of Europe.
Muniyappa while welcoming the visiting dignitaries said, “India and Slovenia enjoy very warm and friendly relations and this has been further cemented by regular exchange of high level/ministerial visits between both the countries. Bilateral trade between India and Slovenia has been growing steadily over the years.”
“The stable democracy and vibrant economy of Slovenia would provide tremendous opportunities for Indian MSMEs to export their products and also access other European markets on account of Slovenia, being a member of the European Union. It would also be worthwhile to explore whether some of the Indian SMEs could also invest in Slovenia on account of its geo-strategic location and low-risk business environment,” Muniyappa added.
The minister also said that both countries should explore the possibility of entering into a MoU for strengthening cooperation in the MSME sector. The MoU would provide a platform for both the sides to hold continuous and meaningful dialogues on issues concerning the MSME sector for the benefit of MSMEs in both countries.