Prime Minister Ana Brnabic held a series of meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which she said were very important for the Serbian economy, especially a meeting with representatives of company Philips, which the Serbian government is trying to bring to Serbia.
In a statement to the press, Brnabic also singled out as very important a meeting with Deputy CEO of Siemens Roland Busch, stressing that this company employs almost 2,000 people in Serbia and it also plans to further expand investment to a facility in Kragujevac and other locations currently discussed.
The Prime Minister, who will be in Davos until 24 January, underlined that the goal is that such companies get involved in the transformation of the Serbian economy in order to make it more competitive and to invest more in research, development and innovation and quickly raise our GDP and wages.
She said that she also had a good meeting with new President of the European Research Council Mauro Ferrari, who has been in office since January and visited Serbia last year.
We have good cooperation and I hope it will be even better this year and the next, owing to the fact that we have now established the Science Fund, which works exactly like the European Research and Development Council. For me as prime minister, this is one of the priorities for further improving our economy, Brnabic said.
The Prime Minister also met with Director of the World Economic Forum for Europe and Eurasia Martina Larkin, with whom she discussed the agreement already reached on having the regional centre of the World Economic Forum for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Belgrade.
The Prime Minister will meet tomorrow with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, who, she said, has always been an important interlocutor on European integration, events in the Western Balkans, as well as economic cooperation with that country.
She also announced that she will have a meeting with Governor of the Japan International Bank for International Cooperation Tadashi Maeda, with whom a date for his visit to Serbia is being planned, after which the Japan Bank for International Cooperation should officially come to Serbia.