For the first time since they formed part of a common country, Slovenia and Serbia last year exceeded the figure of a billion euros in their bilateral trade exchange, and at the beginning of 2018 Serbia is recording a surplus in this trade, with a large number of Slovenian exporters who invested here contributing to that, but also the agility of domestic companies that are increasingly improving their position on the Slovenian market
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.
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
If there initially existed differences of opinion and resistance, today - nine months on – they are almost insignificant in light of the advantages and benefits that have been brought to companies by the new way of organising the chamber and its functioning as a unique, representative association of all businesspeople and entrepreneurs