Bregu: Region’s special potential lies in the diversity of possible entrepreneurial engagement that has not been fully utilized just yet
- 12 Jun 2023
RCC Secretary General in Frankfurt at Digisustain Conference on green transition of Western Balkans
Frankfurt – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General Majlinda Bregu was in Frankfurt, Germany, today, taking part at the Digisustain Conference at a panel dedicated to regional competencies and green investment opportunities in the Western Balkans. Digisustain gathers innovators, representatives of non-governmental sector, financial institutions and best-practice leaders and is aimed at furthering efforts on sustainable transformation through digitalisation.
“Germany is the Western Balkans’ top investment and political partner and continued collaboration with the German and EU markets is a key driver for attracting investments, enhancing competitiveness, and promoting sustainable economic development. Germany is in the top 5 countries with the highest FDI inflows in WB (2.5 billion euro), contributing to creating 125,000 jobs in the region. The Western Balkans Six are attractive because of their geographical location, competitive wage levels, educated labour force and also because of the "soft" factors such as cultural proximity and good reputation of their workforce. This panel is particularly timely as our region seeks to tap into the various nearshoring opportunities and to leverage the advantages and also our determination to sooner than later contribute to and join the EU family, on the grounds of shared values, beliefs, and interests,” said Bregu at her panel dubbed “Channelling Competence: Energy, Finance & Digitalisation to ensure sustainable growth”.
The RCC Secretary General spoke on regional cooperation agendas such as Common Regional Market, Digital and Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, and the already-achieved tangible results including Green Lanes, Mutual Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications, travel with ID cards agreement and more, whose full positive impact the region is yet to feel.
Alongside Ms. Bregu the panel gathered Jan van Bilsen, IFC World Bank Group, Kai von Luebtow, Robert Bosch, Andreas Weimann, Solvadis, and Daniel Schlegel, Robert Bosch. The Conference aims at creating a platform for dialogue on challenges and recommendations for sustainable transformation of industry and economies with topics ranging from scaling of political efforts for sustainable industry to protection of biodiversity and sustainable transition financing opportunities.
More information on Digisustain here.
More information on Common Regional Market here.
More information on Green Agenda for the Western Balkans here.