By Nevena Sarenac Mostar
International Economy Fair ‘Mostar 2013’ which lasted from 9 to 13 April has fulfilled all expectations of organisers and it was one of the brightest spots in the city on the Neretva River.
Partner of this year’s event was the EU, and all 27 member states were presented at the joint stand of Mostar Fair.
At the fair, all the branches of industry were presented, from wood industry, construction industry, car industry, banking, food industry, telecommunications, media, horticulture, etc.
General fair exhibition was followed by traditional sub-fair events such as Tourism Fair, Book and Printing Industry Fair, and IT Fair.
‘Having in mind all the political turmoil in Mostar, it was our wish to finally present something good about Mostar. From 9 to 13, citizens of Mostar lived with the fair, region and the EU’, said the manager of the International Economy Fair ‘Mostar 2013’ Dalfina Bošnjak.
She noted that 800 participants from 33 countries presented themselves at the fair, and added that this year’s fair was the best fair from the previous 16, primarily thanks to the partnership with the EU.
‘EU gave the support in the economic sense. Representatives of the EU have organised, during the fair different educational workshops on consequences of the accession of Croatia to the EU on BiH, and on topic how BiH can apply for IPA funds’, said Dalfina Bošnjak.
Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and Special Representative of the EU to BiH Peter Sorensen, Chairman of BiH Council of Ministers Vjekoslav Bevanda, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, of Serbia Ivica Dačić and of Croatia Zoran Milanović had speeches during the solemn opening ceremony of the Fair.
Participation of regional prime ministers at the opening ceremony, as Mrs. Bošnjak noted contributed to the promotion of the Fair and BiH in general.
‘They all sent positive messages from the Mostar Fair, which are primarily concerned with regional economic cooperation’ said the manager of Mostar Fair.
During the Fair, participants have opened numerous themes in relation with European integrations of BiH, and Bošnjak hopes that the Mostar Fair will contribute to faster accession of BiH to the European family.
Talking about the characteristics of Mostar Fair, she said that it differs from other fairs in the country and region because it offers a great deal of educational workshops and significant business meetings.
‘Return information is more than positive. People have made numerous business contracts, and the Fair gave a significant contribution in connecting business people’ said, among other things Mrs. Bošnjak.
International Economy Fair ‘Mostar 2013’ has significantly influenced the improvement of tourist offer of City of Mostar and BiH.
According to estimates made by Mrs. Bošnjak, more than 40 000 people attended the opening of the fair
At the official closing ceremony of the Fair, special representative of EU to BiH Peter Sorensen held a speech and he noted that this year’s event was magnificent.
He added that, the EU stand alone had more than 3 000 people visit it, and noted that these events are very important for all citizens of BiH.
The US ambassador to BiH Patrick Moon talked about the importance of economic prosperity and political stability in his blog and noted that the Mostar International Economic Fair is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal economic situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
‘The wide range of industries represented, the high attendance, and the strong regional interest in the fair is encouraging. It is an example of the power and energy of BiH industry and an opportunity for businesses to network, learn from each other and identify ways of working together. And I am proud to say that this year the U.S. Embassy is represented at the fair alongside our partners from the American Chamber of Commerce in BiH’ , wrote among other things ambassador Moon.