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Pilot Plant for New Food Product Development Opens in Leskovac
April 22, 2015

LESKOVAC – On April 22, 2015, the USAID Mission Director Azza El-Abd and Mayor of Leskovac Goran Cvetanovic opened a pilot plant for new food product development at the Food Technology Park (FTP) in Leskovac. USAID provided $90,000 for the establishment of pilot plant, to enable food processors to develop new and improved products in a cost-efficient way.

“The innovations coming out of this research and development facility will increase the food processing sector's competitiveness and boost sales,” said Azza El Abd, the USAID/Serbia Mission Director.   

For the development of a new product, food processors previously needed to use large samples to test products, which substantially increased the cost of product development. The new facility will support all stages of product development, from idea generation, through concept development, to the production of trial samples in small batches. Also, the plant’s capacity will expand to include other sectors of food processing, apart from confectionary and bakery product lines.

USAID Disburses one-time Financial Assistance to Vulnerable Families whose Livelihoods were Destroyed in Recent Floods
August 28, 2014

 In Obrenovac, the neediest families have received a pre-loaded gift card for $330 issued by UniCredit Bank and intended for the reconstruction of their households. The gift cards may be used without any conditions – the recipients determine their needs and priorities - at ATMs or anywhere that accepts Mastercard debit cards. Though the gift card may not cover all of their needs, it will certainly help jumpstart the recovery process.

Azza El-Abd Sworn In As Mission Director for Serbia
August 27, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Azza El-Abd was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission Director for Serbia.  USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Paige Alexander administered the oath.

As Mission Director for Serbia, Ms. El-Abd will be responsible for managing USAID’s program with the objective of supporting Serbia’s efforts to strengthen democratic practices and institutions, increase economic growth, and improve the quality of education.

South Serbia Youth and Entrepreneurs Recognized for Participation in YouthBuild Program
July 10, 2014

Bujanovac – United States Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, Predrag Ranić, Head of Caritas Luxembourg Mission in Serbia, and Maja Stojanović, Executive Director at Civic Initiatives, awarded certificates to the third generation of participants in the YouthBuild program in South Serbia.  Municipal representatives also distributed letters of recognition to thirty local entrepreneurs for their participation and support. 

E-Learning Program Benefits Local Economic Development
June 23, 2014

BELGRADE – Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, Deputy Prime Minister Kori Udovički and President of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) Zoran Perišić presented certificates to 61 officials from 22 municipalities throughout Serbia today.  These local officials successfully finished the e-learning program whose goal was to gain the knowledge and skills needed to better manage economic development in their communities, attract new local and foreign investments, and create jobs.

Horticulture Incubator Program Creates Jobs For Youth
June 18, 2014

NOVI BEČEJ – Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, State Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sport Nenad Borovčanin, Novi Bečej Mayor Saša Šućurović, president of the Kikinda municipal Assembly Aleksandra Majkić, and the Assistant Mayor of Zrenjanin Duško Radišić, ceremonially opened greenhouses today that have been built with support from the Youth Horticulture Incubator Program.

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Last updated: April 24, 2015

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