January 20, 2018
The STA reported January 19, 2018, that a delegation from the US multinational IT company Google is on a visit to Slovenia meeting government officials to discuss possible areas of cooperation.
Google has proposed cooperation in the area of Slovenian small and medium-sized companies where it could provide solutions to support exporters, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology said on Friday.
The company presented its centre designed to help small and medium-sized companies which recently opened in Warsaw, Poland, and also covers Slovenia (link).
Google representatives were received by Aleš Cantarutti, a state secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.
"Google sees Slovenia as a successful, technology-oriented, economically stable state which, through its well-educated workforce and good business environment, offers many opportunities," the ministry added in a press release.
The delegation met State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office Tadej Slapnik on Thursday, and Minister of Public Administration Boris Koprivnikar and Deputy Speaker Matjaž Nemec Friday.
The meeting in parliament focussed on Slovenia's digital priorities and the National Assembly's activity in the area, according to a press release from the parliament.
Google representative for Central and Eastern Europe Marta Poslad was quoted as saying that Google was looking for "a true European innovation spirit".
She stressed that Slovenia was one of the countries in the region with very well-developed digital skills, and had a vibrant start-up scene.
Deputy Speaker Nemec shared the view that the country had a well-developed ICT, saying that the future development of digital services was based primarily on the youth.
He also presented Parlameter, a web portal analysing data from the National Assembly's website which was financed by Google's Digital News Initiative.
Slovenian government and business officials visited the US in September 2016 to meet representatives of several IT multinationals, including Google.
The government believes the companies developing technology for new business models represent an opportunity for the country to make a breakthrough in business and technology.