Saturday, December 15, 2018

H.E. Junichi Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia

We Want to Learn More About Serbia

Naoki Tsukada, General Manager of the Mitsubishi Corporation's Belgrade Liaison Office

New Strategy for a New Era

Danijela Čabarkapa, JBAS Executive Director

We’re Ready to Share Our Experiences

Atsuko Shiotani, Economic Attaché at the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade

Promising Tide

Hideya Kobayashi, Chief Representative, Balkan Office, JICA

We Want to Contribute to Serbian Society

Radoš Gazdić, Acting Director of the Development Agency of Serbia (RAS)

Investors Recognise Us as an Attractive Destination

Goran Pekez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JBAS

Serbia an Important Developing Market

Current Issues

Satoshi Abe, General Director of the JETRO Vienna Office

Japanese Companies Ready to Discover Serbia & See

While some prominent Japanese companies already operate in Serbia, huge potential for further cooperation has yet to be explored. The investments by Yazaki and Mayekawa were a good start and today many Japanese companies are carefully watching how successful they are in Serbia. In efforts to provide more information to potential Japanese FDI, Serbian can learn from the Czech example

Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia

Solution for Kosovo and Resolution 1244 Inseparable

Russia will support the decision that Serbia considers acceptable for itself. If Belgrade is satisfied with the delineation with Kosovo’s Albanians, I see no reason for objections from Moscow. The decision should be taken without blackmailing Belgrade, on the basis of and with respect for Resolution 1244, which fixes the territorial allegiance of Kosovo to Serbia – Alexander Chepurin

Martina Larkin, Head of Europe and Eurasia, World Economic Forum

Yes, The Western Balkans Can Leapfrog The Digital Divide

With an agenda focused on producing firm commitments towards common goals, there is considerable expectation that, by the next time the Western Balkan leaders meet in Davos in 2019, they will already take some important steps towards forging a new regional strategy for transformation that's in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of the CoE Office in Belgrade

Concern Over Harassment and Intimidation of Journalists

The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights previously noted numerous concerns regarding the deteriorating situation for the work of journalists and the media. According to Tobias Flessenkemper, “Politicians are urged to unequivocally condemn all cases of violence targeting journalists who play such a crucial watchdog role in society”

Regina De Dominicis, Unicef Representative in Serbia

Children at Risk of Poverty, Young Unemployed

Statistics show that 9.5% of children in Serbia live in absolute poverty, while 30% of children under five don’t have three children’s books at home. Young people are experiencing challenges in health, education, employment and protection, so we will work on strengthening meaningful learning outcomes, improving access to life and digital skills, employability and active citizenship – Regina De Dominicis

Focus: Healthcare

Money For Nothing?

The number of Serbian citizens who rate their personal health as being bad or very bad is twice the average of EU member states. Simultaneously, indicators that could monitor the quality of health, comparable to European and global criteria, are often non-existent or are monitored in Serbia in a way that is incomparable with those parameters

Vesna Brzev-Ćurčić, Training Psychoanalyst and Supervisor Medical Psychology Specialist

Growing Up in Serbia

Young people are becoming consumers, resulting in less creativity and active participation in life unless it's creativity in solving video games and posts on social networks

Boris Miljković, Creative director of Serbian National Television (RTS)

No Room to Create the New

Boris Bota Miljković's artistic video works have been exhibited at New York's MoMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston

NELT: 25 Years of Successful Operations

Investments Ensure Success

The Nelt Group, one of Serbia's most successful domestic business systems today, employs 4,000 people in 11 companies on as many markets in Southeast Europe and Africa. As a leader in the provision of state-of-the-art distribution and logistics services, the Nelt Group will realise consolidated net gains of €930 million in 2018

Muamer Ragipović, Executive Director for SEE at Eyemaxx

To European Standards

New large scale construction in Novi Banovci by EYEMAXX Logistic Centre Belgrade will enable leaseholders to expand their storage capacities

Dejan Tubić, Director, Holleman Transport

Wind Turbines on the Roads Of Europe

Over 2,000 wind generators transported throughout the continent of Europe are our specialty

Nebojša Radić, Director of Logistic House

Trust Is the Most Important Factor

In our business, it is still much more important to have stable, solid and amiable cooperation and business relations with our clients and partners, who are agents and owners of transport vehicles


Cost-Effective and Eco-Friendly Distribution

As one of the most successful distribution and logistics companies operating on the Serbian market, Centrosinergija works continuously to improve its quality of services...

Mihailo Janković, CEO of Nectar

20 Years of Nectar: Two Decades Of Family Success

From a small family business established in 1998 to a regional leader in the production of fruit juices in 2018, NECTAR has undergone a 20-year journey and marks its jubilee with impressive results: more than a billion euros of gross value added in Serbia since its establishment, 5,500 jobs in its value system and a large number of brands - all under the slogan “It does matter”

10th Anniversary of PRIMA International School

Each one, Teach one

PRIMA International School of Belgrade has been offering for the past ten years the best of a British and international education in a nurturing setting that is safe and stimulating for all families seeking the highest quality education for their children.

Marijana Vasilescu, CEO, Sberbank Srbija a.d. (JSC)

Market Demands Continuous Advancement

“Sberbank is among the youngest banks on the Serbian market and we have a huge obligation to contribute, through constant innovations and improvements, to the stability and strengthening of Sberbank in this part of Europe”

Bane Spasović, Mayor of Požarevac

City of Great Potential

I'm sure that we'll attract “major players” again, with the strengthening of infrastructure, and that process is underway.

Comment by Boško Jakšić

Joyless Bosnia

The recent elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina provided new confirmation that there can be no inter-ethnic cooperation and multiculturalism while three constituent nations lead political parties that are based on pure nationalism, instead of on political programmes and ideas

H.E. Orla O’Hanrahan, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to Serbia, Greece and Albania

We Meet Challenges by Finding New Business Opportunities

In an op ed H.E. Orla O Hanrahan, ambassador of Ireland discuss how the country is preparing for Brexit, speaks about the Irish approach to assuring efficiency and competitiveness of the national economy and lays out the possibilities for cooperation between Ireland and Serbia in finance, enterprise and telecommunication technology, construction service, and agriculture technology.

Focus: Serbia’s Industrial Policy

Focus: Let the Right One In

Business as usual is not an option for Serbia and the Western Balkans, which is why the new industrial policy should be sectorspecific and rely on new policy measures

Dr Harald Mahrer, President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Our Partnership is Strong & Fruitful

Chambers of commerce play a crucial role in helping businesses adapt to the new demands of the market economy. The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and its Serbian counterpart are cooperating successfully to help domestic companies find a well-trained workforce and address challenges stemming from the digital revolution

Marko Čadež, President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Serbia, CCIS

We Have Excellent Cooperation That’s Mutually Beneficial

It is in the greatest interest of the Serbian economy for Austrian companies to continue investing in Serbia, for us to attract as much investment as possible in the production- and export-orientated export sectors and high-tech investments, such as Zumtobel in Niš

Erika Teoman-Brenner, Austrian Commercial Counsellor

Austria and Serbia: Many Opportunities Ahead

The forthcoming visit of Austrian President Dr Alexander Van der Bellen and a high-level business delegation will offer a new opportunity for companies and institutions from our two countries to further forge their cooperation.

Dejan Turk, CEO of Vip Mobile and A1 Slovenija

Support for Society’s Digital Transformation

We believe in the potential of this market, and our greatest contribution to Serbia's technological advancement is in encouraging digitalisation

Johannes Irschik, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum and President of EUNIC

We Support Serbia’s European Dimension

Our main mission is to promote contemporary Austrian art and culture, as well as to foster cultural and scientific exchange

Jelena Knežević, Certified Auditor, Managing Director, Leitnerleitner

High Quality Services Are a Key Factor

In our business approach we use Austria as a best-practise example whenever possible in providing our services to clients, stresses Jelena Knežević, certified auditor and managing director at LeitnerLeitner, speaking for this CorD special edition

Miljen Kreka Kljaković, Production Designer

Imagining on a Given Topic

"I primarily like to deal with historical themes in which we have to reconstruct places and times that no longer exist and are far behind us"

Yusaku Maezawa

Japan’s Corporate Enfant Terrible

Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire. According to Forbes, his net worth is approximately $2.9 billion as of September 2018. Most of his net worth comes from founding Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Zozotown. He’s #18 on Forbe’s list of Japan’s 50 Richest in 2018, and he’s #822 out of all billionaires in 2018

Đorđe Milutinović, Štark Arena Advisor

The Promoter

Placido Domingo, Sting, Jose Carreras, Nick Cave, Nigel Kennedy, Tom Jones, BB King, Chick Korea, Paco de Lucia, Ray Charles, James Brown, Julio Iglesias, Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, Bryan Ferry, Joe Cocker… these are just some of the hundreds of foreign and local artists that I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of promoting in Belgrade during past decades working as the head of the Sava Centre concert agency and director of the Belgrade Arena

Marko Čadež and Safet Gërxhaliu, WB6

Western Balkan Six Chamber Investment Forum, Businesspeople Will Unify the Region

Although the establishment of the Chamber Investment Forum has shown itself to be a great move that's yielding tangible results in terms of increases level of trade and business cooperation, support from the governments of the region remains insufficient. We see one possible solution to this in the establishment of ministries for regional cooperation within each government, just as Nordic countries have regional cooperation ministers

Rumal of Chamba: The Embroidered Expressions of Pahari Women

The Embassy of India in Belgrade and the National Assembly of Serbia, in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, is organising an art exhibition “Rumals of Chamba: Embroidered Expressions of Pahari Women” at the House of National National Assembly Read more

Wall Street equity traders to get biggest bonuses in 2018

Equity traders on Wall Street are expected to take home the biggest bonuses this year as a surge in volatility boosted client activity, but...

Facebook Admits PR Attack to George Soros

Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s head of communication and policy, published a blog post detailing the company’s decision to hire Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition...

Gibraltar Spat Holds Up Brexit

Gibraltar is turning into a serious Brexit headache. Even as Theresa May was meeting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels to iron out remaining...

Austria’s Colonel Suspected Of Spying For Russia

The Austrian chancellor and defense minister said the case came to light as a result of information from another European intelligence agency. Relations between Russia...

‘Devil winds’ killed 25 people

Severe hot and dry “devil winds” kicked up on Sunday, November 11th in fire ravaged Southern California and more winds were expected in the...

Indonesian Jet Crashed Killing All 189 People on Board

Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said on today the airspeed indicator was damaged for the last four flights of the Boeing Co. 737...

Spain - Contemporary Art

Modern-Day Conquest of the Contemporary Art World

It does not come as a surprise to anyone that Spain has an extraordinary art heritage, with masters such as Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya hailing from the country. But Spain doesn’t have to be too attached to its past when it comes to art, as it also has many contemporary achievements: its new centres, galleries and museums for contemporary art are praised as being some of the best in the world. Here we explore three of these fantastic art venues, in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona

Boris Miljković, Creative director of Serbian National Television (RTS)

No Room to Create the New

Boris Bota Miljković's artistic video works have been exhibited at New York's MoMA and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston

Nordic Challenges

World’s Happiest People

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland (collectively the Nordic countries) have a combination of high living standards and low income disparity that has captured the world’s attention. At a time when the growing gap between the rich and poor has become a political hot button in developed nations, the region known as Scandinavia has been cited by many scholars as a role model for economic opportunity and equality


The Most Enchanting Spots To Watch The Sunset

Berlin has lots to offer by day and by night, but the moments of sunset might be the most breathtaking. Berlin is not Barcelona, Miami or Rio. Most of the year the weather is poor. Berlinians don´t have beaches to hang out and they have to pack all their outdoor activities into some short weeks a year

How To Choose The Wine That Suits You Best

In Vino Veritas

Often, many of us are caught in a situation where we are looking at a wine list, wanting to order a particular kind of wine, but without knowing what to look for. But to learn the basic knowledge necessary to order wine, it is enough to be familiar with just nine wine styles