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The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) is a government-funded allowance organization that works under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. SARIO’s primary objective is to improve the standard of living of Slovak citizens by increasing employment and reducing regional disparities.
The mission of SARIO is to promote growth and economic development, and improve the quality of life in Slovakia.
SARIO works actively to make the Slovak Republic a country with a well developed economy and an educated population with a high quality of life. In order to achieve these goals, SARIO utilises valuable contacts both in Slovakia and abroad.
-Applying an effective framework for the support of foreign investors and increasing the portion of investors with high value-added production.
-Supporting such export activities of Slovak enterprises that would significantly increase the turnover of Slovak foreign trade.
-Qualified and effective administration of EU Structural Funds, which provide support for activities within the framework of Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Trade (infrastructure development, intensification of international cooperation, and image-building of the Slovak Republic).
creating a suitable investment and “business-friendly” environment in Slovakia;
supporting investment projects of domestic and foreign investors and providing all necessary ancillary services;
providing consultancy and finding solutions regarding individual state aid to investors;
searching for and database-creation of available premises;
providing assistance as far as creation of joint-ventures between Slovak and foreign companies is concerned;
assisting small and medium sized enterprises in their search for export and trade opportunities abroad;
assisting local authorities, small, and medium sized enterprises with their application for EU Structural Funds’ Grants (within the jurisdiction of SARIO) and helping them with the implementation of their projects.
After the first international award for SARIO, the ‘European IPA Award‘ of 2003, the international prestige of foreign investment’ services delivered by the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency was recognized again in 2007 when SARIO won ‘Best European Investment Agency Award for High-Tech‘ at the World Investment Conference in La Baule (France).