Bled, 16 September (STA) - Almost 300 representatives of companies and government and non-government organisations from 17 countries gathered in Bled on Thursday for a two-day forum of SE Europe entitled Bled-Kopaonik, which will look for answers for the future of the economy and management challenges in the region.
Danica Purg, the director of the IEDC Management School Bled, one of the organisers, said at the opening that the participants would discuss ways to exit the crisis and how to contribute to healthier and sustainable development.
Slovenia's Development and European Affairs Minister Mitja Gaspari, a honorary sponsor of the event, noted that Slovenia as a former member of Yugoslavia wanted full integration of the countries of Southeast Europe to the EU.
Gaspari is convinced that new sources of economic growth are innovation, green and sustainable growth and trade, and that efficient use of resources and materials are of primary importance.
The challenges which the region has to tackle are meanwhile climate change, demographic indicators and financial stability, with a low activity of banks being the biggest problem in the short term, the minister added.
According to Gaspari, the focal points of the future growth should be innovation, education, digital society, climate, energy, mobility, competitiveness, employment and fight against poverty.
Dragan Djuricin, the head of the Association of Serbian Economists, a co-organiser, assessed that the main long-term problem in Serbia was the imbalance between the financial sector and industry, which hampers the country's competitiveness.
Djuricin added that there was no single formula for how to achieve sustainable growth. He is convinced that Serbia has to think about what a society it would like to have and whether an adequate economic model is being established in the country.