"Building Good Neighborly Relations: Investment and Trade Facilitation in Southeast Europe

April 13, 2010 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity

The event will take place in the 6th floor boardroom.

The Business Advisory Council for SEE has been serving as the private sector arm and advisory mechanism of the European and international mechanisms for regional cooperation - first under the auspices of US-led SECI, later the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe and currently with the Regional Cooperation Council. BAC members come from more than 20 countries, representing more than 40 international and regional companies. BAc members voice their views and concerns on developments in Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Kosovo under UNSC 1244/99, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, as well as Greece and Turkey, and Ukraine on issues affecting regional policies.

Reaching out to the trans-Atlantic community on the challenges and opportunities facing SEE and other transition countries, especially in the midst of the international crisis, BAC representatives will be discussing the private sector view for developing a strategic vision of the region's future.The financial crisis has only added to the urgency of structural reforms to sustain macro-economic viability of all transition economies, and of the region in particular; investment in infrastructure and cross border infrastructure linkages are critical for the creation of an environment that facilitates business; and regional competitiveness can be boosted through policy coordination, such as for trade liberalization, and investment in human capital and innovation.

Vladimir Cupic, Chairman, Executive Board, Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank (Serbia); Wojtek Ksiazkiewicz, Vice President, SNC-Lavalin (Poland); and Goran Radman, Dean VERN University of Applied Sciences (Croatia)

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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