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Bled Strategic Forum takes on diplomacy and business

Bled, 5 September - The Bled Strategic Forum (BSF), which has brought together more than 1,000 participants for discussions on new realities and challenges they pose, will focus on international topics and business on the final day on Tuesday.

Bled Strategic Forum 2017 (BSF).
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Several burning issues of the modern world will be tackled on the final day of the main forum, while innovation and leadership will be at the forefront of Business BSF.

A panel, featuring among others Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose E. Gottemoeller and Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, will tackle nuclear safety.

Another major topic will be water and its significance for peace and security, and the EU will be discussed at two panels: one will focus on the bloc's future and the other on the Western Balkans, that is the the EU's enlargement towards the region.

The business segment will get under way with a business breakfast organised by AmCham, followed by several panels on innovation and new technologies. A special panel, organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Slovenian Tourist Board, will also address the challenges of the tourism sector.

On the sidelines of the top Slovenian foreign policy event, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec will be kept busy with bilateral meetings with visiting officials, including the Hungarian and Turkish foreign ministers and the UN high commissioner for human rights.

President Borut Pahor will have lunch with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans.

© STA, 2017