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Minister Klokić Took Part in Jahorina Economic Forum 2017


​​Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Srpska, Zlatan Klokić took part today, Thursday (27 April 2017) in a panel discussion entitled Special Economic Zones – Opportunity for Success, within the Jahorina Economic Forum held at the Termag Hotel.

Other participants in the panel were Dr Dragan Kostić, President of the Group of Free Zones of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and Executive Director of the Pirot Free Zone, Branislav Nedimović, Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Government of Serbia, Ruslan Rustamli, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Department for Cooperation with International Organizations, Juan Torrents on behalf of FEMOZA (world federation of free and economic zones) and Yitong Wang, China International Engineering Consulting Corporation. It was moderated by a professor of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Banja Luka Goran Popović.


“The essence of special economic zones is to contribute to employment growth, technological progress by transfer of technologies, and most importantly to improving foreign trade balance of a country,” said Klokić.


Klokić emphasized that the Government of the Republic of Srpska had recognized the importance of special economic zones and business zones, as well as their potentials for an economy, and therefore formed a working group for the establishment of special economic zones in the RS. The task of the working group is to examine best practice in establishing these zones, in particular in China, and to propose a model of establishment of such a zone in the RS while taking into account local specificities.


“We are on the trail of a proposal to try to attract investors to the sectors where we deem to have competitive advantages, primarily agriculture, wood and metal processing,” added the Minister.

The second Jahorina Economic Forum is held on 27-28 April and represents the most important business forum in the RS attended by the most relevant businessmen, science professionals from the RS and the region, representatives of the governments of Serbia and Srpska and diplomatic corps.


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