The Slovenia Times

Celje Trade Fair with strong international flavour


Five main segments will be featured: construction, camping and caravaning, industrial equipment, business services and consumer products.

The camping and caravaning section will be particularly prominent, featuring vehicles, tents, equipment and an event with participation of campsite owners.

For the general public, there will be experts on hand providing advice on efficient energy use and the use of renewable resources. The atrium will host a presentation of the home for the third millennium.

Business services is a segment dominated by the Chamber of Trade Crafts and Small Business (OZS), but it will also feature events put on by the partner country Croatia.

One established feature of the OZS's activities at the fair will be a Craft Street, where various trade crafts will be presented with the aim of attracting students to join the trades.

A special apprenticeship office will also be open where business owners can get information on apprenticeships.

The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology will participate as a partner in business services and organiser of two exhibitions, on wood and inventions.

Croatia's presentation will be organised by the Croatian Chamber of Trade Crafts (HOK) in cooperation with the Croatian economy ministry and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

The HOK said the goal of the presentation was to deepen bilateral economic cooperation as well as to gain an insight into innovative, creative solutions that can improve the competitiveness of the small business segment of both countries.

A total of 30 exhibitors will be presented at the Croatian pavilion, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises.

The event will open with addresses by Prime Minister Miro Cerar and Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalić.

While Croatia has partner country status, China will also feature prominently with a presentation of 30 companies under the banner Premium Brands China.

Additionally, Montenegro, Serbia and India will stage group presentations. Poland and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency will have their stands as well.

Given that this will be the 50th edition of the fair, the organisers have also put up an exhibition tracing the history of the event.

The first fair was held in 1968 on a local stadium and attracted about 65,000 visitors.


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