A sizeable business delegation with representatives from over 50 Slovenian companies, economic, science and research institutions visited the Azerbaijani capital of Baku on the 15th and 16th of January 2013, where, within the framework of the they met with representatives of over 100 Azerbaijani companies within the framework of the Azerbaijani-Slovenian Business Forum. The Azerbaijani representatives demonstrated a strong interest for business cooperation with the attending Slovenian companies, as well as with those companies and projects represented and presented within the framework of the international investment programs of the PanSlovenian Shareholders' Association (VZMD); invest to Slovenia (investo.si) and International Investors' Network (invest-to.net).

The visit of the business delegation took place during the visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Janez Janša, with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, dr. Illham Aliyev. The Slovenian Prime Minister took the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Artur Rasizade, with which he agreed on the establishment of a joint economic committee, and signed two agreements, i.e. the Agreement on International Road Transport of Passengers and Goods and the Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirements for Holders of Service Passports. The important political and economic visit was also attended by the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Radovan Žerjav, M.Sc., for whom cooperation with Azerbaijan is a priority.

The opening of the Azerbaijani-Slovenian Business Forum was followed by one-on-one discussions between the Azerbaijani and Slovenian entrepreneurs and businessmen. The acting director of the newly established Slovenian Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Development, Investment and Tourism (SPIRIT Slovenia), Boštjan Skalar and the President of the Azerbaijani partner agency AZPROMO, Rufat Mammadov, took this opportunity to sign a memorandum of understanding.

Additional important agreements, memoranda and contracts were signed at the business forum – the Azerbaijani company Baghlan Group and the Slovenian company Duol signed a contract worth € 600.000 for the covering of the stadium in Baku, while Iskratel signed a letter of intent for cooperation with the Azerbaijan Technical University in the field of broadband connections. An agreement of cooperation was also signed by Ljubljana University and the Baku State University. Furthermore, a partnership memorandum was also signed by the Oguz region executive authorities and the Slovenian town of Nova Gorica.

The PanSlovenian Shareholders' Association (VZMD) invites all companies, institutions, communities and individuals to take advantage of the opportunity to participate and include their informative and promotional material and investment projects on the web portals, in literature and the commemorative magazine »investo Expo« and in the numerous other international business opportunities – conventions, conferences and presentations – which are prepared within the framework of VZMD's international investors' programs invest to Slovenia (investo.si) and International Investors' Network (invest-to.net).

Other Notable International Activities:

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 investo.si and invest-to.net (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)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REPORT from EuropeanIssuers International Conference on »The future of European Equity Markets« at the Milan Stock Exchange – programs investo.si in invest-to.net also at the upcoming International Investors´ Conference in Wiesbaden (Milano, November 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 investo.si - Invest to Slovenia's Newly Founded Affiliate, investo.me - 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)

www.vzmd.si – More on the VZMD – PanSlovenian Shareholders' Association

www.vzmd.tv and www.investo.tv – Over 280 videos from VZMD.TV and investo.tv

www.investo.si – More on the investo.si – Invest to Slovenia Program

www.invest-to.net – More on the network of 55 national organizations of shareholders and investors – invest-to.net