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EBRD event in Sarajevo: WB countries to focus on market-oriented economy

Meeting of governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Photo: Twitter / @Zoran_Zaev

SARAJEVO – The annual meeting of governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Sarajevo was opened today.

Western Balkan leaders, including Montenegro’s President Milo Đukanovic, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev are attending the meeting to discuss regional issues.

EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti opened the meeting by inviting all to focus on the market-oriented economy.

“Everyone needs to move towards the same vision, to be constructive and progressive”, stated Chakrabarti.

He especially welcomed the fact the leaders from the region are attending the meeting. EBRD President especially addressed to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia stating that if he could, he would give him the Nobel Prize.

Director-General for EU Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson strongly welcomed the meeting by telling it is a great opportunity to promote the region’s economic development.

“Great line-up of Western Balkans leaders at the EBRD annual meeting. Very glad that BiH is hosting this important event. An opportunity to promote the region’s economic development opportunities. EU strongly supports necessary reforms to strengthen the WB’s attractivity”, wrote Danielsson.

During the discussion at the EBRD Sarajevo forum, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the countries of the region should lead a constant dialogue on the most difficult and most complex issues, reports N1.

Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev pointed out that there was a talk with the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans about intensifying the co-operation of regional projects and the importance and role of the EBRD as an important partner of the Western Balkan countries in fulfilling these goals.

“We aim to create a region of open and free trade of goods, services and investments which will also be our preparation for our participation in the single market of the European Union”, underlined Zaev

The Co-chair of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizvić welcomed all the participants with the hope his country would be seen as a good investment opportunity, reports N1.

“We are in the phase where we all agree about the things that need to be done in the region, but at the same time we realize it is easier to say it than to do it”, stated the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama.

Rama underlines that it is clear that if we want to work regionally we need free trade and a single market and that problems are in the small things, N1 reports.

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