The 27th Kopaonik Business Forum has begun. The main topics are the macroeconomic stability of Serbia and whether this is a sufficient precondition for more growth, how ready the economy is for the 4th industrial revolution and what are the main drivers of the global economy based on innovation.
Over the next four days, Kopaonik will be the main meeting point for businesses and business representatives, not only from Serbia, but from all over the region. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Finance Minister Sinisa Mali, Transport Minister Zorana Mihajlovic and representatives of national and international financial institutions, the National Bank of Serbia, the Fiscal Council, the IMF and the World Bank will all participate in the Forum.
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The central theme of this year’s Forum is “Industry 4.0 – Challenges for the Future”. Panel discussions will be held on education, digitization, employment policy, but also on the brain drain affecting not only Serbia, but the whole region and all the countries of the Western Balkans.
On the eve of this year’s Forum, the Fiscal Council issued an analysis showing that the emigration of the working-age population, especially the young and educated population, is affecting those countries where corruption is high and the quality of public services low. This phenomenon can only be stopped if the state is retrained, corruption is reduced and public services improved.
The Fiscal Council also stated in an analysis that Serbia would not stop the trend of emigration of young people, especially to European countries, even if the average salary by 2025 reached 900 euro, as announced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
This year’s Forum brings together more than 1,300 participants, will have 28 round tables, three plenary sessions and seven special events, and more than 120 journalists from Serbia and the region are accredited to report from it.
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