Saturday, December 15, 2018

Interviews

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

We Want to Learn More About Serbia

The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to Serbia after 31 years was truly epoch-making. As a result, young Japanese volunteers will soon arrive in Serbia, while some Japanese companies have started recognising the benefits of Serbia. Our embassy is willing to help these initiatives.

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

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

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

Promising Tide

Compared to ten years ago, economic relations between the two countries have – by and large – expanded significantly. Measured in terms of the number of Japanese direct investment in Serbia, we are seeing six times as many companies today as there were a decade ago. Important political events, as well as some recent investments of Japanese companies in Serbia, are forming the basis for longer-term partnerships.

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

Goran Pekez, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JBAS

Serbia an Important Developing Market

We must work stronger to promote opportunities to do business in Serbia among Japanese business circles and spread the word in larger circles, as trade cooperation can be enhanced between Serbian and Japanese companies in both Europe and Serbia.

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.

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

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
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