Šabac, June 21, 2016 – U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott, visited the Opportunity Bank Serbia’s (OBS) Sabac branch office to hear about OBS’s latest innovations to increase access to finance for small, rural businesses. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported OBS since 2002. OBS works to provide micro, rural, agro and small- and medium-enterprise (SME) lending to Serbian businesses that cannot obtain financial assistance from traditional banks.
Belgrade – On Jun 20, 2016, the 15th official World Refugee Day, the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), presented the results of the first public opinion survey on Serbian citizens’ attitudes towards the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis.
On May 10, 2016, Ambassador Kyle Randolph Scott met with Ms. Gordana Rajkov, President of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) Serbia and long-time disability movement activist, to discuss voters with disabilities’ participation in the April 2016 Serbian elections. Last month’s election was the first time Serbia collected data about the accessibility of polling stations for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
On April 6, the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched an 18-month, $700.000 project to support and improve capabilities of select local communities, volunteer organizations, and civil society organizations. The project is a direct response to the current European migration crisis. The project will also help municipalities to develop strategies and structures to respond to future man-made and natural crises.
BELGRADE – On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, the Government of Serbia and NALED, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have presented the National Program for Countering the Shadow Economy, adopted by the Government of Serbia on December 17, 2015. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, U.S. Ambassador, Michael Kirby, German Ambassador, Axel Dittmann, and President of NALED's Managing Board Vladan Atanasijević opened the conference.
Belgrade - On December 22, 2015, Ambassador, Michael D. Kirby; the Speaker of the Parliament, Maja Gojković; the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran, Disability and Social Issues, Aleksandar Vulin; and the Director of the Center for Independent Living, Gordana Rajkov; launched the Strengthening the Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia project. The 18-month project will be implemented in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
On December 18, 2015, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby, the Mayor of Novi Pazar Meho Mahmutović, and Assistant Minister for SME at the Ministry of Economy Katarina Obradović-Jovanović, formally opened the ozone jeans finishing facility in Novi Pazar.
In June 2015, USAID Serbia supported six Novi Pazar denim producers that employ more than 400 workers and export to international markets, to establish an association called PRO-DENIM, and jointly use the ozone-based technology for jeans finishing.
On December 17, Ambassador Michael D. Kirby visited the Hera company, a family owned business producing frozen baked goods, and met with its owners Vesna and Zoran Jevtović. Thanks to its collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Embassy, the company has been able to acquire required certification, expand its markets and increase exports. In September 2015, Hera began exporting its products to the U.S. market.
USAID’s Business Enabling Project (BEP) today released the results of its fifth annual Serbian Business Survey. The survey, which reflects 1,000 Serbian businesses’ opinions on the state of Serbia’s business environment, showed that recent reforms are making it easier for them to operate.
Last updated: September 02, 2016