Date: 04/03/2019

AmCham’s Voice at the Kopaonik Business Forum

Participating in the panel discussion Securing investment for sustainable growth at the Kopaonik Business Forum, AmCham Serbia President Jelena Pavlović referred to the challenges faced by Serbia’s business sector.

Pavlović stated that the greatest obstacles for investors are corruption, the rule of law, the inconsistent implementation of regulations, the gray economy, the slow judiciary and the insufficiently developed education system.

Taking the perspective of the business sector, Pavlović discussed how investment decisions are made, emphasizing the importance of having trust in the market and the experience that follows it. She said, "It is important to establish solid business conditions and reasonably reimburse investment in real time."

The AmCham President pointed out that 96% of the 206 AmCham member companies operating in our country do not use state subventions, while two thirds of members do not have a single employee on the minimum wage. AmCham members have invested over 14 billion euros in Serbia so far and employ over 100,000 people.

Dragan Mikerević, Professor at the University of Banja Luka’s Faculty of Economics, and Blaž Drobnjak, President of NLB Bank’s Management Board, also participated in this panel. The discussion moderator was Zoran Drakulić, President of SBC "Privrednik".