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SENIOR business executives and representatives of the Slovak government will discuss everything from attracting foreign direct investments to reform reversals and euro adoption at the Economist Conferences' Eighth Business Roundtable, which is to be held from June 25 to 26 in Bratislava.

SENIOR business executives and representatives of the Slovak government will discuss everything from attracting foreign direct investments to reform reversals and euro adoption at the Economist Conferences' Eighth Business Roundtable, which is to be held from June 25 to 26 in Bratislava.

"Executives in charge of Central Europe and Slovakia have two key questions on their minds," said Nenad Pacek of the Economist Intelligence Unit before the conference. "First, how will the policies of Mr Fico's government affect their sales and profitability? And second, why should they choose Slovakia for greenfield investment as other countries in the region and around the world build their competitiveness and attractiveness? These two topics, among many others, will form the core of discussions at this exclusive, traditional Roundtable."

Slovakia's most influential business leaders and top government officials will meet at the annual Roundtable to discuss the core economic, business and political issues driving and impeding progress in Slovakia for the eighth time.

The list of confirmed speakers from the Slovak government includes Prime Minister Robert Fico, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Štefan Harabin, Minister of Economy Ľubomír Jahnátek and Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia Ivan Šramko. The business sphere will be represented by Hugh Owen from Allen & Overy; Peter Weber, the managing director of Hewlett-Packard Slovakia; Róbert Šimončič, the general manager of Microsoft Slovakia; Christian Mandl, the CEO of SkyEurope Airlines; Dino Ajanovic, the country general manager of TNT Express Worldwide; David Lohr, the president of US Steel Košice and Jaroslav Haščák from Penta Investments.

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