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JBAS Activities 2022

March
SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS

On the occasion of the national holiday of Japan, the Emperor’s Birthday, JBAS received a special Ambassador’s award for extraordinary achievements in strengthening ties between Japan and Serbia.

March
KOPAONIK BUSINESS FORUM

As one of the most influential investor community associations, JBAS representatives shared their views on the investment climate in Serbia at the Kopaonik Business Forum. JBAS president Goran Pekez emphasised that Serbia is witnessing a new trend in high-tech, strategic projects worth billions of euros, which places the country directly at the centre of top global investment destinations.

March
ILLUMINATIONS IN THE COLOURS OF JAPAN

The governments of our two countries, which have been building good relations throughout their long history, commemorated the 140th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Serbia in 2022. To mark the anniversary, central landmarks of the city of Belgrade were illuminated in the colours of Japan on the evening of 30th March.

April
PANEL DISCUSSION ON DIGITALISATION AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

JBAS organised a panel discussion on digitalisation and personal data protection, with the support of CANSEE, the Canadian-Serbian Business Association, and the Slovenian Business Club.

April
“JUST GREEN TRANSITION AND DECARBONIZATION IN SERBIA” PROJECT

With generous support from the Government of Japan, UNDP launched the implementation of the project: “Just Green Transition and Decarbonization in Serbia”, in close collaboration with the Serbian Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Mining and Energy, throughout 2022, with JBAS providing support to the project.

April
JBAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY JBAS

held its Annual Assembly at Belgrade’s prestigious Hotel Moskva. On this occasion, Ambassador of Japan to Serbia H.E. Takahiko Katsumata expressed his satisfaction and gratitude for the efforts of the Alliance in supporting the development of economic relations, encouraging the companies present to continue their mission in such difficult times for international trade.

June
“SEE AUTOMOTIVE – CONNECT & SUPPLY”

The SEE Automotive Conference – Connect & Supply, organised by AC Serbia, saw JBAS host a panel discussion entitled “Insight into the Japanese automotive industry”, which attracted the attention of more than 200 attending professionals and specialists from this important business sector.

June
OPEN-AIR GALA OPERA EVENING

As part of celebrations marking the 140th anniversary of the establishing of diplomatic relations between Japan and Serbia, and as a special gift to all JBAS members, citizens of Belgrade and Serbia, JBAS organised an OPEN-AIR GALA OPERA NIGHT together with the Opera of the National Theatre of Serbia, the City of Belgrade, the Embassy of Japan and JTI Serbia. The evening’s special guest, famous Japanese soprano and Puccini Festival star Ms Shoko Okada, delivered an extraordinary and unforgettable performance.

July
TANABATA FESTIVAL AND JUST GREEN TRANSITION IN SERBIA

Belgrade’s Jevremovac Botanical Garden provided the setting for the formal announcing of the “Public call for innovative solutions for decarbonisation contributing to a just green transition in Serbia”, launched by UNDP in partnership with the Serbian Ministry of Mining and Energy and the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and with the support of the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade and in cooperation with JBAS. In accordance with Japanese tradition, officials and other participants wrote their wishes for a greener, healthier and economically stronger Serbia on colourful pieces of paper, which they then hung on a black bamboo tree in the Botanical Garden.

August
AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN TO SERBIA H.E. TAKAHITO KATSUMATA VISITS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF VOJVODINA

A Japanese business delegation, headed by Japanese Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Takahito Katsumata and including JBAS members, visited the premises of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vojvodina (Privredna komora Vojvodine).

September
INTEGRATED NATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE PLAN OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA UNTIL 2030, WITH A VISION UNTIL 2050

The Japanese business community in Serbia supports the Serbian government aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40.3% and achieve a share of 41% energy from Renewables in gross final energy consumption by 2030. Over the course of 2022, JBAS actively participated in the Working Group for the “Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan of the Republic of Serbia Until 2030, with a Vision Until 2050”, headed by the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia and with the participation of the ministries of finance and environmental protection.

September
JTI KAIZEN OPEN DOOR DAY

More than 40 members of JBAS in Serbia attended an amazing Kaizen Open Door Day organised by JTI Serbia at their impressive plant in Senta. Besides being among the top employers, Japanese companies in Serbia are also dedicated to creating a better working and living environment by improving people’s quality of life in local communities through the sharing of high work ethics and standards.

October
JETRO MISSION TO SERBIA

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić met with representatives of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to discuss past, present and future Japanese investments in Serbia, the strengthening of economic cooperation and the overall advancement of Serbia-Japan relations.

October
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING EXPERIENCE

Representatives of Japanese companies in Serbia, members of JBAS, had an opportunity to experience an adrenaline-fuelled event that was specially created by Toyota Serbia and allowed them to enjoy driving the amazing 261 Hp GR Yaris.

November
CANON DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Thanks to Canon Serbia and Aigo Business System, JBAS members had an opportunity to participate in the exclusive event “Take a look at the future”, held on the premises of the Embassy of Japan in Belgrade and organised specifically for representatives of Japanese companies operating successfully on the Serbian market.

November
JSFF AWARDS NIGHT

JBAS members and friends attended a special Japanese Movie Night at the Yugoslav Cinematheque Film Archives. A screening of the movie The Way of the Househusband, based on the homonymous cult manga series by Kousuke Oono, was followed by an official awards ceremony and a cocktail party. The highlight of the evening was the JSFF Toyo Tire Awards Ceremony for the best works among 70 feature-length and short productions on the topic of CULTFRONTATION in three main categories.

November
INDUSTRY-ACADEMY FORUM “UPSKILLING FOR INDUSTRY 5.0”

A Japanese business delegation that included JBAS members and Japanese Ambassador Katsumata participated in the Industry- Academy Forum “Upskilling for Industry 5.0”, held at Science & Technology Park Novi Sad.

December
JBAS NEW YEAR’S COCKTAIL PARTY 2022

JBAS members gathered for the annual New Year’s cocktail party to mark the end of the year at the Promenade event centre in Belgrade. The cocktail party provided an excellent opportunity for both long-standing and new members to gather with officials and representatives of the Embassy of Japan.

December
BUSINESS MISSION IN VRŠAC JBAS

BoD member Goran Đuric hosted JBAS and Japanese Embassy First Secretary Tatsuro Masuda on a visit to the Municipality of Vršac town hall, the famous Vladičanski dvor – historical building, which serves as the seat of the Banat regional Orthodox Church administration, the Catholic Cathedral of St. Gerhard, and the City Museum.

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