Newsletter 28/2013 - RCC events calendar

26.09.2013 - 27.09.2013

Second Bosnia and Herzegovina congress on railways, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The event will discuss development of railway transportation system, infrastructure needs and financial availabilities as well as the legal and institutional railway reforms and horizontal requirements in this field. The discussion will focus on the ongoing development and the impending implementation of the transport part of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy, currently being prepared under the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) auspices.
Participants will make their contributions by sharing experience regarding operation, planning and development strategies, while focusing on defining their role in a successful implementation of the SEE 2020. 

The congress will bring together international researchers, operators, infrastructure managers and railway equipment manufacturers, as well as representatives of government and financial sectors from South East Europe.
It is organized by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ACE B&H), in cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council.


South East Europe Investment Committee meeting to adopt the first draft of SEE 2020 strategy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The main objective of the meeting is to adopt the first draft of the South East Europe (SEE) 2020 strategy, and review the Draft Ministerial Declaration for its adoption by the SEE ministers of economy on 21 November 2013 in Sarajevo. Furthermore, the SEE Investment Committee will review the sector-specific approach to improving value chains in the region.

The basic goal of the SEE 2020 strategy is to improve living conditions in the region and bring competitiveness and development back in focus. In that sense, the document draws inspiration from the EU strategy Europe 2020. Its most important targets include: employment growth from 39% to 44%, increase of total regional trade turnover by more than double, from 94 to 210 billion euro, the rise of the region’s GDP per capita from current 36% to 44% of the EU average, and addition of 300,000 highly qualified people to the workforce.

Achieving these targets should contribute to generating 1 million new jobs in South East Europe by 2020. To make this happen, innovation, skills and trade must be upgraded and national governments will need to be far more efficient than they are nowadays.

The event will bring together South East Europe Investment Committee (SEEIC) economic teams, representatives of national Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) coordination offices, dimension coordinators for the SEE 2020 strategy, European Commission, international and regional partner organizations.

The meeting is being co-chaired by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations.