National businessmen isolated from the benefits of the “Open Balkan”
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Stasa Kosarac, said that the national businessmen do not deserve to be held hostage by the politics and political biases of the Federation structures of BiH (FBiH), who oppose BiH’s membership of the regional initiative “Open Balkan”.
He underlined that Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania are improving economic cooperation through the “Open Balkan”, and are jointly and solidarily seeking solutions to overcome the challenges posed by the current disruptions in the global market.
‘Such a policy is already having positive effects for the economy, as crowds and waiting times at borders are reduced and foreign trade traffic is increased. Unfortunately, BiH remains isolated from successful regional flows due to the political blockade of Sarajevo, which directly harms both the economy of Republika Srpska (RS) and the FBiH,” Minister Kosarac stressed.
In particular, he supported the agreement on food security mechanisms in the Western Balkans, which Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania signed at the “Open Balkan” summit in Belgrade. The agreement, he said, will prevent shortages of basic agricultural and food products in the markets of the mentioned countries.
”This is one of the best and most concrete examples of the benefits of joining the “Open Balkan”, as member countries will help each other in the event of disruptions in the supply chains of agricultural and food products from basis, i.e. when one of the countries faces a shortage of domestic market supply of wheat, corn, flour, dairy and meat products, sugar, fruits, vegetables, cereals and other products due to consequences of the global crisis”, added Minister Kosarac.
In this regard, he recalls that BiH recently faced the problem of lack of merchantable wheat and maize in the domestic market, which was successfully overcome thanks to Serbia’s friendly relations and sensitivity.
”Open Balkan is a chance and support for our businessmen, farmers, primary producers, processors… The real sector wants to be part of this process, which facilitates and improves business. It is illogical and unacceptable that the policy, i.e. the policy of Sarajevo, hinders the economic development of the RS and the FBiH, causing direct damage to the interests of national businessmen,” he said. -He underlines.
He reiterated that RS officials and their representatives in BiH-level institutions, starting with Serbian member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, RS President Zeljka Cvijanovic and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH Zoran Tegeltija, continuously support and advocate for membership in the “Open Balkan”.
”We will not give up or get tired of applying for membership in the “Open Balkan”, because we understand the needs of our business people and we are aware of the many advantages that this initiative brings. Our policy is connection and regional development. We want SRs in the Balkans who opens up and cooperates for the benefit of all citizens instead of BiH which remains an isolated black hole due to Sarajevo’s political prejudices”, Minister Stasa Kosarac concluded, Vijesti.ba writes.