A two-day trade mission conducted by a delegation of 30 Italian SMEs started yesterday in Belgrade.
This working meeting is organized and coordinated by the General Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) in collaboration with the Association of Italian Business People in Serbia, Confindustria Serbia, and with the support of Banca Intesa.
This two-day business event, which will host up to 150 B2B meetings between Italian and Serbian companies, is also an opportunity to present new Italian investors opportunities to do business and invest in Serbia and establish production and trade partnerships between Italian and Serbian companies. The Italian delegation is led by the vice-president of the SME Group at Confindustria Italiana, Cinzia La Rosa.
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Opening this important bilateral trade meeting, Vice President of Confindustria Serbia, Romano Rosi underlined that small and medium enterprises represent the heart of the Italian economy, both in Italy and abroad:
“In Serbia, 70% of the members of Confindustria are small and medium enterprises. These are companies run by entrepreneurs who have recognized in Serbia the opportunity to improve their activities and who have the courage to cross their borders and find a “home” on this side of the Adriatic. What I am particularly pleased about, as vice-president of Confindustria in Serbia, is that a large number of Italian SMEs are now in the process of re-investing and consolidating historical partnerships with local Serbian companies,” concluded Rosi.
Gabriele Pace, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa, also sent a message of support: “As a leader in the banking market of Serbia and a member of Intesa Sanpaolo, one of the leading European banking groups based in Italy, Banca Intesa actively contributes to the strengthening of the economy, relations and commercial ties between the two countries. We place particular emphasis on providing high quality banking services to Italian companies operating in Serbia, while at the same time connecting Serbian and Italian companies and helping them to establish cooperation. Our participation in today’s event is another validation of this commitment,” concluded Pace.
At today’s meeting, special attention was paid to the trade conditions in the so-called free zones, which was mentioned by Jasmina Stambuk, director of the Free Zone Directorate at the Ministry of Finance. The guest of honour on the first day of the mission was the Italian ambassador to Serbia, Carlo Lo Cascio, who once again confirmed that Italy and Serbia have privileged economic relations.
He added that Italian SMEs play a crucial role and that Serbian partners see them as an example to follow: “SMEs are a model that fits perfectly into the Serbian economic environment and can bring added value to the territory in which they operate,” concluded Ambassador Lo Cascio.
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