Sunday, November 18, 2018

Focus

Focus: Serbia’s industrial policy, Let The Right One In

Serbia’s Industrial Policy

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
Relaxing The Tax Burden On Enterprises: For Whom And How, If At All?

Relaxing the Tax Burden on Enterprises: For Whom And How, If At All?

Big Questions for Small Percentage Points

The Ministry of Finance’s announcement that it could consider lowering the tax burden on businesses could have multiple effects on the economy and on employees, depending on how it is tailored. The context of such a measure is not only fiscal, rather any potentially larger intervention in this sphere would also require the reform of pension and health insurance
What Compels German Companies To Reinvest In Serbia

What Compels German Companies To Reinvest In Serbia And The Region?

Complex Effort Worth Trying

There are all sorts of barriers preventing foreign investors from enjoying economies of scale while investing in the Western Balkans, though the region does still deliver a solid return on investment. A good-quality workforce, coupled with national and local efforts in Serbia to improve the business climate, result in German companies being eager to expand and reinvest

Ana Tozzi, Foreign Investors Council (FIC) Executive Director:

Digitisation Supports Key Reform

One topic clearly stood out as the unifying factor mentioned at all KBF panels as a game changer – digitisation. One could find numerous reasons why digitisation is in focus. In the view of the FIC, the key reason is that digitisation could turn out to be a universal recipe for treating the two biggest challenges in Serbia

Jelena Pavlović, President Of The Amcham Board Of Governors, CEO Of Philip Morris Services:

Serbia Must Go Digital

One word – digitisation - resonated during this year’s Kopaonik Business Forum, both in panels and in informal discussions. We could hear that businesses, the media, governments etc. all should go, or are already going, digital

Dragoljub Damljanović, President Of The French-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce (CCFS), Energy & Field Services VP SEE Europe Operations Schneider Electric:

Clearly Established Diagnosis Of The Serbian Economy

The task of the forum’s participants is to give “diagnoses that someone needs to harmonise and guide in the right direction” – this is one of the theses that could be heard after the Kopaonik Business Forum. The one who should do that has long since ceased to be just the state, but rather is all of us who come from the economy

Aleksandar Ružević, Chairman Of The NALED Management Board And General Manager Of Coca-Cola HBC Serbia And Montenegro:

Who Are Tax Heroes?

The Kopaonik Business Forum confirmed that the reform agenda has been well established and that it features the most important issues for improving conditions for doing business – the corporatisation of public companies, the development of eGovernment and digitisation, infrastructure, rule of law, education etc

Jasmina Vignjević, President Of The Nordic Business Alliance, Government Affairs Manager At Telenor Serbia:

Changing The Mindset Towards Digital Society

Due to my belief that digitisation and an innovation-driven economy represent the greatest potentials for growth, I would highlight the panel organised by the Digital Serbia Initiative. This panel addressed many opportunities brought by the digital economy, three of which I will point out here

Majo Mićović, President Of The Swiss-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce (SSCC), General Manager Of Sky Express D.O.O.:

Investing In Young & Talented People

Innovation, as a key driver of local economic growth and competitiveness, is one of the ideas of the Kopaonik Business Forum that could become a game-changer for the Serbian economy

Goran Pekez, President Of The Japanese Business Alliance In Serbia – JBAS; Corporate Affairs And Communications Director For The Adriatic Region At JT International A.D. Senta:

Public Sector Reforms Should Be Faster

This year’s Kopaonik Business Forum was one of the most successful gatherings to date. Some very good conclusions were drawn related to fiscal consolidation, sustainable growth and the macroeconomic conditions in the country

Draft Law On Charges For The Utilisation Of Public Goods:

Good Starting Point For Discussion

Finalisation of the Draft Law on Charges for the Utilisation of Public Goods within expected comprehensive reforms of parafiscal charges is welcomed by the business community as a step in the right direction when it comes to the clarity and predictability of business dealings. However, certain provisions seem to be worrisome as they are neither precise enough nor fiscally neutral

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Lasting Impressions 2017

There were plenty of events in 2017 to raise the eyebrows or cause the heart to skip a beat

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Digitisation – Equal Chances For All Citizens

Enabling every citizen to access government information and services via their mobile phones, anytime and anywhere, would save significant time and money
Marko Cadez

Marko Čadež, President Of The Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Of Serbia:

New Way Of Organising Brought Benefits To The Economy

If there initially existed differences of opinion and resistance, today - nine months on – they are almost insignificant in light of the advantages and benefits that have been brought to companies by the new way of organising the chamber and its functioning as a unique, representative association of all businesspeople and entrepreneurs
ERIKA TEOMAN-BRENNER

Erika Teoman-Brenner, AustrianCommercial Counsellor:

Leading Force In Strengthening VET

The Federal Economic Chamber of Austria has very close and excellent relations with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Serbia
DR RONALD SEELIGER

Dr. Ronald Seeliger, President Of The German-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce & Hemofarm CEO:

Important Step Forward

It is probably too early to talk about the effects of this law after just nine months of its implementation. However, it is definitely positive that the Serbian Chamber of Commerce can again speak on behalf of the entire business community
VASILEIOS KAKAGIOTIS

Vasileios Kakagiotis, President Of TheHellenic Business Association:

Excellent Partner For Strengthening Connections

The new Law on Chambers of Commerce, like every new addition, has met with controversy among the public and among businessmen
Ana Govedarica

Dr. Ana Govedarica, SSCC Vice President, Roche D.O.O. Serbia General Manager:

Para-Fiscal Obligation

Established in March 2014, the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SSCC) was created as a result of the Swiss business community’s growing interest in Serbia, in order to strengthen economic relations between Serbia and Switzerland, in the form of establishing an organisation that would work to improve the dialogue between the two countries
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