World Bank delegation in Belgrade

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic has met with seven executive directors of the World Bank led by Werner Gruber, to discuss the reforms implemented in Serbia.

The vising delegation and the Serbian Deputy PM, who is also the Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, have also discussed projects in the road and rail infrastructure which are being implemented in cooperation with this financial institution, the Serbian government announced.

Mihajlovic told Gruber, who represents Serbia in the Board of Directors of the World Bank, that the reforms implemented are the pillar of Serbia’s growth in recent years, and that the country also implemented a fiscal consolidation program, improved the business environment and adopted a number of laws in line with European regulations.

Speaking about the field of work of the Ministry she is heading, Mihajlovic said that she expects that the road Corridor 10 will soon be completed, and that the focus is on the infrastructure linking of Serbia with the region -“Highway of Peace” Nis-Merdare-Pristina and the modernization of the Belgrade-Budapest railway.

Mihajlovic said that in the past 30 years no-one dealt with the modernization of railway lines, where one of the partners currently is the World Bank, and that in the last two years the Serbian government has been working hard on that because it was necessary for Serbia, as a transit country, to be included in the European transport rail network.

The World Bank representatives praised the reforms implemented in Serbia, but also efforts to make infrastructure networking with the region.

They expressed interest Serbia’s infrastructure connections with Albania, and Mihajlovic informed them that two years ago, for the first time in 30 years, a joint working group was formed, consisting of the transport ministers of the two countries who are going to work together on building the Nis-Merdare-Pristina highway.

Our goal is to get connected with the region and these projects are very important to us, Mihajlovic stated.

The executive directors of the World Bank who attended the meeting, in addition to Gruber (representing Serbia, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan) were also Franciscus August Godts, (Austria, Belgium, Hungary), Patrizio Pagano (Greece, Italy), Jason Michael Allford (Australia, New Zealand), Subhash Chandra Garg (Bangladesh, India), Maximo Torero (Argentina, Bolivia) and Herve de Villeroche (France), according to a statement from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.

(B92, 27.03.2017)

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