BiH Council of Ministers Chairman Zoran Tegeltija said today at the Balkans Investment Conference in London that the new Council of Ministers is committed to dedicated work on the European integration and reform processes aimed at stabilizing the economic situation.
After a solemn opening of the Conference and the welcoming addresses by President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development /EBRD/ Suma Chakrabarti and Andrej Plenković, the Prime Minister of Croatia, which is chairing the EU, BiH Council of Ministers Chairman, with prime ministers and ministers of the Balkans countries, participated on the working session.
“At the margins of the conference, which was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Tegeltija met with Chakrabarti to discuss the current political and economic situation in BiH, regional projects and initiatives”, according to a statement of the Council of Ministers.
Tegeltija stressed that the newly established Council of Ministers is fully committed to continue its work in accordance with its competences and together with the entity governments, on the European integration and reform processes aimed at stabilizing the economic situation, economic growth, increasing public administration efficiency and drawing foreign investments with a view to creating new jobs.
Investment plans for the upcoming period was also discussed, with particular focus on intensifying cooperation in providing support to an initiative to reinforce the investment climate in BiH.
In his speech at the conference, Tegeltija emphasized that BiH last year drew the greatest amount of EBRD funds and expressed the hope that this will be the case in the coming period as well.
The Council of Ministers Chairman placed regional projects in three groups, the first one being infrastructure ties.
“The fact is that we are in a hurry to build roads towards the West, while the road infrastructure and mutual communication between us /in the Balkans/ are in second place”, Tegeltija said.
Tegeltija added that energy projects are important and pointed out that experiences from cooperation in joint energy projects have not been utilized.
According to him, projects for the protection of people from natural disasters are in the third group./ibna