The Director Dejan Pavleski, at the invitation of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, attended the Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation, organized in coordination with the Cabinets of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama in cooperation with the Chambers of commerce of the region.
The aim of the initiative is “zero minutes waiting” and no custom duties on the borders between Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania.
Today, at the Regional Economic Forum in Skopje, the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama signed: Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation to facilitate the import, export and movement of goods in the Western Balkans; Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on Free Access to the Labor Market of the Western Balkans and Agreement on Cooperation for Disaster Protection and Rescue in the Western Balkans in order to facilitate trade, citizen movement and economic development.
“Our goal is an economy without borders – 100 % free trade, zero tariffs, no movement barriers, zero barriers to goods and services for our countries to have European freedom in our region,” the leaders said they added that issues are much easier to resolve when economies and business communities are united.
At the meeting of the leaders Zaev, Vucic и and Rama, the new name and logo of the Regional Cooperation Initiative – Mini Schengen, which includes Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania – was presented under new official name as “Open Balkan”, in order to remove the borders between the three countries, ‘zero minutes’ waiting at the borders for citizens and the transport of goods by year of 2023.
The Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation is organized by the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, in coordination with the Cabinets of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama, in cooperation with chambers from the region. Most of the 400 companies participating in the Forum are from the agricultural and construction sectors, food, textile and automotive industries, tourism, telecommunications, IT sector, transport and logistics.