Selaković called on Slovak companies to invest in Serbia

28. Oct 2021.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Selaković, participated in a round table in Bratislava, which was attended by representatives of business associations from Slovakia, Slovak companies operating in our country, as well as companies that want to invest in Serbia.

The Minister conveyed to the representatives of 18 Slovak companies that he had very good meetings with the prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs, and pointed out that it had been agreed that a serious business forum would be organized in Serbia at the beginning of next year. He added that Serbian and Slovak businessmen will participate in it, as well as representatives of the Development Agency of Serbia, Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He informed businessmen about the successes of Serbia's economic reforms in the past seven years. He pointed out that, according to the latest data, the Serbian economy will grow by 7.5 percent this year, emphasizing that this is the result of a serious and strategically projected policy of President Vučić and the Government of Serbia. He added that Serbia is now the first in the world in terms of attracting foreign direct investments, per capita.

Selaković pointed out that he is only one of the ministers in the Government of Serbia who is guided by the example of the policy of our president, who 7 years ago began to seriously change Serbia. He reminded that our economy was on the verge of collapse and that the most difficult economic measures in our recent history were implemented at that time.

On this occasion, Selaković introduced Slovak businessmen with the comparative advantages of investing in Serbia and invited them to invest. He stated that our advantages are: quality workforce, especially in the areas of modern technology and IT, quality infrastructure and administrative capacity – and that is the Development Agency of Serbia.

"Every investor interested in investing in Serbia gets their personal clerk who is in charge of solving all administrative procedures for starting a business for the needs of investors", Selaković said, adding that this led to the maximum reduction of corruption.

Also, the Minister pointed out that Serbia has free trade agreements with the EU, the Russian Federation, Eurasian Union member states, Turkey and CEFTA, adding that we have 13 duty-free economic zones, and that the Pirot zone has the largest annual turnover in Europe of 780 million euros.

After this meeting, Selaković talked with the president of the Slovak Association of Exporters about the possibilities of intensifying cooperation.