DAILY SURVEY 13.03.2018.
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BELGRADE, 12 March 2018 (Beta) - President Aleksandar Vucic on March 12 met with Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Li Manchang, who handed him a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping. At it has been earlier announced, Xi has accepted Vucic's invitation to visit Serbia. Li conveyed to Vucic Xi's greetings and wishes for the success and prosperity of Serbia and its citizens and gratitude for Vucic's personal contribution to the promotion of bilateral ties. Vucic said that with the Chinese ambassador he would discuss a number of joint projects. "Infrastructure projects will particularly gladden residents of Arilje, Ivanjica, Sjenica, Novi Pazar, and other towns as we will discuss future cooperation and the construction of a highway to Boljare, toward the border with Montenegro, but also many other projects," Vucic said. He described as a very important piece of news that Chinese President Xi would again visit Serbia. "I was not only pleased as Serbian president, but also proud of my country because it managed to attract President Xi's attention and will again have the honor to speak with him," Vucic said, adding that he would write a special letter to Xi in the coming days. "As for our position on President Xi, we wish him good health, we wish him long and successful governance, as he has been doing so far in the interest of the Chinese people, but also in the interest of all other nations who wish to preserve their independence and who wish to improve bilateral economic, trade and any other form of cooperation with China," Vucic said. Vucic and Ambassador Li also discussed concrete steps on the realization of joint projects, including the construction of an industrial park in Belgrade and the completion of highway sections, built by Chinese companies, according to a statement from Vucic's office. Ambassador Li said that Chinese companies were greatly interested in future investment projects in Serbia, including the rehabilitation of a landfill in Nis.


BELGRADE, 12 March 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met on March 12 with representatives of China's Zijin company, interested in a strategic partnership with the RTB Bor and an investment worth several hundred million dollars. President Vucic thanked the representatives of the Chinese company for their interest in forging a strategic partnership with the RTB Bor, which only confirms growing interest among Chinese companies in investing in Serbia, the Office of the Serbian President reported. Vucic said that Zijin was welcome to take part in the next tender, which the Serbian government planned to publish in the first half of the year, given the traditional friendship between the two states. The Zijin Mining Group's delegates said they had prepared serious development plans for the RTB Bor and the region at large, with the intention of investing several hundred million dollars in the modernization and restructuring of the company, which would be organized in line with leading international standards. Zijin is one of China's largest gold producers, the world's second largest copper ore producer, and the third zinc producer. The Group's plan is to become a leading international mining company by striking a balance between its own development goals, environmental protection, remuneration for employees and investors and the well-being of the communities in which it operates. The meeting was attended by the Chinese ambassador to Belgrade, Li Manchang.
Serbian Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic said earlier that the candidates for RTB Bor's strategic partner would be companies ready to provide a capital boost for the Serbian mine worth $300 million to $330 million. The minister said the state would retain a share of the company, not necessarily a majority stake. The plan is to ensure considerable investment in the RTB Bor's new mines, increase copper production based on its own raw materials to 80,000 tons a year, and to maintain the existing employment rate. Minister Antic said that Chinese, Russian and Canadian companies had expressed interest in the sale. The RTB mining complex is currently in the black, and is one of Serbia's 15 largest exporters.


BELGRADE, 12 March 2018 (Beta) - One of the conclusions at a meeting between Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Minister of Finance Dusan Vujovic and the International Monetary Fund's delegation was that the new Policy Coordination Instrument could be a good mode of cooperation and support to Serbia, because financial assistance wouldn't be needed as Serbia had successfully implemented a reform agenda, creating stable public finances. The Serbian government reported that the two ministers and the IMF mission had summed up the results of an arrangement with the IMF that ended recently, discussing the latest macroeconomic and fiscal trends as well. They also noted that January's encouraging macroeconomic indicators proved that growing GDP rates were possible if Serbia continued to implement structural reforms. Unlike the past three years, focused on a precautionary stand-by arrangement, the talks were centered on economic priorities in the coming period, supposed to solidify the results of the reforms, and ensure sustainable economic growth in the long run. At the meeting with the IMF delegation, headed by James Rouf, economic policy measures, institutional and structural were discussed for Serbia to join a group of Europe's leading states as soon as possible.


BELGRADE, 12 March 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian speaker, Maja Gojkovic, attended the inauguration of Chile's new president, Miguel Juan Sebastian Pinera, it says in a March 12 press release. Maja Gojkovic attended the ceremonial assumption of presidential duties, as well as a reception hosted by President Pinera. The Serbian speaker conveyed to the new Chilean president the congratulations from his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, inviting Pinera to visit Serbia, confident that the two states would continue to develop friendly relations. Gojkovic had a series of fringe meetings with presidents and top-ranking officials to discuss the development of cooperation, including the Bolivian and Equadorian presidents, Evo Morales and Lenin Moreno, respectively.