The benefits of foreign direct investment can be higher output and jobs, transfer of technology, knowledge and expertise from foreign multinational companies, as well as development for the whole city or region. What can we learn from the experience of Manchester, the 2nd largest British city? How can Maribor benefit from the recent foreign investment? What does the future trade relationship between the EU and the UK mean in terms of investment from the UK to Slovenia and vice versa?
This Tea with Reason event, organised by the British Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and The Slovenia Times answered the above questions and many more.
The event took place on Wednesday, 28 March at 8.30am at Hotel Habakuk, Turner hall, Maribor.
8.30-9.00 Tea, breakfast & networking
9.00-9.30 Round table: “EU Exit: Future Trade Partnership” (in English, interpreter provided)
HMA Sophie Honey, British Ambassador to Slovenia
Aleš Cantarutti, State Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Moderated by: Barbara Uranjek, CEO, British Slovenian Chamber of Commerce
9.30-10.30 Round table: “Investing in Slovenia” (in English, interpreter provided)
Andrej Poklič, Operations director, GKN Driveline Slovenija
Jolanta Gabriel, Head of EBRD Slovenia
Bryan Zhao, CEO, Tam Europe
Jon Locke, CRO, Nova KBM
Dieter Althaus, Vice President Governmental Affairs, Magna Europe
10.30-11.00 Tea & Coffee Break
11.00-12.00 Round table: “Foreign Direct Investment in the East Cohesion Region” (in Slovenian, interpreter provided)
Andrej Fištravec, mayor, Municipality of Maribor
Clive Memmott, CEO, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Marko Kovačič, consultant, Municipality of Maribor
Feri Gönc, coordinator of project SeeMeet 2018
Mihael Leskovar, CEO, Maribor development agency
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