Call for participation – Networking Conference: LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Current State, Opportunities, and New Realities

Long economic stagnation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has a negative impact on all areas of society: from rising unemployment rate to rising crime and emigration. Despite a large number of strategies and action plans for managing economic development in BiH, real economic transformation of communities is lacking. What are the key reforms and first steps that should be taken to empower local communities socio-economically? What approaches and programs have been prepared by local, cantonal and entity authorities? What are the forms of involvement of the business and civil sector in these processes? How will we respond to the additional economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Join us at the conference that aims to question the previously mentioned challenges. The conference will bring together a large number of representatives of the public, business and civil sectors, as well as academia and the media. Also, the conference should serve as a mechanism for exchanging information on ongoing programs, initiatives, plans and ideas and establish useful contacts and partnerships.

Prof. dr. Anto Domazet, an expert with many years of experience in this field, will present the current situation, while dr. Ermin Cero will present the opportunities that exist for financing local development projects in BiH.

The second part of the conference is reserved for representatives of cities and municipalities in BiH and the presentation of their activities, plans, challenges and initiatives. Representatives of cities and municipalities in BiH, domestic and foreign chambers of commerce, international organizations as well as relevant public institutions, including relevant ministries and public institutions and companies, are invited to join the multisectoral dialogue.

In addition to exchanging ideas and opinions, our goal is to develop proposals for future activities of the Network for Building Peace, which aims to connect and unite actors working to build long-term positive peace and sustainable development in BiH and the region through support for social dialogue, solidarity and joint action.

Please fill in the application form via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Razvoj

After the conference, participants will receive a detailed conference report, presentations and contacts.

The Network for Building Peace gathers 217 members, of which 195 are civil society organizations and 22 schools. The web portals of the Network www.mreza-mira.net and www.snagalokalnog.ba record around 300,000 visits, and the Facebook page is followed by 31,000 people, while the newsletter is opened daily by around 4,000 users.

Conference agenda

11:00 – 11:15

Welcoming remarks and goals of the conference

USAID BiH Representative (TBC)

Nataša Maksimović, President of the Network for Building Peace

Snježana Ivandić Ninković, Program Manager of the Snaga lokalnog Program

11:15 – 11:45

Presentation “Local economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina – key reforms, first steps and new realities in the post-crisis COVID-19 period”

Prof. dr. Anto Domazet, Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo

11:45 – 12:15

Presentation “Investments and opportunities for local development in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Dr. Ermin Cero, International Burch University

12: 15 – 13:00

Plans and initiatives: short presentations by representatives of cities and municipalities

13:00 – 13:30

Discussion, questions and suggestions

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