If an initiative of several business people from Novi Becej is approved by the government, in the next six months, between 1,000 and 1,500 new jobs could be created in the Serbian textile companies.
These workers would produce for the most renowned European fashion companies. The initiative was sent to the Serbian government, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Economy, and the Development Agency of Serbia. It was prompted following the news that the retail textile chain, Inditex, which owns famous brands Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius and Bershka, owned by Amancio Ortega, is interested in cooperating with textile companies in Serbia.
Several Turkish and German companies are also coming to Serbia in autumn to hire our textile workers.
“We have excellent relations with several global clothes retailers are producing substantial quantities of clothing in our factories. Many would even boost their cooperation with us if we had the latest textile machines and well-trained workers. We are willing to put our know-how and contacts to good use, in an effort to increase domicile textile capacities. We would also train young workers and engineers on how turn production in a textile company”, says Bogomir Bojic, from the Vojvodinian Textile Cluster and director of the Uniteks Company from Novi Becej.
Several other directors of the former well-known Serbian companies, like Kluz and 1. Maj, have also joined the initiative.
“We need foreign companies more as partners than investors. If we consider that they get between 6,000 EUR and 10,000 EUR from the government per each new job they create, they will be here until these subsidies are available. Once they are no longer available, they will lay off the workers. Hence, it is better that we have domicile companies, employing between 150 and 200 workers, that have a good equipment and high productivity. This will appeal to European clothing companies to come to us”, Bojic concludes.
(Vecernje Novosti, 09.09.2017)