Why Serbia?


Since 2000, Serbia has attracted over €24 billion of inward foreign direct investment. In 2011, Serbia was the leader in CEE in attracting FDI with €2.2 billion of inbound investments. Success continued in 2012 and according to the Ernst & Young’s Attractiveness Survey report for 2013 Serbia was one of the countries with the greatest capacity to attract large job-intensive projects, both in terms of number of projects and number of jobs created. Read more

EVENTS

September 2015

Name:        World Food Moscow, Moscow, Russia
Day/Time: September 14 - 17, 2015                  
Venue:       Krasnopresnenskaya nab 14, Moscow

More information you can find here.

MOW, Bad Salzuflen, Germany

Don't delay and register your interest for our prestigious 8th annual SEE Private Equity & Mergers and Acquisitions Forum which is the leading industry event in the Balkans region and largest annual PE conference.  Forum will take place September 24 at the Metropol Palace Hotel, Belgrade Serbia.  

The event will provide an exceptional networking arena for corporates and international investment professionals interested in deal making in SEE, it is also the place to be to discuss the current investment climate and future landscape of private equity in SEE.

This year, a number of case studies will examine the latest acquisitions deals and the key factors behind a successful exit. Speakers and participants will include Ernst & Young, Top-tier Legal Adriatic and Mid Europa Partners who, after SBB/Telemach exit deal, recently just closed another major PE deal in Serbia, acquiring majority stake in Serbia’s Danube Foods Group, one of the largest consumer goods companies in Serbia.

Forum sponsor by: TLA - Gold sponsor, EY - Silver sponsor, EOS - Silver sponsor, DENTONS - Silver sponsor and Karanovic/Nikolic - Bronze sponsor

Key Points of Discussion Include:
  • Private Equity outlook for 2015/16
  • Is succession stories a source of transaction in SEE?
  • Acquisition of Danube Foods Group Case Study
  • What kind of exits can we expect in 2015/2016
  • Investments in distressed debt opportunities and NPL
  • IFIs investment and support for SMEs programmes
  • Where do investors see a strong rebound this year in M&A and PE?
  • Legal and regulatory constraints
  • Exploring investment opportunities in prominent sectors such as TMT, FMCG, Energy and Healthcare

Key Panel Discussion:

The largest transaction on the radar is the privatisation of Telekom Srbija, which has now been officially launched.  Hear from industry experts such as Rob Irving (Dentons), Nicole Arditti (Lazard Freres), Matej Runjak (SSH) and more about what's in the pipeline for South East Europe. 

Feature Panel Discussion: "The Final Wave of Privatisation in SEE"
- What will be long term impact of privatisation for SEE economy
- What are risks associated with privatisation?

Other Speakers include:
  • Troy Weeks, EBRD, United Kingdom
  • Stefan Tzalov, EIF, Luxembourg
  • Michal Kedzia, Enterprise Investors, Poland
  • Rossen Ivanov, Managing partner, BlackPeak Capital, ,Bulgaria
  • Matej Runjak, Member of the Management Board, Slovenian Sovereign Holdings, Slovenia
  • Andrej Babache, Director, Mid Europa Partners, United Kingdom
  • Richard Golden, Executive director, Raiffeisen Centrobank, Austria
  • Rob Irving, Partner, Dentons, Hungary
  • Bill Fawkner-Corbett, Investment director, CEE Equity Partners, Poland
  • Miljan Zdrale, Senior Banker-Head of Agribusiness, EBRD, United Kingdom
  • Boris Savoric, Senior Partner, Savoric & Partners, Croatia
  • Gavin Ryan, Senior Advisor, Banca Transilvania, Romania
  • Gagik Akparian, Managing Partner, Tetrad Capital Partners, United Kingdom
  • Nicola Stefanovic, General Director, SEAF South Balkan Fund, Serbia
  • Piotr Mietkowski, Managing Director- Head of CEE, BNP Paribas, France
  • Ivaylo Spasov, Managing Partner, Entrea Capital, Bulgaria
  • Nicole Arditti, Senior Advisor, Lazard Frères, France
  • Dejan Dragojevic, Managing Director, Hypo Alpe- Adria-Rent, Serbia
  • Darko Schwarzberger, Assistant Director, EMEIA M&A, EY, United Kingdom
  • Nenad Popovic, Senior Partner, Jankovic, Popovic & Mitic, Serbia plus many more

Participation fee: £490 for companies with headquarters in the Balkan region, or £890 if they are outside of it. Companies invited by SIEPA have 20% off on registration.

Contact person:
Monique Bonnick, Marketing Executive, EEL Events, monique.bonnick@eelevents.co.uk

 

The Republic of Serbia, will for the second time be present at the World Expo- “Feed the Planet. Energy for life”,  with the aim to present itself to the world and promote its national identity through food and gastronomy, while simultaneously positioning and promoting its historical heritage, culture, traditions, investment and tourism potentials, as well as opportunities for economic exchange.
A harmonious blend of flavors, food and memories of antiquity, tradition and modernity: this is the atmosphere reflected in Serbia’s participation at Expo Milano 2015.
 
With its 250 square meters of exhibition space within the Bio-Mediterraneum Cluster, Serbia seeks to stimulate dialogue among visitors about the problems that still exist in the field of nutrition. This aims to reveal, on the one hand, its cultural identity, its history and its traditions; and on the other, the possibilities posed by the combination of the territory’s rich natural resources and technological innovation in agriculture, promoting a better quality of life and food.
 
Serbia’s cultural, social and gastronomic identity was and is today influenced by its historical and geographical proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea, so its decision to participate in the Cluster dedicated to this region is not by chance.
 
Within its exhibition space, Serbia develops three "thematic paths" that run through the country's history and the evolution of its cuisine: Wheat and Water – Food of Neolithic to Modern Man, an exploration of the origins of modern Serbian cuisine, mirroring the spirit of its people; Organic Serbia – Food that is Organic and Healthy, as Energy for the Future, or in other words, a rediscovery of traditional recipes using local ingredients, grown in a natural way, such as raspberries; Fusion Cuisine from Serbia – Food as a Tourist Attraction, because if it is true that to learn about the life, culture and traditions of a country you have to taste its food, this applies even more so in Serbia, where its cuisine results from centuries of exchange between different cultures and civilizations.

World Exhibition will be held in Milan, Italy from May 1st,  to October 31st 2015.

For more information about the Serbian Pavillion at Expo 2015, visit here

October 2015

ANUGA, the world’s leading food fair for the retail trade is comprised of 10 tradeshows under one roof (Fine Food, Frozen Food, Meat, Drinks, Chilled &Fresh Food, Dairy, Bread &Bakery, Hot Beverages, Organic, RetailTec, and Food Service). Apart from that, ANUGA proved to be the ideal spot where exhibitors from all over the globe promote their products, enter into business agreements and learn more about the emerging trends in food market.

This year’s exhibition of Serbian companies under the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia will enable them to introduce their high quality food products and target new markets, as well as benefit from acquiring new potential clients and collect business contacts.

The Exhibition will take place in Cologne, Germany from Saturday, 10th to Wednesday, 14th October, 2015.

At ANUGA 2015 Republic of Serbia will be represented by 15 exhibitors:
- HALL 4, intended for producers of frozen products, at stand B-081g, level 2, the total of 6 companies: ITN GROUP, MASTER FRIGO, MINI PANI, PLANTER, SICOBERRY and VOCAR;
- HALL11, intended for producers of final products, at stand F-060g, level 1, the total of 9 companies: AGRANELA, BASKET, BILJE BORCA, GLOBAL SEED, KOELEMAN FOODS PRODUCTS, MEDINO, PIONIR, YUMIS and ZDRAVO ORGANIC.

More information you can find here.
GITEX, Dubai, UAE


Expo Real, Munich, Germany
The Republic of Serbia, will for the second time be present at the World Expo- “Feed the Planet. Energy for life”,  with the aim to present itself to the world and promote its national identity through food and gastronomy, while simultaneously positioning and promoting its historical heritage, culture, traditions, investment and tourism potentials, as well as opportunities for economic exchange.

A harmonious blend of flavors, food and memories of antiquity, tradition and modernity: this is the atmosphere reflected in Serbia’s participation at Expo Milano 2015.
 
With its 250 square meters of exhibition space within the Bio-Mediterraneum Cluster, Serbia seeks to stimulate dialogue among visitors about the problems that still exist in the field of nutrition. This aims to reveal, on the one hand, its cultural identity, its history and its traditions; and on the other, the possibilities posed by the combination of the territory’s rich natural resources and technological innovation in agriculture, promoting a better quality of life and food.
 
Serbia’s cultural, social and gastronomic identity was and is today influenced by its historical and geographical proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea, so its decision to participate in the Cluster dedicated to this region is not by chance.
 
Within its exhibition space, Serbia develops three "thematic paths" that run through the country's history and the evolution of its cuisine: Wheat and Water – Food of Neolithic to Modern Man, an exploration of the origins of modern Serbian cuisine, mirroring the spirit of its people; Organic Serbia – Food that is Organic and Healthy, as Energy for the Future, or in other words, a rediscovery of traditional recipes using local ingredients, grown in a natural way, such as raspberries; Fusion Cuisine from Serbia – Food as a Tourist Attraction, because if it is true that to learn about the life, culture and traditions of a country you have to taste its food, this applies even more so in Serbia, where its cuisine results from centuries of exchange between different cultures and civilizations.

World Exhibition will be held in Milan, Italy from May 1st,  to October 31st 2015.

For more information about the Serbian Pavillion at Expo 2015, visit here

November 2015

  • News

    • Belgrade`s Nikola Tesla - the fastest-growing airport in Europe

      Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla won the prestigious Euro Annie award in the airport traffic growth category for the largest increase in passenger numbers in 2014. A total of 350 airports in Europe were in the competition for the awards, and Belgrade's airport was awarded in the category of airports whose annual passenger traffic is from 3 to 5 million. Read more 31. 08. 2015.
    • The highest score goes to Serbia

      The study named "Economic barometer of South Eastern Europe" conducted by the Austrian credit insurance "Prisma" and "GfK Austria" has shown that economic index for Serbia is 79 out of a possible 100 points, which means it has the most positive economic environment in the region. Index involves an assessment of the overall economic situation in the country, import-export and investment activities as well as payment related behavior/culture. Read more 21. 05. 2015.
    • Swarovski announced moving its production to Serbia

      As reported by news agencies, Austrian company Swarovski, world-known producer of luxury cut lead glass, announced that it has decided to close its plants in China and Czech Republic. In the next period the company will concentrate its production on the company headquarters in Wattens (Austria), as well as to the new plant in Serbia. Read more 09. 03. 2015.
    • A Three-Year Arrangement with MMF

      On February 23, 2015 the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund approved a three-year, SDR 935.4 million (about €1.2 billion) new Stand-By Arrangement for Serbia. As it is stated at the IMF website, the Serbian authorities have indicated their intention to treat the program as precautionary. Read more 24. 02. 2015.
  • INVESTMENT LOCATIONS DATABASE

  • Suppliers Database

  • Publications

  • Newsletter