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Serbia looks to attract leading Chinese companies to new high-tech park

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 26, 2020
Serbia hopes to attract more China's leading companies in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and innovation and other fields, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said Friday.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic
Serbian   Prime Minister Ana Brnabic
She made the remarks at a video conference attended by the Chinese ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo, Serbian minister Nenad Popovic who is in charge of innovations, and representatives of the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is in charge of the construction of the Mihajlo Pupin industrial park.

Topics: Serbia Chinese

The Serbian government and the CRBC signed an investment agreement last year for the establishment of the 3.2-square-kilometer industrial park in the suburb of Belgrade, with a vision for it to become a platform for overseas, high-tech companies to enter Serbia and the region.

Brnabic said that the Serbian government is already discussing special incentives for the companies interested to do business at the soon-to-be-built high-tech park.

She announced the possibility of Serbia's strategic cooperation with the China COSCO SHIPPING, saying it could be of "key significance and vital importance." The prime minister also stressed her desire to attract Alibaba.

"I hope that this industrial park will help Serbia to attract additional Chinese companies in the field of information and communication technologies and innovations, such as the Alibaba Group. Serbia is ready to offer them the best possible conditions, not only in Europe, but in the whole world in case they wished to come and open their development centers here in Serbia," she said.

Brnabic highlighted Serbia's positive experience with Chinese companies, such as HBIS Serbia, Zijin Mining as well as Huawei, which recently opened a new innovation center in Belgrade.

"We will strive in our foreign and economic policy to keep those doors open, because we fully share the vision... an open world without protectionism, with cooperation instead of trade wars, a world where competitiveness is promoted," she said.


 

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