Visit of PM of Slovenia to India

This was the first-ever Prime Ministerial visit (13th to 16th of June) from either side and it coincided with 20th anniversary of Slovenian independence.

The Prime Minister and his Slovenian counterpart H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor discussed global issues like reform of the UN Security Council, the global financial situation and international terrorism. Prime Minister Pahor reaffirmed the support of Slovenia for a permanent seat for India in expanded Security Council.

The two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of the BIPPA(
 Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement) by Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherji and the Economy Minister of Slovenia Ms. Darja Radiæ. 

An agreement between the Indian Bureau of Indian Standards and its Slovenian counterpart was also signed and is expected to boost bilateral trade by facilitating a better mutual understanding of standards and norms of traded goods. Another Agreement was signed between the University of Nova Gorica and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore to promote institutional cooperation in the field of research & education with a focus on Environmental sciences, Materials Science, Physics, Agriculture and Engineering.

To further strengthen the growing interactions between the two Parliaments, it was decided to establish a Parliamentary Friendship Group with Slovenia on the occasion of the visit. A Friendship Group with India already exists in Slovenian Parliament.

Today, Indo-Slovenian relations which are strengthened by a commitment to shared values of democracy, pluralism, diversity and the rule of law are becoming broad-based and diverse. The economic and trade component, though small in value, is increasing rapidly; with a growth of about 140% over 2008-10. Investments also are gradually increasing in both directions

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