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May 22-23, 2017

SARAJEVO BUSINESS FORUM


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Bukvić at the closing event: Record number of participants from 30 countries worldwide

This year's Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF), which brought together a record number of participants from almost 30 countries, was officially closed.

The main challenge: Competitiveness and Regional Integration

Panel “European Perspective: Prospects for SEE Modernization and Harmonization with the EU” offered highly interesting insights and discussions which were moderated by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the SSST and a renowned Bosnian-Herzegovinian economic expert

CENTRAL/WESTERN ASIA AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: HOW TO STRENGTHEN BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP 

Mr. A.K. Tareen, Chairman, AKT Strategic Consulting LLP, India, moderator  „Business starts when people see opportunity to trade. When that happens, everything else starts, employment, development... Creating opportunity is a key for us, a new silk road is example for this, and it will bring growth for region. Governments have a key role, and they can put strategic way forward. “

EAST ASIA AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE POTENTIAL 

Moderated by Dr Matej Živković, Commissioner, Securities Commission of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ambassador Franc But, Head of Department for Bilateral Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia

Parallel Session: Dubai Islamic Economy Round Table, Organized by Dubai Exports and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

An economy that addresses special needs of the industry is growing worldwide and not exclusively in the Muslim majority countries. This is particularly true for halal product market which is now faced with growing challenges to meet increased demand, create a legal environment that taps into this multi-trillion dollar market and define and harmonize standards. This was the topic of the special round table dedicated to Islamic economy which was organized as a parallel session at the Sarajevo Business Forum 2017.

Traditional SBF Bridge Awards

Each year, the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) incorporates new projects with the purpose of improving the regional business environment and supporting new ideas, successful companies and individuals. This year, SBF 2017 will once again acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond in their respected fields.

Panel 2: Southeast Europe: Bridging the East and West

Connecting the regions was the focus of the second panel of the Sarajevo Business Forum: Southeast Europe – Bridging the East and West, because of its benefits for the economy as an end result. Panelists agreed that the role of Southeast Europe in connecting the Europe and Asia would only grow in importance.

H.E. Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, European Commission (Video Message from European Commission in Brussels)

Western Balkans can have a bright future by integrating more at a regional level with the EU

Panel 1: "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential"

During the panel discussion "One Region, One Economy - Connectivity and Potential ", the participants said that establishing connection in the region should not be limited only to linking the Southeast European countries, but rather include considering the opportunity outside this region.

Zvizdić: Tens of Thousands of Jobs Created in BiH in Past 20 Months

Chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdić said at Sarajevo Business Forum 2017 (SBF) that tens of thousands of jobs were created in BiH in the past 20 months, especially in the private sector.

Previous Prominent Participants

2010-2017

Mohammed Ibrahim al-Shaibani

CEO and Executive Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai

Jirky Katiainen

Vice-President of the European Commission

Bandar M. Hajjar

President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group

Christian Danielsson

Director-General for Enlargement Negotiations and Neighborhood, European Commission

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The Conference is gathering businessmen and project owners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia on one hand and their counterparts from more than 30 countries worldwide on the other.