This year's Global KEN Forum entitled »Promoting Innovation through Education and Research« began yesterday in the South African Cape Town with the opening speeches of the President of the international network Knowledge Economy Network (KEN) dr. Boris Cizelj, and the Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa Mr Derek Hanekom.

After successful business meetings within the framework of the business delegation in Moscow, the international conference in Vienna and a business meeting in Dubai, the President of the Pan-Slovenian Shareholders' Association (VZMD) Mr Kristjan Verbič has been, at the invitation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa, visiting Cape Town since Monday. At the Monday's evening reception, organised for the invited guests by the two organizers: International KEN network and the South African Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Verbič met numerous international participants, and they all attended a meeting with some representatives of the Slovene business community in South Africa, at the invitation of a distinguished Slovene and international businessman Mr Štefan Bogdan Šalej (in the photo above, PHOTO by Michele La Trobe).

In the framework of Forum, which has been, in two days, attended by more than 150 distinguished participants from all over the world, Mr Verbič - as a member of the EuroFinUse executive board and as VZMD President - carried out a presentation and he also moderated one of the thematic round-table discussions on the theme of the protection of small shareholders and individual investors, and in its framework he also presented the two VZMD international business-investment programmes for business networking: Invest to Slovenia ( and International Investors` Network (  

Suitable provisions have also been made this time to ensure successful presentations of the companies, institutions, and investment projects included in and – on this occasion, according to the interest, especially SPIRIT Slovenia. It is also worth mentioning that the participants expressed a considerable interest in VZMD activities – in spite of numerous promotional materials brought by VZMD to Cape Town, there are almost no materials left.

KEN 2013 Award Ceremony was held yesterday in the evening after events had been concluded.  Please click for more information about the programme HERE.

After this year's successful presentations in Astana, Almaty, Baku, Brussels, Bucharest, Vienna, Kiev, Ljubljana, Madrid, Moscow, New Delhi, Tokyo and Zagreb, VZMD is pleased to invite all who would like to take part in the activities to contact VZMD programme coordinator by phone 031 770 771, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Related International Activities: 

MOSCOW – At the Slovenian Embassy about a joint investors’ conference in the fall – an arrangement between the Russian Federation of Investors, VZMD and the Slovenian Embassy (Moscow, June 2013)

KAZAKHSTAN – a successful visit of the Slovenian business delegation in Kazakhstan – strong interest displayed in the international investors’ programs of the PanSlovenian Shareholders’ Association (VZMD): and (Astana, Almaty, June 2013)

WORLD BANK – President of VZMD and EuroFinUse Board Member speaker of the first panel at the international conference about audit reform and the importance of audit committees (Bucharest, June 2013)

VIENNA – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REPORT from the European meeting of venture and start-up capital funds and the congress of business angels’ network EBAN 2013 – an active role of VZMD and its international investors’ programs and (Vienna, May 2013)


VIDEO REPORT – Variegated happening at the 19th financial fair KAPITAL 2013 at Cankar Hall, along two-day presentation of the international investors’ programs and the lecture of VZMD President (Ljubljana, April 2013)

VIDEO REPORT – exclusively from the European Parliament: the EuroFinUse international conference and the Election Assembly, the announcement of the new President and Board of directors of this influential European association, into which a representative of Slovenia is also re-elected (Brussels, March 2013)

BRUSSELS – Slovenia with VZMD once more elected to the top of the European Federation of Financial Services Users – intensive international activities today continue with a conference in the European Parliament (Brussels, March 2013)

TOKYO – conclusion of the visit of Slovene economic and political delegation with Slovenian-Japanese Business & Investment Forum and the reception at Japanese investors’ association – the active role of VZMD with its international investors’ programs and, March 2013)

INDIA – visit of Slovenian government and business delegation – on the basis of Memorandum between ICPE and VZMD international investors' programs and also present (New Delhi, February 2013)

Memorandum of cooperation signed between the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) and VZMD, with additional expansion of activities within the framework of international investment programs and (Ljubljana, January, 2013)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REPORT of “International Conference on Benefits and Challenges of Public Private Partnerships for improving Energy Efficiency” – key statements of prominent participants (Ljubljana, October, 2012)

VIDEO REPORT - Prominent Participants of Two Key International Conferences in Bled, India and Slovenia as Business Partners and CloudForum, Show Interest in the Investors’ Week in September in Slovenia (Bled, March 2012)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REPORT from Slovenian - Azerbaijani Business Forum in Baku (Baku, January, 2013)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REPORT from EuropeanIssuers International Conference on »The future of European Equity Markets« at the Milan Stock Exchange – programs in also at the upcoming International Investors´ Conference in Wiesbaden (Milano, November 2012)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REPORT - Investors' week and the view of business potentials and investment opportunities during the visit of distinguished international guests at the Slovenian coast (Postojna, Koper, Piran, September, 2012)

VIDEO REPORT "Ljubljana declaration" – historic decision on unification of 50 organizations of shareholders and investors under one association and VZMD award »Polet« for »Model corporate governance in multinational corporation« to Gorenje company (Ljubljana, September 21, 2012)

Gala reception and dinner before International Conference on financial education and investors` exposition »investo Expo« (Ljubljana, September 19, 2012)

VIDEO REPORT - International Conference at the Brussels Stock Exchange Stimulated Investors' Representatives and Institutions to Participate at the Investors' Week 2012 in September in Slovenia(Brussels, March 2012)

"Slovenian Day at the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE)" Exceptional Interest of Funds, Investors, and the Financial Media for Slovenian Companies and Its Investment Environment - The Introduction of - Invest to Slovenia's Newly Founded Affiliate, - Invest to Montenegro (Warsaw, October 2011)

SLOVENIA PRAISED IN PARIS – acclaimed presentation of reputable Slovenian companies at the largest European investment convention, Actionaria, and the General Assembly of the World Federation of Investors Corporation (WFIC) – VZMD.TV EXCLUSIVE BROADCAST (Paris, December 2010) – More on the VZMD – PanSlovenian Shareholders' Association and – Over 300 videos from VZMD.TV and – More on the – Invest to Slovenia Program – More on the network of 55 national organizations of shareholders and investors –