Deputy PM and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic met on Monday in Belgrade with the new Japanese Ambassador to Serbia, Junichi Maruyama.
“Today, Serbia is a politically and economically stable country that successfully realizes important infrastructure projects. We are finalizing Corridor 10, working on the construction of Corridor 11, improving rail and water transport, investing in airports in Serbia,” said Mihajlovic.
The two officials discussed implementation of road, rail, water and air traffic projects, as well as “possibilities for cooperation between the two countries in the field of infrastructure and energy efficiency,” the Serbian government said in a press release.
Mihajlovic “expressed her satisfaction with Japan’s interest in participating in the implementation of infrastructure projects of the Ministry through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).”
She also “expressed her hope that in the forthcoming period we will sign cooperation agreements with our Japanese partners, primarily in the field of air and water transport, as well as in the field of energy efficiency, bearing in mind the great experience that Japan has” and “added that Serbia is interested in Japanese design solutions when it comes to building a metro from the airport to the city.”
Maruyama “pointed out that Japan is interested in taking part in important projects implemented by the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and suggested that a meeting be held soon between delegations of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Serbian Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure,” the government said.
Mihajlović presented the ambassador with a gift which was made by women from an Eastern Serbia village, who are members of the Ethno Network. The minister has practice of giving the officials whom she meets handmade products made by women who participate in the initiative “Finding Work for Thousands of Women in the Rural Areas”, which the Coordination Body for Gender Equality realizes in cooperation with Ethno-Network and NALED.
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