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Poland and Slovenia keen to boost ties in new technologies

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A Slovenian-Polish business forum held at the Planica Nordic Centre. Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Slovenia and Poland have excellent relations in many fields, but a business forum held as part of a visit by Polish President Andrzej Duda called for taking cooperation to a higher level in cybersecurity and digital technologies.

The countries cooperate well in infrastructure, transport, automotive industry, energy security and smart technologies, as well as in AI and cybersecurity, President Nataša Pirc Musar said in her address to the forum, held on the sidelines of the Ski Jumping World Cup final in Planica .

She finds cybersecurity of paramount importance in these times, and is convinced that cooperation in cybersecurity must take place at the level of the entire EU, including between Slovenia and Poland.

Pirc Musar believes the two countries have a lot to offer in this field, but she also called for cooperation in transport to be upgraded, foremost between the Slovenian port of Koper and Poland's Baltic ports.

Similarly, Polish President Duda noted the countries' close partnership in many areas. Trade has been increasing fast over the past two decades, and Slovenia is also an important market for Polish companies.

Poland sees a major opportunity to upgrade cooperation in digital technologies, transport and logistics, he said, adding that Polish companies are interested in taking part in various projects in Slovenia, such as energy, advanced technologies and the green transition.

Rok Capl, director of the investment and trade promotion agency Spirit Slovenia, highlighted the efforts to increase bilateral economic cooperation and the role of cooperation in cybersecurity and AI.

The good business relations between Slovenia and Poland were also highlighted by Polish Ambassador to Slovenia Krzysztof Olendzki.

Capl and Olendzki signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between Spirit Slovenia and PAIH, the Polish investment and trade agency.

A cooperation agreement was also signed by the Association of Informatics and Telecommunications at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Digital Poland.

Poland is Slovenia's ninth largest foreign trading partner; trade in goods reached €2.7 billion last year with Slovenia's exports accounting for roughly half that figure.

Slovenia's main exports to Poland are pharmaceutical products and electric machines. The latter also rank prominently in imports, along with vehicles.


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