IN 2009, BELGRADE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WAS PARTNER TO THE GOVERNMENT AND SERVICE TO THE ECONOMY 
BUSINESS OPERATORS DEMAND BETTER SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT IN 2010

 


The previous year's business results, as well as proposed measures of monetary and economic policy for 2010, were presented on the press conference, held in Business Center of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce.

 

Milan Jankovic, PhD, President of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, stated that the complex problems of the Serbian economy were discussed on more than 100 meetings held in the Chamber last year. The dialogue on the implementation of economic policy measures has been established with relevant actors – primarily with the Government, Employer's Union, National Bank of Serbia, City Assembly and NGOs. In  2010, the potentials of defense contractors should be used for production and export increase and new employments, since the capital and capacities of the Serbian Army are not sufficiently exploited. In that respect, policy makers should have the same goal, protection of the favorable business environment in Serbia and the region. It is expected that large systems and public companies, which promote export, receive direct state support. But the support should also be procured to SME and entrepreneurship sector that absorb most rapidly the labor surplus. In that sense, larger investments in equipment, technology and innovations are necessary.

Mr. Toplica Spasojević, the Vice-president of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce emphasized that 2009 counts among most difficult years. However, total decrease of Serbian GDP was less than 4%, while the average European GDP decrease was 4,5%. The agreement with the IMF Vienna bank arrangement are exceptionally important, while the measures implemented by the Ministry of Economy and Local Development, subsidized loans for economic solvency and the consumption and employment loans had good results. It is necessary to raise the competition of the economy, in other words to restructure it in order to achieve the sustainable growth, which could not be done without the exportation growth. Serious cuts have to be made; we all have to work harder, learn more and follow the world up-to-date trends. The Government should pay special attention to the sectors of energetic, infrastructure and agriculture, since they present the comparative advantage of our economy.

Mr. Petar Stefanović, the President of the Board of Financial Organizations of Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, emphasized that Serbian banking sector, in spite of the high currency risk, instable exchange rate and capital placement risk, managed to overcome financial crisis stroke and should procure in 2010 a safe investment environment and offer stimulating loans both for companies and individuals.

 

Mr. Svetozar Krstić, Secretary of Chamber's Association of Tourism and Catering, estimated that in 2010, more attention should be paid to service sector, which accounts for more than 2/3 of GDP in Europe, 80% in USA, but only 38% in Serbia. In order to overcome slow technological development, the Government of Serbia should exclude new technologies from custom duties. The State should enable the leadership position to companies participating in largest infrastructural projects.