Investment opportunities throughout the Western Balkans will be one of the main topics covered in the annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) entitled “Connecting Economies for Stronger Growth”.
Government leaders from the region will join more than 2,000 representatives of the international business community, investors, EBRD governors, finance ministers, central bank governors, economists, and representatives of civil society organizations of 67 states on 7th-9th of May in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia’s government leaders will gather within the program of this forum, discussing a number of topics of economic and political nature, deemed crucial for the entire region.
“The EBRD conference sends a strong message of the entire region – we are a stable and desirable investment area […] Building and investing in infrastructure is the key to connecting us, and developing each one of us individually. It is time to focus on important and useful projects instead of focusing on politics”, said Mirko Šarović, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH.
This year’s business forum will cover a wide range of topics of relevance to all countries the EBRD works in: investment, migration, tourism in South East Europe, digitization, and investment opportunities in the Western Balkans.
“This Annual Meeting provides an ideal opportunity to focus on the potential for investment, economic growth and the creation of new jobs. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development wants to contribute to the creation of an economy that will enable the prosperity and growth of the local population, as well as the creation of a framework that will speed up the process of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s accession to the European Union,”said Enzo Quattrociocche, Secretary General of the EBRD.
The EBRD supports projects in over 30 countries of the world. Last year it invested €1.1 billion in the Western Balkan countries, €284 million of which went to Albania. It’s total investment in Albania through 87 projects amounts to €1.3 billion.