Digital Acceleration is a Great Potential for the Development of the Countries of the Western Balkans

Belgrade, May 24, 2024 – NALED has declared 2024 as the year of digitalization and artificial intelligence as the initiator of reforms in all countries of the Western Balkans

The priorities for the new Government of Serbia, according to the members of NALED, should be the improvement of the conditions for the development of eGovernment and eBusiness, encouraging construction and investments, as well as the implementation of the green agenda, announced the President of the Board of Directors of NALED Vladislav Cvetković at the ceremonial session the 18th Annual Assembly of the organization has ended.

“We will pay special attention to property-legal issues and solving decades-old problems such as legalization and old items in the cadastre, which paves the way for more investments. We will continue to support domestic entrepreneurs and innovators. We will work on providing support for the introduction of broadband Internet in rural areas, improvement of information security, digitization in healthcare and further development of electronic services for citizens and the economy”, Cvetković pointed out.

The President of the Serbian Parliament, Ana Brnabić, pointed out that the country will remain committed to important reforms, and that a large number of tasks lie ahead.

“We will work together on a new list of priorities in order to implement all those complex and demanding initiatives that NALED has been advocating for for many years”, said Brnabić.

Minister of Economy Adrijana Mesarović said that one of the main priorities of the new Government of Serbia is to raise the standard of living of citizens through the development of the business environment.

“The inflow of foreign direct investments during the first quarter of 2024 amounted to 1.1 billion euros. NALED is our important partner towards the further development of the economic environment. We will work dedicatedly on the development of the Serbian economy and continuously listening to the needs of the domestic economy”, Mesarović pointed out.Serbia has implemented significant reforms in the field of construction, which will be followed by Montenegro in the coming period. With the support of NALED, we will start the process of introducing the e-building permit issuing system, announced the Minister of Spatial Planning, Urbanism and State Property of Montenegro Janko Odović.

“Two key initiatives of Montenegro are the comprehensive reform of our cadastral system and the electronic issuance of permits. We recognize that cadastral data form the backbone of efficient eGovernment and business. Our efforts to modernize this system are driven by the need for greater transparency, efficiency and quality in data management”, Odović explained.

In the past year, NALED was involved in more than 40 projects to improve the business environment. As an independent public-private association, NALED gathers more than 350 members from business, local self-governments and civil society organizations, and together with membership from the civil sector and local associations represents another 22,000 small businesses from Serbia.

Awards NALED Strela for Contribution to Economic Development

At the 18th NALED Assembly, NALED Arrow awards were traditionally awarded to key partners from the international community for their contribution to the economic development of Serbia and the region. Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Anika Ben David received an award for her outstanding contribution to the transformation of Serbia towards a sustainable and responsible society. Recognition for contribution to the promotion of dialogue and cooperation in the Western Balkans was presented to Minister Plenipotentiary of the Croatian Embassy Davorka Velecki-Čičak.

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