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Summit100: Dynamic economic cooperation for better living standard of citizens in SEE


The Prime Ministers of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia/Herzegovina and Montenegro called Tuesday for advancing the cooperation of the Western Balkan countries, in particular the one in the sphere in economy in favor of improving the citizens’ living standard.

Opening the plenary panel titled ‘Can the Region Compete at the Global Playfield’ within the Summit100 Business Leaders of SEE, Macedonia’s PM Zaev called on Western Balkan countries to strength the regional cooperation in order to bring Europe in the region.

“The entire region has been waiting too long to join the European Union and hence we must work together if we wish to upgrade the living standard of all citizens in our countries and bring it closer to the one within the EU. We have been working on advancing the regional cooperation with all six countries. The Western Europe will respect us more if we are united and cooperative,’ Zaev said.

The PMs of the countries of the region also wish to send a message of unity from this summit to businessmen and invite them to invest in Western Balkan, Zaev said.

Speaking about the necessary reforms in the Western Balkan countries, Montenegrin PM Dusan Markovic, notified the recommendations of the World Bank to that effect, namely macroeconomic stability, structural reforms and more intensified economic cooperation.

Albanian PM Edi Rama considers that Western Balkan countries have made some progress under the Berlin Process.

‘We should however keep working on the development of the region, whose potential has not been exploited yet due to many obstacles, lack of progress in the last few years, which prevented us to do more for our citizens. I hope that we shall work together against the old-fashioned views and be able to inject new energy of cooperation. We should open the borders for cooperation, trade, businessmen,’ Rama said.

Chairman of the Bosnia/Herzegovina Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic also called for bolstering of the economic cooperation.

‘If we preserve the climate of stability – an obligatory criterion for EU membership, – than we can consider the Western Balkan as a more attractive region for foreign investors,’ Zvizdic said.

The Summit100 Business Leaders of SEE, which opened on Monday in Skopje, is a unique business initiative that gathers over 150 business leaders from the region of South East Europe, four Western Balkans Prime Ministers and EU officials. Summit’s key topic is connectivity in different areas and at different levels.