The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) protects, pursues and promotes the interests of the Slovenian economy abroad through its network of diplomatic missions and consular posts. Economic diplomacy includes all the relevant activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 56 diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Slovenia with their 23 economic advisers. It is one of the top priorities of the Ministry, which therefore established on 1 October 2009 the Directorate for Economic Diplomacy and thus acquired exclusive competence for the management of economic diplomacy.
Tasks and competences of the Directorate include activities in economic diplomacy, bilateral economic cooperation and economic promotion carried out within two of its departments. The two basic functions of the Department for Bilateral Economic Cooperation are the direction and the coordination of the Republic of Slovenia’s bilateral economic cooperation with third countries. The two basic functions of the Department for Economic Promotion are to provide assistance to Slovenian companies when entering foreign markets and to stimulate the further internationalisation of the Slovenian economy with a view to increasing Slovenian exports and achieving better geographical diversification. The basic task of the Directorate is to ensure the efficient work of economic diplomacy through coordination and management within the broader system of Slovenian foreign policy. In this context, the Department cooperates with other government and non-government institutions dealing with the internationalisation of the Slovenian economy, especially with the Ministry of the Economy, JAPTI, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, SID Bank, the Slovenian Tourist Board and Slovenian business clubs, as well as honorary consuls of the Republic of Slovenia abroad.
Businessmen may contact the Directorate for Economic Diplomacy from 8.00 to 16.00 hours on weekdays. If you have any questions, would like to propose an initiative or ask for help and information regarding business operations on foreign markets, please contact us at gospodarska-diplomacija.mzz(at)gov.si.
With regard to economic diplomacy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its network of diplomatic missions and consular posts:
organise meetings of intergovernmental commissions on economic cooperation
make all the necessary arrangements for business delegations during visits of senior national representatives
promote Slovenia as a location for foreign direct investment
support Slovenian businesses in entering and expanding to foreign markets, and in solving problems in the form of various free of charge services
support foreign businesses in establishing contacts with Slovenian businesses
coordinate economic activities related to the EU and international organisations