NOVI SAD, Serbia, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Serbia and Croatia will deepen agricultural cooperation to enhance their competitiveness on global markets, senior officials from both countries said Saturday.
"Cooperation with Croatia and former Yugoslav republics is of great importance, as only together can we be visible" on Chinese and global markets, Zeljko Sertic, president of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, told Xinhua at an ongoing agriculture fair in this Serbian city.
"We are now in the process of meeting on different levels and discussing how to make joint consortia," he said. "That is the future of this region."
His Croatian counterpart, Nadan Vidosevic, shared a similar opinion, noting that all Balkan countries have failed to catch up with the "dramatic changes" in the agricultural industry in the past 25 years.
Projecting a big economic development between East Asia and the European Union in the next decade, he said Balkan countries will have to cooperate more in the future, because otherwise they will remain too small to be noticed.
The 80th International Agriculture Fair kicked off Saturday in Novi Sad with over 1,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries.
As one of the world's top 10 agriculture fairs, the Novi Sad event has become a prominent platform for cooperation in agro-business and food processing, drawing major individual companies and associations from all over Europe.