How to attract as many investors as possible and how to present them with the available investment capacities are two issues faced by all local self-governments in Serbia. This job will be made easier with a new information system that is being prepared in 11 local self-governments in Serbia by the experts from the State Geodetic Authority and the Swedish Cartographic Society.
Free zones have been operating successfully in Pirot and Vranje for years, offering numerous advantages to investors. Representatives of the Greek-Bulgarian textile company Malevos, who employ fifty workers in Pirot, are aware of this.
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“We have been operating in Pirot for two years and we are satisfied with the conditions and the workers. We are planning on expanding our production. To us, it’s good that the customs processes and the freight forwarding services are available in one place. Also, having a new Corridor 10 motorway segment is an advantage,” says Albena Nikolova, Director of Malevos.
Both Pirot and Vranje have attracted a lot of investments, but, in addition to free zones, both towns have plenty of other locations they can offer to investors. However, unresolved property/ownership issues and the excessive fragmentation of land plots remain a problem.
“There are not enough investment locations available and those that are in our register have an unresolved property status as they are owned by former state enterprises,” Marija Djosic, the head of the Office for Local Economic Development in Pirot, explains.
Boban Stankovic, the coordinator of the Office for Local Economic Development in Vranje, says that they have considered offering the existing industrial capacities in old industrial zones which are no longer operational to potential investors.
Thanks to the project carried out by the State Geodetic Authority and the Swedish government, a national register of investment maps/locations will be formed in Serbia, which should help potential investors.
“The aim (of this system) is to facilitate communication between the investor and the local self-government, allowing the investor to access the location in order to make further investments. On the one hand, this contributes to the economic development of Serbia, while on the other, it increases the economic capacities of a specific town or a municipality,” says Marina Jovanovic Milenkovic of the State Geodetic Authority.
For a start, the new digital platform will allow investors to see all the data on the available investment locations and investment opportunities in 11 towns and municipalities of Serbia.
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