On February 19, CEP joined a meeting, organized at the initiative of the Slovene Embassy in Tokyo, focused on ‘Enhancing International Development Cooperation between Japan and Slovenia in the Western Balkans (WB)’.

As one of the official channels for implementing Slovenia’s international development cooperation, we joined the representatives from the Foreign Ministry of Affairs of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Foreign Ministry of Affairs of Slovenia, Centre for Excellence in Finance (CEF), and ITF Enhancing Human Security to discuss possible ways of merging our knowledge and enhancing international development cooperation between Japan and Slovenia in the Western Balkans.

The aim of the meeting was to look at possible ways of enhancing cooperation between Slovenia and Japan in the Western Balkans through institutions based in Slovenia and under the framework of the International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of Slovenia.

At the meeting, CEP Executive Director Katja Geršak presented the work of CEP and our key focus areas in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, and expressed interest to further explore opportunities for possible cooperation with Japan in facilitating development agenda in the Western Balkans.

The meeting ended with a joint agreement of all attendees to continue the dialogue and identify possible future development projects for a further deepening of cooperation between the two countries.