Here is their seal, with the red and white stripes plus the Slovenian Triglav mountain and the three yellow stars:
Here's an even friendlier version with shaking hands:
It is their fifteenth anniversary this year and as far as I can tell it is a pretty big deal here. It serves as the voice for the international business community, as well as a general force for privatization efforts and pro-market reforms. I've met with various Chambers of Commerce in the US and once gave a speech at one about deregulating the American legal profession, so I was happy to meet these folks over here.
They were kind enough to invite me to their first "Business Breakfast" of the fall, where they had a panel discussion of privatization experts. It was fun to meet and greet with what I think were some of the Slovenian business elite and also to learn more about the country's economy (at least from one very specific point of view).
I'll blog more about the economy and privatization later (hold your breath!), but for now I'll focus on the event itself. It was really well attended and fancy:
They held it at the pretty new Sheraton Four Points, naturally, as it is easily the most American hotel in town. Why do I say it was American? First, it is located outside of town by the ring road and only accessible by car really. No walking or biking here.
Lastly, the conference room was big and beautiful and has an entire wall of windows that look out over . . . the highway and the parking lot. Here's the view:
Still in all it was a great experience and as per usual everyone was very kind and welcoming. It is always good to imagine the impression we give off overseas and this was an excellent place to view it.