Coopetition is the new word companies need to make their own

We really need to create platforms where people can meet, share, collaborate and understand, says the German-Slovak Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Peter Kompalla speaking with attendees of one of SNOPK’s events. Peter Kompalla speaking with attendees of one of SNOPK’s events. (Source: Courtesy of SNOPK)

As a former water athlete, Peter Kompalla remembers the white-water facility in Liptovský Mikuláš very well, which is why he looked forward to relocating to Slovakia after serving for German chambers of commerce around Asia for several years. Now in Bratislava, Kompalla, executive director of the German-Slovak Chamber of Commerce (SNOPK) not only fosters Slovak-German business relations, but he also is a regular in nearby Čunovo, riding the Danube waters.

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In an interview with The Slovak Spectator, Kompalla compares his experience in Vietnam and the Philippines to Slovakia and describes the challenges that German businesses face here, including whether the chamber’s members are looking – and finding – German-speaking workers.

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