The Slovenian Delegation Will Visit the Headquarters of the America’s Leading High-tech Companies in the Silicon Valley

At the invitation of AmCham, the delegation from Slovenia will visit the headquarters of such companies as Uber, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, Teslo, Celtro and the Stanford University.

Ljubljana. — At the invitation of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia (AmCham) and with the assistance of the Spirit State Agency, the economic delegation consisting of the government members, employees of Slovenian companies and the Jožef Stefan Institute will visit San Francisco and the local Silicon Valley next week.

A list of the high-tech companies that Slovenian businesspersons and scientists are planning to visit on 20–24 September is very impressive: IBM, Cisco, HB Enterprise, Boston Consulting Group, Microsoft, NASA, etc. As soon as the government delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of state administration Boris Koprivnikar joins them, they will visit the headquarters of such companies as Uber, Celtra (its headquarters are located in the United States, but the production capacity remains in Slovenia), Tesla, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, etc. as well as the Stanford University, in which several generations of Slovenes, who contribute to the Silicon Valley operation, have been working.

In the city of San Jose, which is part of the Silicon Valley, they will also open the Slovenian ABC Global Home Business Incubator, as the executive director of AmCham Slovenija Ajša Vodnik reported.

Slovenia has excellent scientific advances and high-end technologies, with which we want to create an optimal environment for innovation and development, as mentioned by Boris Koprivnikar. In the USA, the Slovenian delegation will also visit the headquarters of corporations, which are pioneers in the field of new business models for the cooperative economy. «We develop a comprehensive cooperation with them. We want their production capacities to be introduced in Slovenia. We are committed to a sustainable cooperation with these corporations, allowing them to use the most modern technology.”

In order to improve the environment for new business models and services, it is necessary to carry out the reform for the four key industries. «We need to adjust the labour law. For example, the status of a driver employed with Uber (whether he or she is employed officially or just earns extra money in his or her spare time) — it is an innovation that was not previously practiced. We must reform the system of payments and taxation (in order to pay the tax on the added value, since it is not an employment relationship). We need to protect consumers and the public interest. Thus, we have to adjust the status of those protecting the consumer, who received a service from an agent or directly from the employer. Or, for example, the status of a lessor on the on-line platform Airbnb: whether he or she is the owner of a hotel or a private individual, whether it is his or her hobby or a type of additional activities, etc. These solutions are absent in the legislation base, as these nuances did not exist a few years ago. In this regard, we want to create a context, within which all these methods could operate,” Koprivnikar explained.