At the Crossroads of Economic Development, Transition and Integration: ‘Slovenia - The Right Mix of Qualities’
The Republic of Slovenia is at the crossroads of European corridors and is an advanced transition country which is closest to the Western Balkans. Although Slovenia was the first among transition countries to adopt the euro on January 1st 2007, the country was badly hit by the financial crisis. But it took bold measures and fiscal resources to overcome the problems. Lately, Slovenia has enjoyed a high level of growth and is further integrating its economy into European and global value chains.
Slovenia’s position is due to the right mix of qualities, its so-called ‘4Qs4U’: that means that the country has quality links to regional markets, a quality workforce, quality infrastructure and high quality of life. Find out more: www.InvestSlovenia.org. The EBRD has been instrumental in the Slovenian transition. The recently adopted EBRD Country Strategy for Slovenia confirms the Bank’s continuous support to private sector development projects, as well as related infrastructure and other investments. The Country Strategy aims to further strengthen Slovenia’s competitiveness, internationalisation and green economy transition, and so further enhance the 4Qs4U.Find out more about the EBRD in Slovenia: www.ebrd.com/where-we-are/slovenia/overview.html.
Come to this panel to hear high-level representatives of Slovenian authorities and the EBRD regional team tell the story of Slovenia’s economic transition: how the country built its qualities and how it preserves them.
The event also gives you an opportunity to learn about Slovenia’s conducive economic environment for domestic and foreign investors, and to identify future investment opportunities and priorities in the country. Above all, it provides an example of how the hurdles associated with Connecting Economies for Stronger Growth can be managed and how the EBRD can help. After the panel ends you are free to have one-to-one meetings with Slovenian and EBRD representatives. Join us and enjoy the 4Qs4U that Slovenia can provide!
SPIRIT Public Agency - Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Ajda Cuderman was appointed CEO of the public agency SPIRIT Slovenia in early 2019. Her vision of SPIRIT is that it develops into an effective public agency ensuring the sustainable growth and development of the Slovenian economy by supporting entrepreneurship, internationalisation, technological development, foreign direct investment and the promotion of the Slovenian economy.
Between 2016-2017, Ajda was CEO of Eltec Petrol d.o.o. in Belgrade where her special focus was implementing pilot projects to renovate lighting and energy in public buildings through public-private partnerships. She was previously at Petrol Group, working as business development manager for energy solutions in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.
She has a Masters in Business Science (University of Maribor, Slovenia).
Milan Martin Cvikl
Alternate Director, EBRD
Mr Milan Martin Cvikl has been Alternate Director on the EBRD Board of Directors, representing the constituency of Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovenia, since 2017.
Between 2010-2016 he was a Member of the European Court of Auditors: he was responsible first for the audit of EU revenues and then as Dean presided over deliberations on audits of EU budget and policies. Other notable past positions include Minister for European Affairs in the Slovenian Government, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia, Chairman of its Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance Control, and Secretary General of the Slovenian Government. He was also previously an economist at the World Bank.
He has a Masters in Macroeconomics from the University of Ljubljana.
State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of Slovenia
Metod Dragonja is currently State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Slovenia.
After graduating with an economics degree from the University of Ljubljana in 1978, he began working for Lek d.d. Pharmaceuticals. During his later leadership as General Director and CEO, the company became one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in central and eastern Europe.
During his career, he has held various government positions, including Minister of Economic Affairs (1996-1999), Minister of Economic Development and Technology (2014), and State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (2014-2016). Between 2008-2014, Metod was Director of Nova Ljubljanska Banka in Moscow.
Regional Director, Poland and the Baltics, EBRD - Warsaw
Grzegorz Zieliński is Regional Head of Central Europe and the Baltic States and heads the EBRD’s Resident Office in Warsaw.
Mr Zieliński worked at Ernst & Young before joining the EBRD in 1998. In 2001, he became a banker in the Power, Energy and Utilities team where he was responsible for the Bank’s activities in the power sector in Poland. He subsequently assumed responsibility for the power sector in Central Europe.
Mr Zieliński holds a degree in Business/Economics from the University of Gdansk, Poland, and a post-graduate certificate in European Integration from the EC Research Centre. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.