An independent judiciary, a trust-based administration free of corruption and, last but not least, the value of having a free media are indispensable pillars for a country that wants to build a stable democracy – says Anders Christian Hougård
It is all about utilising local resources and entrepreneurial spirit, investing in education, intellectual capital, innovations, added value technologies and industries with the goal of creating a thriving and sustainable business environment – Pertti Ikonen
If the leaders of France and Germany can meet for a joint commemoration (The end of World War I), it shouldn’t seem strange for Serbia and Austria to do the same. We already showed in 2014 that it is perfectly possible to address such a seemingly controversial subject in a joint approach with our Serbian counterparts when we organised an Austrian-Serbian exhibition under the slogan “remembering history – creating the future” - Ambassador Johannes Eigner
The signal provided by the European Commission declaring Serbia and Montenegro as the "Front Runners" in a Balkan EU-integration context will serve to accelerate the arrival of foreign investment in Serbia, as well as integrating the country into global trade patterns – Jan Lundin
Comprehensive normalisation (between Serbia and Kosovo) implies that both sides will not undertake actions which might stop or seriously hinder the development of the other. For the development of Kosovo and the region it will be important for it to gradually join international organisations – Axel Dittmann
An economist by training, Swiss Ambassador H.E. Philippe Guex monitors Serbia’s economic reforms with particular attention and claims that the biggest successes in the European integration process have been made on the macroeconomic front.
Relations between the United States and Serbia today are wider and deeper than they have ever been in the 135 years since the U.S. first recognized the Kingdom of Serbia as a sovereign, independent nation
Western Balkan countries which genuinely want to belong to the EU, and share and defend its basic values and political objectives, are being offered ample opportunities for implementing such a policy. The statement by German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, on a “Berlin Process reloaded” is only the latest example of the willingness of the EU and member states to continue extending a helping hand to those committed to the EU project – Leo D’Aes
Postoji dosta snažno mišljenje da je izjava predsednika Evropske komisije (Ž. K. Junker) o zaustavljanju proširenja za vreme njegovog mandata bila prilično nesrećna, s obzirom na to da zemljama Zapadnog Balkana članstvo u EU predstavlja jedinu viziju i najbolju opciju za njihov razvoj. Verujem da će Evropska komisija u novom sastavu imati mudriji pristup – Nj. e. Vladimir Gasparič
Many Japanese people still think Serbia isn’t perfectly safe, due to the wars that the entire Western Balkan region went through in the 1990s. In that sense, the challenge for the Serbian side is to disseminate the correct information on Serbia to Japanese people for the purposes of erasing such a stereotyped image of Serbia. Please be assured that the Embassy of Japan in Serbia is always on your side – Junichi Maruyama
As of recently, Serbia has been able to boast that, thanks to its active foreign investment policy, it has also become an attractive destination for Japanese companies. Also testifying to this is the visit of a JETRO delegation to Serbia after a gap of almost a decade. The occasion of this visit saw the trade sectors and the industries of ICT, construction, energy, chemicals, automotive and food production highlighted as potentially interesting areas for investment
Open discourse between the state and industry is something that has contributed, and will continue to contribute, to improving the business environment in Serbia. Members of the JBAS are renowned companies that are very willing to cooperate with the Serbian Government and contribute to even stronger relations between Japan and Serbia
The Development Agency of Serbia (RAS) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently announced the continuation of their joint project to advise and support the operations of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Serbia
The Japanese Business Alliance in Serbia wants to contribute to promoting Japanese business culture, to support the arrival of new Japanese companies in Serbia and enable the inclusion of the Japanese business community in the creation and improvement of conditions for doing business in Serbia
“We owe our success, among other things, to the applying of the Kaizen business philosophy in our work, which is a specific way of thinking that encourages the creativity of employees, contributing to continuous progress,” explains Azhaiyp Kozhakhmetov, Operations Director at JT International a.d. Senta
Tjhe cultures and traditions of Japan are passed down through stories based on unique regional histories and traditions. The Agency for Cultural Affairs recognises these stories as Japanese Heritage.The Agency aims to revitalise local communities through comprehensive maintenance and utilisation of these attractive tangible and intangible cultural properties and their strategic promotion in Japan and overseas
The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, are planned to be held from 24th July to 9th August 2020 in Tokyo. It will be the second time that Tokyo has hosted the Olympics.
Reversing the corrosive trend of extreme economic inequality is a challenge, and the international community has made significant strides towards raising people out of poverty. To reduce inequality, policies should universally pay attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised populations - Narinder Chauhan
Austria tops the list of countries whose companies invest in Serbia: it ranks first in terms of total foreign direct investment, which totalled three billion euros in the last decade and a half, and third in terms of the number of projects implemented. Around 500 Austrian companies that operate here provide a large contribution to the growth of Serbian exports, which last year recorded a record level of almost 340 million euros
The tenth anniversary of Telenor’s operations in Serbia and the launch of IKEA's business represent not only a symbolic, but also an essential, contribution to the development of business links between Serbia and the Nordic region, and are a powerful signal to potential investors that Serbia is a good place to invest. Partnership relations between the economy and the state would make this cooperation even more successful
Serbia hasn’t been on the radar of mainstream Nordic business, but when it receives the focus it deserves, we predict major growth of interest in terms of trade and investments. The greatest potential for development lies in the IT sector, sustainable development and energy. Cooperation in these fields, as well as adoption of the Nordic business model, will bring many benefits to Serbia
I am the proudest that, as the youngest operator, we have for over a decade held the position of innovators and “challengers”, because in this way we raise the standard and competitiveness of the market, which is always in the interest of end users
With its volcanic mountains, black sand beaches, and number of natural hot springs, Iceland's unique and dramatic landscape was ranked the 8th most beautiful place in the world in the Rough Guides list.
Once considered wicked, today it is the very definition of all things Viennese: the Viennese waltz. The people of Vienna love it, the music - made world famous 150 years ago by waltz king Johann Strauss - as well as as the dance of the same name in three-four time, which is a fixed item at every ball
As part of a global company, LeitnerLeitner Serbia is devoted to aligning practises in CEE with global advisory and accounting standards and best practises in tax counselling, audit and accounting services
After the great success of the German ‘Initiative for Finding Suppliers in the Western Balkans’, AHK is now focused on finding a way to create ‘regional value chains’, creating cooperation between companies across the entire region. Serbian companies selected as suppliers are among the best in the country, able to supply the German market with everything it needs in their line of business
The Austrian apprenticeship combines practical training in a company with schoolbased training in a vocational school. The company-based training is complemented by compulsory attendance of a part-time vocational school for apprentices. This is why apprenticeship training is also referred to as "dual vocational training system" or as "dual system"
Austria has a comprehensive network of libraries: 1,062 municipalities have a library. Hence libraries play a key role in the provision of literature and culture. Moreover, the Public Library Concept “The Library of the Future – The Future of Libraries” demonstrates that they are more than that: libraries are also centres of information and education and they have a social integrative function
Austria remains one of the most popular winter holiday destinations in Europe. According to a survey of the tourism consulting group - IPK International, 47% of the Europeans chose Austria followed by France with 14% and then by Italy and Switzerland with 11% each. The number of overnight stays by international visitors during the winter tourist season in Austria (November2016 to April2017) was 21.9 million
Although he has only been the director of the Goethe-Institut in Belgrade since March, Frank Baumann notes that the Serbian language, Serbia and our culture have been close to him for 12 years, because his wife is a Serb and their three children know our language
“We can say that Leoni Wiring Systems Southeast d.o.o. is one of the highest performing companies within the Leoni world,” says Clemens Sachs, director of Leoni Wiring Systems Southeast, in this interview for CorD
I am very happy to see that industry and education build trust once they know that the government stands behind the dual education process. In the next step, it is important to further develop the main pillars of employment promotion: education and the economy, as well as employment facilitation services
“Our stance has always been to not promote spending, rather actually savings, as a way for citizens to achieve and realise many things in their life,” says Igor Anić, member of the Executive Board of ProCredit Bank, speaking to CorD