In the last 15 years, Serbia has lost almost a million people who left for abroad and because of its inadequate population policy – the Serbian Deputy Minister Zorana Mihajlović said today and added that our country needed a much better human resource management.
“Since 2000, close to 300,000 people have left Serbia and if we look at the data on year-on-year basis, we additionally lost 30,000 people during the said period due to the low birth rate. When we put all of this together, we have lost almost a million people in the last 15 years”, Mihajlović said at the opening of the conference “HR Serbia 2015 – Human Resources in Digital Age”.
She outlined that youth unemployment currently stands at 43% of the total number of the unemployed persons in Serbia.
Mihajlović said that managing intellectual and human resources is much more important than managing any othe resources, adding that we need to change our official population policy and the education system.
“On the other hand, Serbia has been waking up in the last year or so. Our economic situation provides us with an opportunity to think in a completely different way and to keep all these people here”, Mihajlović added.
She went on to say that the situation is getting bettter and that now we have a foundation of young and educated people who want to find their place in Serbia. She also said that she was “against average people running companies, municipalities and the state”.
“Today, we are first and foremost managing human resources which are a valuable capital. Managing human resources is like taking care of a bird – if you squeeze it too tight, you are going to smother it, but if you don’t hold it tight enough, it will fly away”, Mihajlović said.
The Deputy Prime Minister, who is also the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, added that Serbia, apart from the constant economic growth, has to have a clear education policy and focus on innovation.
“Managing intellectual capital is crucial and I think that Serbia failed to see this in the previous period. I do hope that togethe we are going to accomplish results that will include changing the country’s education system, and keeping our people here so that they can contribute to our economic growth. We can be as strong in this area as other countries”, Mihajlović underlined.
The Deputy Head of Mission of the Swedish Embassy in Serbia, Liselott Martynenko Agerlid said at the conference that changes in digital age are very fast and that companies had to adapt and keep up with them which is why their employees have to constantly undergo additional training. She pointed out that HR management has crucial importance for success of modern companies.
Agerild also said that it was very important for employers to discover young talent and pay attention to tem and that it is much easier to work under a mentor than a classic boss.
The Indian Ambassador to Serbia, Narinder Chauhan said that India has 1.3 billion inhabitants and that the population is constantly growing which is one of the reasons why the country has such a large economy and economic growth that is one of the biggest in the world. She also pointed out that there is an ongoing digital revolution in India and that the country is becoming the IT leader while paying close attention to modern education.
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