Online meeting of the representatives of the mixed chambers and business associations with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia was held on November 27th, 2020.
Marko Čadež, President of the CCIS invited the representatives of the mixed chambers and business associations in Serbia to turn directly to the CCIS for support in identifying and resolving specific requests of the member companies and mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“What we have in common are our interests, as well as activities aimed at fighting COVID-19, said Mr. Cadez, reminding the participants of the new CCIS analytical, specialized service for companies to obtain information about all the key questions regarding the coronavirus-related operations in the country and abroad, the impact on individual sectors and the latest developments, official recommendations and measures.”
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, CCIS has launched 65 initiatives aimed at adopting or amending the Government decisions and measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 42 initiatives were adopted, among which are maintaining the flow of goods, protecting supply chains, food price monitoring etc.
The meeting gathered representatives of the French-Serbian, Italian-Serbian, German-Serbian, Swiss-Serbian and British-Serbian Chambers of Commerce, Confindustria, Belgian-Serbian and Dutch-Serbian Business Associations, Hellenic Business Association of Serbia as well as the Croatian and Slovenian Business Clubs and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.
The representatives of the business associations and chambers pointed out the changing role of business associations – now serving mainly as information platforms for its members, with strategic orientation aiming to contributing to mitigating the COVID-related challenges faced by the companies, through selective financial support and other measures. But they also emphasized that a continuous exchange of experience is also necessary, as well as joining forces on further systematic simplification of procedures that make businesses difficult in the current situation. New opportunities, in the light of the current situation, for improving the cooperation among the business associations and, with joint efforts, upgrading the business and investment environment in the Republic of Serbia were also discussed.