Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey

Ambassador Helena Drnovsek Zorko  and Jana Grilc First Secretary of the Embassy of Slovenia met with Adam Miller representing Harvey Norman at the Embassy of Slovenia in Canberra on the 12 August 2016 and discussed business and other matters.

Harvey Norman has stores worldwide besides those in Australia, those being in  NZ, Singapore, Malaysia, Slovenia (5), Croatia and Ireland.

Adam discussed more in depth the cooperation and projects that they have in the area of education and the project of AIME with their closing the gap policy. http://blog.harveynorman.com.au/initiatives/aime-creating-a-greater-australia/ https://aimementoring.com/about/partners/national/ . IN response the Embassy advised Slovenia has been very engaged with the project Our Rights of promotion of children’s rights. This was presented in the area of the OSCE countries, in the countries of Former Yugoslavia and to the Middle East.  The Embassy had a meeting with the ACT Chief Minister and presented him with the possibility for cooperation. More information can be found in the link http://www.mzz.gov.si/en/foreign_policy_and_international_law/slovenian_foreign_policy_and_human_rights/thematic_priorities/human_rights_education_and_our_rights/the_our_rights_project_human_rights_education/

Also discussed was Harvey Norman cooperation with the global leader in e-recycling and this may be an area to explore with the branches in Slovenia. Slovenia this year hosts the European Green Capital – Ljubljana, the title given to the EU capitals and cities that have the sustainable policies in the area of waste management, transport, water and green areas. As mentioned Slovenia has also good policies in the area of the waste food management. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/customer-service/tv-recycling

Adam in a later email wrote to Mark Stariha,Treasurer of SACC,

“Harvey Norman is almost as much a household name in Slovenia as it is in Australia with 5 stores servicing and employing in the local community. I welcome any opportunity where we can work together to continue to build on the great relationship that exists between Slovenia and our business to service the needs of your Chamber of Commerce members and the embassy and consulates here in Australia.”

Adam also in an email provided information on a member benefits portal which wil be made avaiolbale to all Slovenian Australian Chember of Commerce members

“As I mentioned, one of the great benefits that we are able to offer is our unique co-branded member benefits portal. This is a dedicated site where an organisations members & their friends, employees and family can purchase Harvey Norman products online at significant discounts to the “normal” Harvey Norman online website. ”

We are very pleased to have Harvey Norman join our chamber, and look forward to a great co-operation with Harvey Norman.

by Mark Stariha with information provided by Jana Grilc

Sept 2016