The World Bank and Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borissov have launched a regional initiative to support regional integration in the Western Balkans region.
World Bank Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva is on an official visit to Bulgaria dedicated to the Bulgarian EU Presidency, regional co-operation and 25 years since the opening of the World Bank office in Bulgaria.
The cornerstone of Georgieva’s visit is the International Conference for Stronger Integration in the Balkans, being held in Sofia on December 7.
Attendees include Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, Nirko Sarovic, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hashim Thaçi, President of Kosovo, Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of fYROMacedonia, Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro and Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia.
The conference is divided into two sessions, the first on transport and trade connectivity, and the second on building regional IT and technology clusters in the Balkans with a special focus on investing in people and job-creating skills acquisition, the World Bank said in a statement./IBNA