Local officials from the town of Prievidza in Central Slovakia are holding talks with an undisclosed Italian shoe-maker.
Head of the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, Jozef Snopko, said the investor could pose new hope for unemployed women in the area, which suffers a 12.14% unemployment rate. Unemployment in the town shot up earlier this year when Japanese cable harness supplier Yazaki and Italian shoemaker Geox shut down. leading to the loss of some 1,700 jobs, mostly women.
Snopko disclosed that the Italian investor plans to make use of the site of Goex’s shut-down shoe factory, and that the potential new investment could generate around 500 jobs in the first stage and possibly 700 overall.