NIKOLIC MEETS WITH CHINESE COMPANY REPS
BELGRADE, 6 February 2017 (Beta) - Serbia is fertile soil for Chinese investment, as many Chinese companies have found for themselves, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Feb. 6 in talks with a delegation from the Jiangsu Nantong San Jian Construction Group. "Serbia is today a country with which it is much easier to do business and work on common projects than before, owing first of all to the clear and responsible policy the state has had for five years, our resolve to continue to mold it according to the standards of the most developed states of the world and the fact that we have reached customs-free deals with a large portion of mankind," Nikolic stressed. He recalled that Serbia and China had inked a deal on strategic partnership, the likes of which "many states in the world can only dream," the president's office said in a press release. The statement quoted Nikolic as inviting representatives of the Chinese company to invest in Serbia and use the market as a stronghold in the further expansion of business toward Europe. Chairman of the Chinese corporation Huang Yu Hui said the company considered acceptable Nikolic's proposal to expand business across Europe from Serbia, and stressed that the company would like to work together with Serbia in sports and culture too, the press release reads. The Jiangsu Nantong San Jian Construction Group is among China's top 500 companies, with offices in 34 countries. Its main business branches are construction, electronic, finance and real-estate sales.
STEFANOVIC, CHEPURIN ON BOOSTING SECURITY COOPERATION
BELGRADE, 6 February 2017 (Beta) - Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met on Feb. 6 with Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin, to discuss ways to boost cooperation in the field of security and combating organized crime. The two officials said that there was room to expand cooperation between the Serbian Interior Ministry and the Russian Federal Security Service through the training of Serbian ministry's special units, according to a news release from the ministry. They also discussed the upcoming visit by a delegation of the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service, planned for May this year.
RED CROSS OF SERBIA MARKS 141st ANNIVERSARY
BELGRADE, 6 February 2017 (Beta) - The Red Cross of Serbia on Feb. 6 marked its 141st anniversary at an event in Belgrade, presenting the results of its humanitarian activities in 2016, in the presence of representatives of the diplomatic corps and the organization's staff. President Dragan Radovanovic said that the organization's main force consisted of more than 60,000 trained volunteers, adding that more than 8,000 young people were volunteering on a daily basis. Radovanovic took the opportunity to thank the army of volunteers for their valuable contribution in alleviating human suffering, and for the great strength which 60,000 courageous hearts were giving to the organization and Serbian society. He further said that the Red Cross of Serbia was today helping out in a new and unprecedented humanitarian situation regarding migrants from far away countries, for whom the Red Cross had provided more than 2,100,000 rations. Radovanovic also presented numerous drives conducted in 2016.