On May 17 and 18, the twelfth edition of Sarajevo Business Forum – an annual economic and business conference organized by Bosna Bank International (BBI) and partners – was held in Bosta and Herzegovina. Again, the event brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders from the Balkans, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. The forum is a prestigious and recognizable platform for business networking, researching investment destinations and business opportunities in the countries of South-Eastern Europe.
This year, part of the Agenda were four large discussion panels. The CEO of Invest Sofia, Ph.D. Maria Hristova joined the panel Successful Investment Stories of the Region to share real case studies for companies in Sofia and Bulgaria, their expansion over the years and subsequent investments that show their long-term intentions for business in our capital. Maria Hristova also presented instruments and incentives that Sofia Municipality and Invest Sofia use to attract investments in priority sectors.
The session started with an introductory speech by Martin Vickers MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Western Balkans, UK Government, Department for Business and Trade. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Nina Pobrić, Head of the Investment Promotion Department, Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FIPA). Along with Maria Hristova, in the panel took part Mr. Branimir Muidža – General Director/ President, Foreign Investor Council (FIC), Mr. Paul Cronin – Managing Director & CEO at Adriatic Metals PLC, Mr. Anastasios Spanidis – President & CEO at G.P.A. ecosystem of companies, Mr. Mattias Sjoborg – Chairman and CEO at Plena Group.
The Sarajevo Business Forum focused also on the future of the financial industry, regional business cooperation, sustainable development and sustainability, innovation and boosting investment and growth in tourism. Over 1,500 local, regional and global institutions, ministries, investors and representatives of business communities from nearly 50 countries around the world participated in the forum this year. Part of the forum were also presentations of over 200 investment projects and business opportunities, more than 400 G2G organizations, and over 200 media representatives from BiH, countries of the region and the world.