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Slovenia Business Week no. 10:Economists, CCIS Satisfied with Appointment of Development Minister

The CCIS welcomed the government's decision to appoint a development minister after a one year pause

Several of Slovenia's leading economists as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (CCIS) have welcomed the appointment of Ziga Turk as the minister in charge of development on Tuesday, 6 March. They highlighted as Turk's priority task the implementation of development goals that have already been defined.

Joze P. Damijan, the first development minister appointed under the government of Prime Minister Janez Jansa, said for STA that Turk's programme was already outlined in the government's social and economic reform framework presented in 2005.

Janez Sustersic, the head of the Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and development (IMAD), believes that Turk is a good choice. He pointed out that the new minister would need to take on all the areas where reforms have not been carried out so far.

"Given his technical background, I expect he will first tackle technological development and higher education reform," Sustarsic explained for STA.

He also pointed out that the minister's agenda should include the completion of the social reform, the labour market reform, changes in the pension system, and the speeding up of the privatisation process.

Economist Saso Polanec meanwhile said that the main challenge for Turk will lie in increasing the influence of his ministry, which has so far failed to meet its role as a coordinating body and "was treated by the remaining ministers as redundant".

Finally, the CCIS welcomed the government's decision to appoint a development minister after a one year pause. "It is indeed very important and useful for business to have a talking partner in the government for development and reform issues," CCIS said in a statement.

"By appointing a new minister, the government has sent Slovenians the message that it is serious about continuing with the implementation of reforms presented in November 2005," CCIS added.

Source: Slovenian Press Agency STA

Author: STA, Slovenian National Press Agency