Accelerated reforms, particularly those in the area of improving the business climate, ensure that the opinions of business associations are more important than ever. The increasingly open and constructive dialogue between the government and business leaders, which also resulted in Serbia making continuous progress on the World Bank’s ’Doing Business’ list, compelled us to set aside space in the New Year’s edition of CorD for the comments of presidents of chambers of commerce and organisations, business clubs and associations that bring together members of industry, NGOs and representatives of the local community.
Under the auspices of the Greek Embassy in Belgrade, the Hellenic Business Association of Serbia in collaboration with the University of Belgrade organizes a three-month program of practice for students in the companies –members of the Association.
The crisis provides an incentive to Greek investors to seek markets where they could expand their activities. In this sense, Serbia is becoming more attractive as there is finally clear consensus in the country on the importance of attracting foreign investors in order to reduce unemployment, and, even more importantly, the willingness to put to use their 'knowhow' and to develop a competitive economy.
The Hellenic Business Association today has the largest number of members since its establishment, which is yet more proof that Greek companies have long-term plans for the Serbian market and that they represent a stable economic partner of Serbia.
Since its inception in 2003, the Hellenic Business Association of Serbia, a private, non-government, non-lobbying, non-profit organisation, has been devoted to activities with one ultimate goal – to help the advancement of Greek-Serbian economic relations.
Greek companies have adapted to the crisis and renewed their interest in investing in Serbia. Both countries have initiated several meetings aimed at establishing new cooperation channels and increasing what is currently rather modest trade.