„New investors need to be provided with transparent local administration, good communication with representatives of local governments and 'mobility' of decisions so that they could be feasible“, stated Minister of Administration and Local Self Government Lejla Resic at the Conference on the Competitiveness of local self-government units held on 10 March 2015. The above-stated was mentioned with reference to the program of certification of cities and municipalities with business friendly environment in South East Europe.
"Our job is to strengthen the local community since in that way we are strengthening the economy of the Republic of Srpska", Ms Resic emphasized.
Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation Zlatan Klokic stated that increasing the competitiveness of local self-government units through improvement of their efficacy and standards were the key factors for attracting foreign and domestic investors, adding that the representatives of all relevant institutions would facilitate the process of business registration.
Participants of the conference pointed out the necessity of the cooperation and communication of local communities in order to improve their competitiveness.
Director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Srpska Dragica Ristic stated that the Conference was held within the Business Environment Improvement Project.
Currently, only the city of Prijedor has the certificate, while the cities of Banja Luka, Bijeljina and the municipalities of Teslic, Mrkonjic Grad, Gradiska and Laktasi will obtain this certificate soon.
Mayor of Prijedor Marko Pavic said that this certificate was important for improving domestic business environment.
“The certificate implies that a certain level of achievement was reached. That is why in the previous year Prijedor welcomed several investors who are certain of our standards” said Mayor Pavic.
The regional manager of the Fund established by Germany and Switzerland, Mr Christophe di Marco, said that one of the objectives of the conference was to enhance the competiveness of municipalities through regional cooperation.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation, the Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government and the Chamber of Commerce.