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Second Day of Heads of Diplomatic Missions Meeting Devoted to Economic Themes

Second Day of Heads of Diplomatic Missions Meeting Devoted to Economic Themes

2.7.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Ekonomické správy

Economic diplomacy, development aid and cooperation with the business sector at home and abroad were the three dominant themes of the second day of the standard meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions, which continued today (2 July 2019) at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, in Bratislava. “Economic diplomacy, development aid and generally coordinating activities with the business sector are one of the main tasks of the heads of diplomatic missions,” the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák, said as he welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization Richard Raši and the Minister of Economy Peter Žiga.  

 

Richard Raši briefed ambassadors on the 2030 Strategy for Digital Transformation and related specific action plans. He also briefly referred to the recently completed presidency of the Slovak Republic in the Visegrad Group, as part of which the Conference on AI and the Digital Economy was held. He also emphasized, however, the need for further education, and presented the National Project for Digital Competence, the aims of which include to increase the number of students of technical courses, and to make mathematics a compulsory subject for the secondary school-leaving exams. “It is important to invest in education and enhance our citizens’ digital skills,” emphasized Richard Raši. In addition to other key themes, he also touched upon the 2030 Strategy for Digital Transformation, and employment of women in the IT sector. He accentuated the importance of the Digital Coalition and recalled that joint activities of the Coalition held in the UK, Ireland and Ukraine have been executed in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

 

Minister Peter Žiga informed the heads of diplomatic missions about the need for training and education of professionals, and about the motivation of high-tech companies to engage in research and innovations. In this regard, the minister of economy spoke about the importance of attracting investors to higher added value – that of research and innovations. 

 

In other panels of the meeting, the heads of diplomatic missions had the opportunity to talk to leaders and representatives of Slovakia’s innovative firms, assess the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE, and discuss overlapping areas of cooperation with representatives of economic diplomacy. 

 

The closing remarks of the second day of the meeting were delivered by Peter Kažímír, Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia.  In a discussion moderated by Minister Lajčák, many ideas for cooperation between Slovakia’s diplomats and the National Bank were presented. “I appreciate that our cooperation will also cover development aid,” concluded Miroslav Lajčák.

 

The meeting will continue until Thursday, July 4. The agenda includes reception of ambassadors in the Presidential Palace by the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová. The State Secretary of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, and the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Martin Tlapa, will also address the diplomats. 
 

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