A tender to sell the copper mining and smelting complex RTB Bor in Eastern Serbia “will be announced in the next ten days”. This is what the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic said on 5th July.
He also confirmed that a Chinese company was interested buying this mining complex.
Vucic said this while visiting Chinese-owned HBIS Group Serbia steel mill (Zelezara) in the town of Smederevo. He was confident that the Chinese showed interest because they recognized Serbia as a welcoming country having hard-working and industrious people.
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Speaking about the importance of Zelezara for the city of Smederevo, he said that Serbia was “infinitely grateful to the Chinese friends who helped solve one of the biggest problems in the country.”
“After two years, this is a story about change, success and progress of Serbia, and we could not have done it without China’s support. Although there is a saying that there is no thing as brief as gratitude – with us it is permanent, because they saved 5,200 jobs,” Vucic said.
“I expect the PM to tell me which ministers have not performed well”
President Aleksandar Vucic also said that he expected Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic to tell him which ministers have not been doing a good job.
“I expect her to tell me who hasn’t done enough and we will make decisions together to resolve some of the things that have been a burden in the past,” Vucic said.
Vucic went on to say that he was pleased with the work the government, led by Ana Brnabic, had done in the past year and that he expected better results in the coming years.
“I think the government has worked very well, it can always be better, but it’s good to recognize it,” Vucic told reporters in Smederevo.
He said that proof of the good work done by the government could be seen in the low unemployment rate of 12 percent, that among the countries in the region, Serbia had the highest economic growth, and the it was the only regional country that had recorded a budget surplus.
He added that civil servant salaries and pension were expected to grow as of autumn, while the country’s public debt of the country has been reduced.
Vucic noted that when he was prime minister, public debt ranged from 77 to 79 percent of GDP, and by the end of the year it will be under 50 percent, giving the country “a wide maneuvering space to act in the future”.
Meeting with Chinese President of China at the end of the year
Vucic also said that he would meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping in China at the end of summer or early autumn and that he would ask the Chinese president for China to be affiliated with a huge project.
“I will again ask for something for our country. President Jinping is a true friend of our country and so far everything single thing I asked him to do for Serbia, he did it”, Vucic said.
Vucic added that he meets with the Chinese Ambassador to Serbia, Li Manchang twice a week in Belgrade with whom he discusses various topics and projects.
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