In the introductory part of the event the audience was addressed by recognized experts who discussed the current situation of the Slovenian economy and the external and internal macroeconomic environment in the coming years. Thereafter, suggestions and observations were made by the representatives of chambers of commerce and industry associations. The central part of the forum was designed to serve as an open platform for the proposals of the Slovenian businessmen, artisans and entrepreneurs. In addition, the representatives of different political parties were present at the event, and they were given the chance to address the public in the concluding section.
After the welcoming speech made by the president of the SDS Economic Forum and former Minister for Health Mrs Zofija Mazej Kukovič, the president of SDS, Mr. Janez Janša took the floor.
In his opening speech, Mr. Janša said that it is of crucial importance, in this time of forming the programs, to create as many possible similar views and consensus on how to resolve the Slovenian public finances, how to deal with Slovenian development issues and in particular how to ensure the conditions for job creation.
As he said, this forum was designed primarily for the SDS to listen to the economists and at the end present them briefly some of the solutions outlined in the SDS program entitled 10 +100 solutions for justice, jobs and development and seek to harmonize them with the economy.
Then the President of the SDS introduced the presentation of the director of the Institute for Macroeconomic Analyses and Development Boštjan Vasle, Ph. D. The presentation on macroeconomic outlook for the future shows a negative correction in the autumn economic forecast, which was introduced two months ago. Thus, the forecast of a lower economic growth than primarily projected is currently the reality. The entire presentation is published on the web link: www.sds.si/news/10151.
At the conclusion, Mr Janša summed up the discussion in one observation: solutions for many problems that plague Slovenia can be found in business. He expressed his awareness that the Slovenian economy is plagued by many obstacles, but that it is necessary to gather the political will, approach the problems and solve them.
Among the key measures for the revival of the economy he highlighted the elimination of the credit crunch, the burden of work, introduction of investment incentives and promotion of foreign investment. He explained that the SDS program 10 +100 contains 10 measures for the first 100 days and 100 measures for the whole mandate and that these are the concrete answers to these questions.
Among others, Mr Peter Jungen, the president of the SME Union, also addressed the audience. According to him, innovation and entrepreneurship are the solution of the crisis for the entire Europe and will lead it to a better future. Mr Jungen believes Europe now needs six million entrepreneurs and it is now indispensable for politicians to understand the importance of entrepreneurship.