THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES HOST WORKING BREAKFAST FOR
BRITISH COMPANIES IN SERBIA
Belgrade, 18 March 2010 - Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine hosted a
working breakfast at the White Palace for the representatives of
British businesses in Serbia.
Guests were addressed by HRH Crown Prince
Alexander II, H.E. Mr. Stephen John Wordsworth, HM Ambassador to
Serbia, Mr. Radovan Jelasic, Governor of the National Bank of
Serbia, Mr. Dusan Filipovic, Executive Director of the
British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Dusan Babac, member of
the Privy Council.
HRH Crown Prince Alexander II greeted the guests
and emphasized: "I am pleased that we have gathered here at the
White Palace, in a friendly and unofficial atmosphere, to discuss
very important topics, such as Serbian economic development, foreign
and domestic investments and improvement of business cooperation in
general. I am willing to offer you my assistance and support to
improve the situation further in all of these areas".
H.E. Mr. Stephen John Wordsworth, HM Ambassador
to Serbia, thanked the Royal Couple for hosting this event and
pointed out that trade and investment links show a growing trend,
despite the setback of the global crisis.
“That is only likely to grow as Serbia continues
along the EU accession path, as we have seen elsewhere in Central
and South East Europe. Although investment presence of United
Kingdom based companies is modest in this market, several British
companies are actively pursuing investment opportunities in Serbia
(in field of spas, electronics, renewable energy ...)”, the
The Governor of the Central Bank of Serbia gave
an excellent presentation “Macroeconomic challenges in Serbia” and
The United Kingdom ranks in the top 10 investors
in Serbia with cumulative 2000 – 2006 investments amounting to over
US$ 307 million. The overall bilateral trade amounted to US$ 316.9
million in year 2009.
At the working breakfast at the White Palace,
there were representatives of more than 100 companies, including the
largest British and international companies in Serbia.