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Kiska: V4 should consider joint representation in Silicon Valley

PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska who is paying an official visit to the United States is searching for potential investors for Slovak start-ups. He is accompanied by US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick, private broadcaster TV JOJ reported on September 25.

PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska who is paying an official visit to the United States is searching for potential investors for Slovak start-ups. He is accompanied by US Ambassador to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick, private broadcaster TV JOJ reported on September 25.

“We in the US believe in new projects from central and eastern Europe,” Sedgwick said, as quoted by TV JOJ. “We want to help mainly because we can.”

All the Visegrad Four countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) are fully aware of the fact that in the 21st century their economies need to be driven by innovations, Kiska pointed out in his address to the Central European Forum of the Digital Economy organised in collaboration with Google in New York on September 24, the TASR newswire reported.

“It’s vital for our countries, as we’re all considerably small, to cooperate when endorsing innovations. We have to join forces in order to make our region more visible in the USA,” Kiska said, as quoted by TASR.

The president added that one of the options to consider in this respect is the setting up of a joint representation centre in Silicon Valley, to be called Visegrad House.

“This could help our start-ups to become more visible, attract more investments and create a joint and a well-known trademark for the V4 region,” said Kiska.

Kiska, who’s been on a working trip to the United States since September 23, took part in a reception for the heads of delegations at the UN General Assembly with US President Barack Obama. The next day he held bilateral meetings with partners from Macedonia and Albania on the sidelines of the ongoing session of the UN General Assembly. He was also invited to a dinner hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to TASR.

(Source: TASR, TV JOJ)

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