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SERBIA

BRNABIC MEETS WITH PARLIAMENT SPEAKER OF GHANA

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on May 30 spoke with the Ghanaian Parliament Speaker Aaron Mike Oquaye about improving relations between the two countries through economic and cultural cooperation, the PM's office announced. Brnabic expressed gratitude to Ghana for its willingness to reconsider its decision to recognize the independence of Kosovo and said the Serbian government was prepared to secure scholarships for students from Ghana, who would study in Serbia within the World in Serbia program. Oquaye voiced pleasure with the opportunity to visit Serbia and Belgrade, which hosted the first conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, whose founding included the first president of independent Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.

BRNABIC MEETS WITH PARLIAMENT SPEAKER OF GUINEA-BISSAU

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic had talks on May 30 with the president of the National People's Assembly of Guinea-Bissau, Cipriano Cassama, about improving bilateral and economic cooperation, the PM's office announced. The press release notes that Brnabic said Serbia had implemented difficult reforms in the past few years "to ensure economic stability and had become a competitive market," and that Serbia was now "much stronger and more stable, strategically oriented toward the European Union, but stable enough to renew its ties with traditionally friendly states like Guinea-Bissau." She added that the Serbian government would find a way to ensure as many scholarships as possible for students from Guinea-Bissau. The statement also quoted Cassama as saying that "the purpose of his visit was to convey a message of support from Guinea-Bissau to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia" and "stress the fact that his country fully respected Resolution 1244 of the United Nations." He also said he had used this visit to Serbia to talk to Serbian entrepreneurs, with whom he considered the possibilities and areas of future cooperation.

BRNABIC AND GERMAN TRADE BOARD DISCUSS TRAINING OF YOUNG CADRES IN SERBIA

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic had talks in Belgrade on May 30 with the director of the German Board of Trade for the East, Michael Harms, about German companies' support to the education and training of young cadres in Serbia. According to a statement by the office of the prime minister, Brnabic said she was pleased with the fact that political relations between Serbia and Germany were characterized by increasingly intense political and economic cooperation. She said an important task of the government was the improvement of the rule of law and the legal framework for securing conditions that are as stable as possible for the operation of German and other foreign, but also domestic businesses in Serbia, and that she was pleased German partners had recognized these efforts. Harms, who is paying a visit to Serbia with a delegation of the Board, commended the Serbian government's reform successes and the efforts it is investing in the education and creation of better conditions for young people in Serbia. She said the organization could provide significant assistance through education projects and networking for young experts, which German trade offers to countries of the Western Balkans.

BRNABIC: SERBIA IS ATTRACTIVE FOR INVESTORS

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated in Belgrade on May 30 that a lot had been done for the business environment in Serbia to be attractive for foreign investors and that continued reforms would contribute to an even better environment and to the arrival of new investments. "Through good business conditions, Serbia is attempting to enable investments not only in Serbia, but in the entire region," Ana Brnabic said at the opening of the third business forum "France-Balkans 2018" in the Metropol hotel. In her words, "all business roads lead to Serbia". According to the prime minister, French companies have invested more than EUR800 million in Serbia from 2010 to 2018 and employ 11,000 people. Serbia's total trade with France exceeded one billion euros in 2017, which is 12 percent more than the year before and, in the same period, Serbia's exports to France increased by 17 percent, Ana Brnabic said. She stated that French companies in Serbia had two major investments in the Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla, which will be managed by France's Vinci for the next 25 years, and the public-private partnership between the City of Belgrade and the French-Japanese consortium in the construction of the landfill in Vinca. The "France-Balkans 2018" business forum rallies more than 400 business people from France, Serbia and several countries of South East Europe.

STEFANOVIC DISCUSSES POLICE COOPERATION WITH KEEFE

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met with British Ambassador to Serbia Denis Keefe on May 30 and discussed cooperation between the two countries' police forces in the fight against terror and organized crime, the Serbian ministry said in a press release. The collocutors described that cooperation as very good. Stefanovic and Keefe weighed the Serbian Interior Ministry's contribution within the Berlin Process, especially to the struggle with trafficking in human beings and the illegal drug trade, but also information exchange. Stefanovic said preserving peace and stability in Serbia and the region was the priority for his department, and that all its employees were committed to making Serbia a safer place to live.

KUBUROVIC, ITALIAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSS SUPPORT TO SERBIA'S INTEGRATION, RULE OF LAW

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic and Italian Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio met in Belgrade on May 30 and discussed the two countries' cooperation in the field of the judiciary and the further development of relations. According to the statement by the Justice Ministry, Lo Cascio said the two countries had a long tradition of partnership and friendship, and that Italy would continue to provide concrete support to the Serbian government in European integration and in establishing the rule of law. "We have always been the greatest advocates of Serbia's EU membership, even when others were skeptical. Our support continues and that is visible in our cooperation," Lo Cascio said. Kuburovic and Lo Cascio concurred that cooperation between Serbia and Italy was exceptional and that there was practically no field in which the two states did not cooperate. Kuburovic said the Justice Ministry paid special attention to the reform of the judiciary and that draft amendments to the Constitution had been sent to the Venice Commission, whose opinion would be fully respected. As an example of good cooperation between Italy and Serbia, the justice minister cited the twinning project of the Serbian and Italian anti-corruption agencies, and the fact that the Italian anti-mafia prosecutor would visit Serbia in June this year.

NEDIMOVIC, GUINEA-BISSAU DELEGATION ON ADVANCING AGRICULTURAL COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Branislav Nedimovic met with a parliamentary delegation from Guinea-Bissau on May 30 and discussed advancing agricultural cooperation. Nedimovic thanked the delegation of Guinea-Bissau for their country's support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, especially as regards the stance on Kosovo, the ministry said in a press release. In terms of agricultural cooperation, Serbia's grain production technology is of particular interest to Guinea-Bissau, the press release read further. The officials therefore agreed to convey the grain production technology to the greatest extent possible, in cooperation with Serbian institutes, so Guinea-Bissau can reduce its dependency on import. Nedimovic particularly stressed that Serbia was ready for a new penetration of the North and West African markets, as it is more competitive in price and quality, according to him, than other European countries at this time. The delegation of Guinea-Bissau expressed interest in obtaining Serbian tractors and machinery. According to the statement, the Serbian side voiced readiness to accept Guinea-Bissau's proposal to educate students and agronomists from the African nation at Serbian universities.

SERBIAN AND MONTENEGRIN FOREIGN MINISTRIES HOLD CONSULTATIONS

BELGRADE, 30 May 2018 (Beta) - Bilateral political consultations of the foreign ministries of Serbia and Montenegro were held in Belgrade on May 30. They discussed property, legal and other status issues, strengthening cooperation between the two ministries' diplomatic academies, the state of bilateral relations and the situation in South East Europe, stated the Serbian Foreign Ministry. During the consultations, the participants declared readiness for the further improvement of bilateral relations and cooperation and agreed to hold a new round of consultations soon. During the first part, the consultations were headed by the general secretaries of the Serbian and Montenegrin ministries, Veljko Odalovic and Veselin Sukovic, and during the second, by the deputy assistant minister of Serbia, Ambassador Tamara Rastovac-Siamasvili, and the director for bilateral issues of the Montenegrin ministry, Ivan Lekovic.

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