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Slovenia and Hong Kong for closer cooperation – Memorandum for the wine sector signed

Cerklje na Gorenjskem, 2 April 2017 – The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Gregory So is on a two-day visit to Slovenia. The distinguished guest was received by the Slovenian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan. In bilateral talks they confirmed excellent and friendly relations after the first meeting in Hong Kong in November 2016. On this occasion Minister Dejan Židan and Secretary Gregory So signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the wine sector.

The visit of the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Gregory So is a return visit at the ministerial level, following the visit of Minister Dejan Židan to Hong Kong in November 2016. During bilateral discussions the Ministers and the Secretary expressed their mutual sympathy and the interest of both sides in strengthening their cooperation in the wine sector. Minister Židan and Secretary So also showed their interest in the strengthening of good relations and close cooperation in tourism, investments, technological cooperation and start-ups. Minister Židan also stressed that the Chinese market is very important for Slovenia and it sees Hong Kong as an important gateway to the Asian market. "We hope that Hong Kong will also use Slovenia as a gateway to the EU." Tourism, economy and investments are also among the areas offering great potential. The distinguished guest from Hong Kong pinpointed Slovenia's strategic position in Europe and emphasized that his visit to Slovenia was surely one of many to follow. 

 

After the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the wine sector was signed. On this occasion Minister Židan expressed his satisfaction with signing the Memorandum, which would facilitate cooperation with Hong Kong in the wine sector. Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Parties to the Memorandum will endeavour to facilitate and promote trade in wine and strengthening mutual cooperation, professional exchanges, promoting wine tourism, exchange of experience and cooperation between the competent administrations in the fight against wine counterfeiting.  After the signing, Secretary Gregory So highlighted that Hong Kong has been extremely successful in the wine trade, and, at the same time, is the world’s second-most important auctioning centre for wine, ranking second behind New York. "We manage trade in wine, and Slovenia can produce high quality wines."

 

At the end of the first day of the visit, the Hong Kong delegation visited the Vinakras wine cellar in Sežana and got acquainted with the production of Karst wines.  Tomorrow, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office together with the Slovenian partners The Slovenia Times and JT Business Development is organising an event entitled Business opportunities between Hong Kong and Slovenia, which will be held in the Grand Hotel Union in Ljubljana.