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.
The Government is open to the idea of including the civil sector in its administrative work and unburdening the administration, which is the trend in the developed world. NALED is a positive example, having developed the e-permit software with help from donors and then handed it over to the state. This was a great help, and other organisations are certainly able to contribute to the common good in the same way.
Fostering eGovernment development, NALED has initiated a systematic approach with strong coordination of all stakeholders - the state, businesses and the civil sector - in implementing reforms in this area. Global experiences show that eGovernment can save up to two per cent of a country’s GDP – in Serbia, this amounts to around €600 million a year
For the past fifteen years, I have had the privilege of being engaged in growing civil society in the region and understanding how active and caring citizens gathered together in associations drive the development of their communities and countries
“Establishing a Common Framework for Operations in Southeast Europe” organised by the Republika Srpska Representative Office in Serbia and NALED, under the auspices of the “Days of Srpska in Serbia” event
Working lunch for NALED members and partners with Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, attended by almost 200 domestic and foreign business leaders, mayors, representatives of the international community and members of the diplomatic corps
In a country in which a medium-sized bank prints 11 million papers a year, the retail chain spends 150,000 euros on the storage of documentation, shelves of state institutions reach length of several tens of kilometers, and citizens have to bring payment slips at the counters to prove that they paid the fee, the only way out from bureaucracy is the development of e-government
In a country where a medium-sized bank prints 11 million papers a year, a retail chain spends €150,000 on storing documents, shelves in state institutions reach into dozens of kilometers, and ordinary people have to show pay slips at official counters to prove that they have paid the fee, the only way out of bureaucracy is the development of e-business
Obligatory gender quotas for the number of women in managerial positions both in the public administration and in business have proven the most effective way of achieving a gender balance in developed countries, in economic, political and social spheres
New Action plan for 2017 and 2018 envisages an increase in the number of measures and the intensifying of the activities of relevant institutions aimed at reducing the volume of illicit trade, undeclared work and tax evasion
Every year around 80,000 Serbians find themselves in a field, orchard, farm or greenhouse, performing agricultural work as a seasonal labour force. For some this serves as a side job, while others see it as their only source of income. What all of them have in common is that their work goes unregistered
NALED is the first organisation to truly succeed in consolidating and synchronising the work of the private and public sectors and to ensure that its main objective is comprehensive and commonly accepted: to create a business-friendly environment that will provide a better life for all Serbia
The first three presidents of NALED’s Managing Board agree that NALED’s greatest successes were to become a partner of the Serbian Government in implementing reforms, to raise the awareness of the public and decision-makers about the importance of dialogue, and to harmonise the interests of different parts of society
The issue of competitiveness has to be one of the priorities of any government agenda, especially this new one, since it is crucial for the regional 'game'…because there is no successful economy without it, here or anywhere else", says our interviewee Goran Pitić, Ph.D, when we put it to him that he is "the staunchest advocate for higher compet¬itiveness of Serbian products and fair competition".