Monday, January 21, 2019

Goran Pekez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JBAS

Serbia an Important Developing Market

Zorana Mihajlović Ph.d., Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure

Are We Facing a New Decade of Reform?

Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia

Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia

Solution for Kosovo and Resolution 1244 Inseparable

H.E. Amr Aljowaily Ambassador of Egypt to Serbia

Rich History, Bright Future

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

We Want to Learn More About Serbia

Current Issues

Danijela Čabarkapa, JBAS Executive Director

We’re Ready to Share Our Experiences

Our aim is to increase the involvement of Japanese business circles in the creation and further improvement of conditions for doing business in Serbia by providing recommendations and examples of the successful practises of JBAS members, as well as Japan itself.

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

Investors Recognise Us as an Attractive Destination

The Development Agency of Serbia (RAS) has around a hundred active projects at any given moment, which confirms the fact that Serbia is an extremely attractive investment destination. At the same time, there is a growing number of foreign investments that imply the transfer of higher-level technology. In the period ahead, RAS will continue to work intensively on the inclusion of local companies in international supply chains.

Focus: Start-ups

When Can We Expect the First Serbian Unicorn?

This autumn saw American software cloud company Nutanix acquire Serbian- American start-up Frame for 165 million dollars, representing the most expensive acquisition of a Serbian start-up to date. As some believe, if everything goes well, Frame represents the first ‘unicorn’ to come from Serbia. But is this a one-off or a sign of a growing start-up community in the country?

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

Adir El Al, CEO of AFI Serbia

Business Philosophy of Simplicity

The most beautiful solutions are simple – a philosophy of success

Dejan Savić, Head Coach of the Serbia Men’s National Water Polo Team

Guardian Of Sport’s Culture

I watched Dejan Savić throughout this entire playing career. From the age of 14 (1989), when Ratko Rudić gave him a chance in the Partizan first team and thus opened the door to him, as an extraordinary talent, all the way until 2010, when he retired from playing while at Red Star. He played in Spain, Italy and Russia, earning a great many friends everywhere. Alongside that, from the first to the 444th match for the national team, so many stories adorned with trophies, medals and individual awards

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

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

New Strategy for a New Era

Recognising that businesses have life cycles that are influenced by environmental and other factors, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) will re-profile its portfolio by proactively demonstrating the company’s strengths through the implementation of its mid-term corporate strategy by 2021

Hideya Kobayashi, Chief Representative, Balkan Office, JICA

We Want to Contribute to Serbian Society

As of 2019, JICA will launch a new programme in which Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, young and energetic Japanese youngsters, will work with Serbian people in the local community on rural development, disaster prevention and support for people living with disabilities. I would take this opportunity to ask the Serbian people to provide a warm welcome for these young people

Airport City - The “Film Set” Exhibition

When Business Creates Art

The “Film set” exhibition offered original photos of our most famous actors produced in only one copy and featuring their signature- all revenue intended for FDU

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

New Goals for a New Year!

Resolutions for the Most Successful Year

A new year is a fresh beginning, so new goals naturally fuel your thoughts. Resolutions can be intimidating, but we can take action to achieve those goals by taking on some suggestions as guidance.

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

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”

Mladen Vukanac, General Manager, Sauter Building Control Serbia

Never Compromise on Quality

The Serbian market is capable of recognising quality, and were it not so Sauter wouldn’t have survived this long on the market

Biljana Tomović, BMI Country Managing Director for Serbia and Montenegro

World’s Largest Roofing & Waterproofing Business

BMI is the only company on a global level providing solutions for both pitched and flat roofs

Christos Alexopoulos Ph.d., College of Applied Health Studies, Ćuprija

Education as a Business – Foreign students’ economic contribution

In this anniversary year that marks the 20th year of the existence of the College of Applied Health Studies in Ćuprija, we spoke with the college’s director and professor of vocational studies, Christos Alexopoulos Ph.D.

Ljiljana Karaklajić, Owner and Director of Enterprise “d Express”, Belgrade

Pioneer in Express Parcel Deliveries

As the owner and director of company “D Express”, which represents a leader in courier services in Serbia, Ljiljana Karaklajić is the only female owner of a courier service in Europe, and she currently employs 1,105 workers and boasts more than 19,000 registered clients. Although many doubted the potential of this work, Ljiljana showed the opposite to be the case, and this is the most common disrupting principle when it comes to female entrepreneurship – doubts and a lack of support from the community

Art / Exhibitions

Glass Art: Art Without Limits

There’s no doubt that stained-glass practises created the first significant glass artworks, with stained glass makers paving the way for the emergence of different glass techniques and styles. Most commonly associated with medieval cathedrals and 19th Century stained glass makers, this technique has been used for different expressions since the beginning of the 20th Century, while these expressions and practises have introduced glass art to the world of fine and modern art

Fashion

The Time for Skiing Has Arrived!

Spending time in snow, or rather – to be more precise – on ski slopes, does not exclude considerations of style. It's important that you feel warm and comfortable, but there's no reason not to look good at the same time. Indeed, when it comes to sports, style often seems more important than skill. Skiing could also be included in such sports, at least when it comes to recreational skiers.

H.E. Subrata Bhattacharjee, Ambassador of India to Serbia

Sharing Common Views

Both countries agreed to cooperate closely in various multilateral fora

India and Serbia

Forging a Deeper Friendship

Indian Vice President H.E. M. Venkaiah Naidu’s official visit to Serbia, from 14th to 16th September 2018, stands as testimony to the strong historical relationship shared between these two friendly nations

Dates: 1st – 15th February 2019

Surajkund International Crafts Mela (Fair)

A splash of colour, the rhythm of drum beats and joie de vivre come together at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana (India), during the first fortnight of February every year.

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

Centrosinergija

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

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

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...

The Day Worthy of a Century – 1 XII 1918

Until 28 April 2019, Palace of Serbia

CCFS workshop: Work and Taxation for Foreigners in Serbia

29 Jan. 2019, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Danube Business Center

Milorad Milinković, Director, Screenwriter, Quiz Show Chaser, Football Commentator

We’re Living in Tech-noir

Milorad Milinković is shooting a television series called Kljun [Beak], which he says will be Panonian film-noir, based on a clash of mentalities

Art / Exhibitions

Glass Art: Art Without Limits

There’s no doubt that stained-glass practises created the first significant glass artworks, with stained glass makers paving the way for the emergence of different glass techniques and styles. Most commonly associated with medieval cathedrals and 19th Century stained glass makers, this technique has been used for different expressions since the beginning of the 20th Century, while these expressions and practises have introduced glass art to the world of fine and modern art

Dates: 1st – 15th February 2019

Surajkund International Crafts Mela (Fair)

A splash of colour, the rhythm of drum beats and joie de vivre come together at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana (India), during the first fortnight of February every year.

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
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