Balkan leaders gather in Mostar for business fair

Balkan leaders gather in mostar for business fair | mostar-fair.com

Presidents and prime ministers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia are visiting the Bosnian town of Mostar for the 21st International Economy Fair, aiming to boost regional business cooperation, sources reported.

The 21st International Economy Fair in Mostar will be opened on Tuesday by President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, which is a partner in this year’s event. 

Also, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov are visiting Mostar for the fair.

Although the tripartite Bosnian presidency is the main sponsor of the fair, the regional leaders will only be welcomed one of its members, Dragan Covic.

Covic is the Croat member of the Bosnian presidency; the Bosniak and Serb members, Bakir Izetbegovic and Mladen Ivanic, are not going to Mostar.

Ivanic and Izetbegovic explained their absence by saying that they had previous commitments, which caused surprise as the presidency accepted the patronage of the International Economy Fair in October last year, when its date was already known. Covic said that he will also talk with Vucic about non-economic topics.

“We will discuss all the issues that have remained unresolved in spite of attempts to speed up the dynamics of resolving all open issues between Bosnia and Serbia over the last year,” Covic told Bosnian media.

 “We should be proud that we have the Mostar fair, that it exists, that hotels are full,” Covic said, adding “We did something great, and if someone has a comment, we'll let him enjoy [his] comments.”

Cooperation between these countries is an concern applied in different fields, the ones of cross-border mother nature, to political understanding, addressing into a social and socio-economic prosperity.