SSCC BUSINESS NETWORKING LUNCH
SSCC’s first in-person gathering since the outbreak of the pandemic took place on 9th June 2021 at the Vrdnička Kula Ethno Village. The SSCC guest of honour on this occasion was H.E. Urs Schmid, Swiss Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia and to Montenegro.
This event provided an opportunity for SSCC members to share experiences and explore potential business cooperation in an informal and pleasant atmosphere near Belgrade.
DIALOGUE WITH THE SERBIAN MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND THE SERBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (SCCI)
An online working meeting was held on Tuesday, 25th May 2021, between member companies of five bilateral business associations in Serbia: the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SSCC), the Hellenic Business Association, the Croatian Business Club (CBC), the Slovenian Business Club (SBC) and the Belgian-Serbian Business Association, with representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI).
Participants of this working meeting, entitled Macroeconomic Trends in the Economy of the Republic of Serbia in the Context of COVID-19, were addressed by Ognjen Popović, Acting Assistant Minister of Finance in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and Mihailo Vesović, Director of the Division for Strategic Analysis, Services and Internationalisation of the SCCI, who presented current and expected trends in the domestic economy.
SWISS BUSINESS IN BULGARIA, ROMANIA, SERBIA AND NORTH MACEDONIA
This occasion provided us with the pleasant opportunity to welcome four Swiss Ambassadors from the region:
• H.E. Urs Schmid, Swiss Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia and to Montenegro
• H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Swiss Ambassador to Bulgaria
• H.E. Arthur Mattli, Swiss Ambassador ao Romania
• H.E. Sybille Suter Tejada, Swiss Ambassador to North Macedonia
Thomas Foerst, Head of the Global Network of the Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), also presented the Swiss perspective of the region, as well as the results of cooperation established with the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and other participating chambers from the region. In his speech, SSCC President Majo Mićović welcomed this initiative by emphasising that this event marked the beginning of regional cooperation and that more similar events would take place in the future.
WEBINAR: NEW LAW ON DIGITAL PROPERTY
The Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Joksović, Stojanović |+|AMP|+| Partneri Law Office (JSP) organised a webinar on the new Law on Digital Property, which regulates the use of virtual currencies and digital tokens in the Republic of Serbia for the first time.
The 4th March 2021 webinar was jointly organised together with the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Slovenian Business Club and the German- Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
CYBER SECURITY WEBINARS
SSCC member company Sky Express, a regional leader in digital data protection, has been organising numerous webinars covering the field of IT security throughout the year. In February, SSCC members learned more about the identification and elimination of threats and the protection of existing company infrastructure.
These webinars are offered free-of-charge to SSCC members.
ONLINE CONFERENCE “DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEM”
This online conference was organised by the Swiss Serbian Chamber of Commerce, together with Roche Serbia, an SSCC founding member, and opened by H.E. Urs Schmid, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of Serbia and to Montenegro. Ambassador Schmid underlined the fact that, thanks to strong economic relations, Switzerland and Serbia can have quality cooperation in the area of digitalisation, while he also noted that Switzerland already supports initiatives aimed at promoting the digital economy in Serbia and cooperation with the section of the Swiss business community that invests in ICT, believing that it is possible to additionally promote trade in digital services and hardware, as well as mutual exchanges of knowhow and talents between the countries.
Also speaking at this conference, Dejan Kovačević, Digital Health Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, said that the Serbian Government has identified the need to cooperate with the private sector in setting strategic goals and progressing towards such goals, including the higher quality of healthcare, the improved efficiency of the healthcare system and opening the door to research and innovations in healthcare through the use of modern IT solutions and tools. Other panel participants included SSCC President Majo Mićović, Roche Serbia and Montenegro CEO and SSCC Vice-President Ana Govedarica, Digital Serbia CEO Nebojša Đurđević and Dr Nick Guldemond, senior researcher at the Leiden University Medical Centre (Netherlands).
The online conference “Dual Education – Challenges and Opportunities during and after COVID-19” was organised as part of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation project “Support in the Development and Establishment of the National Model of Dual Education”, in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
The event was opened by Professor Gabrijela Grujić Ph.D., Assistant Minister for Dual Education at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Derek George, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the Swiss Embassy in Belgrade, and SSCC President Majo Mićović.
WEBINAR – OPPORTUNITIES AND LEGAL CHALLENGES FOR GROWING E-COMMERCE IN SERBIA SEPTEMBER 2020 WEBINAR “THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE SWISS ECONOMY”
On 9th September, 2020, the SSCC organised a webinar entitled “The impact of COVID-19 on the Swiss Economy”, in cooperation with Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and the Romanian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. The expert guests included, among others, representatives of Economiesuisse and Swissmem.