The cross-border project „Support to SME – the wheel of development in the region“ led by the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Pančevo and being carried out in the South and Central Banat region for several months, has enabled a group of 30 companies to visit the region of Caras-Severin in Romania.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Resita hosted the the two-day activities during which a delegation of businessmen and representatives of several local self-governments from Banat discussed ways of improving cross-border cooperation with their colleagues from Romania.
On the first day of the stay of the delegation, representatives of several local self-governments from Banat and a Deputy from the Serbian Parliament met with officials from the region of Caras-Severin to explore the possibilities for the development of new or improved forms of cooperation.
The Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Resita and Pančevo, Peter Bucci and Dragan Bosilj, addressed the gathering to demonstrate the potential of the Serbian and Romanian Banat, with special emphasis being given to the preparation and implementation of cross-border projects, while a Deputy from the Serbian Parliament, Srdjan Miković, stressed the commitment from the highest levels of Government to create more favourable conditions for stronger economic ties between the two countries.
The Romanian hosts presented their city and region through the lens of local economic development and by development of the industrial potential, as well as identifying the steps to be taken to strengthen the relations between the Serbian and Romanian Banat in all socio-economic areas.
The second day’s proceedings in Resita were conducted in the presence of the Consul General of Serbia in Timisoara, Lazar Manojlovic. They were followed by bilateral meetings between Serbian and Romanian businessmen who discussed the problems and opportunities for marketing products and services in the markets of both countries, as well as areas for a joint approach in third party markets.
The Serbian business delegation was composed of representatives from companies in the metal industry, agricultural machinery, agriculture, industrial footwear, production of plastic packaging, the manufacture of plastic products, paints and coatings for construction, the chemical and printing industry and the insurance industry.