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The car industry as we know it will gradually disappear, agreed participants of the panel termed Mobility and the Future of Automotive Industry at the Business Bled Strategic Forum on Tuesday. The industry will become increasingly adjusted to individuals and their lifestyle. We are moving from the economy of ownership towards the economy of sharing. …

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H. E. Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, appeared at a special event at the Bled Strategic Forum. In a speech entitled Gradual Disintegration of the EU Political Orbit and a New Geopolitical Configuration of the Euro-Asian Space, he criticised the EU’s conduct towards his country and its failings …

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Smart cities are around the corner as the use of information and communications technologies is propelling the humanity towards the age of smart cities. We are now facing the question of how to transform these urban environments into comprehensive, intelligent and cognitive communities. During the Smart Cities and Cognitive Communities panel on smart cities and …

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Taking on security from an individual perspective, the panel debate “Human Security: You and I Matter” at the Bled Strategic Forum saw the participants establish that a concerted and comprehensive approach at the global is needed to enhance human security, with education on human rights being one of the key elements. Ambassador Damjan Bergant, Director …

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New international challenges, in particular price fluctuations, the uncertain geopolitical and security situation, the entry of new players, such as the US on the global gas market, and commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement were in the focus of the Energy Geopolitics panel at the Bled Strategic Forum. Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the …

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Tourism creates a better world, but with the rise of tourism come more responsibilities, Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, told a panel on Security and Sustainability in Tourism at the Business Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) on Tuesday. “1.2 billion people travelling across the borders of their country can present 1.2 billion …

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On the sidelines of the 2016 Bled Strategic Forum, Cisco Service Provider Certificate was given to Mr Boris Koprivnikar, Minister of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia by Mr Anil Menon, Global President of Smart and Connected Communities at Cisco Systems Inc.‎ for establishing the State Cloud and the Data Centre service. Congratulations!

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Panelists discussing Water Risks in Global Perspectives at the Bled Strategic Forum (BS) on Tuesday underlined the importance of international cooperation on water issues. Presenting the US perspective, Mr Tom Harvey, Co-Chair of the US Water Partnership, said the severity of water risks could not be understated and that even top US military officials considered …

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A third wave of digital transformation – the growth of global urban services –  is coming, and it will be bigger than the first two, Dr Anil Menon, Global President of Smart+Connected Communities at Cisco Systems Inc., stressed at the Digital Transformation panel at Business BSF. This wave is a huge opportunity for countries like …

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A panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum on whether the EU is disintegrating following the UK’s decision on Brexit mostly agreed that the EU was not actually in a crisis, while it must refocus, deal with issues from a larger perspective and reconstruct its relationship with the UK. Speaking at the panel “European Union: …

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