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Interview: Creating "economic bloc" to boost regional cooperation in Southeast Europe: banker

English.news.cn   2014-05-16 03:48:45

SARAJEVO, May 15 (Xinhua) -- The Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF), an annual investment conference, will open a "new horizon" for the regional economic cooperation in Southeast Europe, said Amer Bukvic, Director of Bosnia Bank International (BBI).

During an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency, Bukvic noted that the SBF, organized by BBI in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has become the largest business gathering in the Southeast region.

The forum intended to enhance trade among countries in the region and create a kind of "economic bloc", making it attractive to outside investors, he said.

"At the same time, we bring some of the largest sovereign funds in the world here," he added, referring to Qatar Investment Authority, Kuwait Invest Authority and other huge financial institutions from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, etc.

The SBF presented projects and brought investors to the Southeast Europe, which will make the region prosper in the future, he noted.

However, there are many challenges, including political conflicts, in the region, Bukvic admitted.

The SBF is devoted to open "a new horizon" for the region, which will focus on "trade and business instead of conflicts," Bukvic said, adding it will help break "mental walls" among people and develop a new approach of cooperation.

The SBF will put more attention over creating jobs, in accordance with the South East Europe Strategy 2020, which eyes one million new jobs by the year 2020 in the region, according to Bukvic.

The two-day forum, which kicked off on Wednesday, was participated by senior government officials and business leaders from over 10 countries, among them were Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic, former Slovenian President Danilo Turk, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and Qatar Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah.

Editor: yan
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