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.
NOVI SAD - The first in a series of Women Leadership Academies (WLA) was organized by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Novi Sad from September 16 – 19, 2015. Thirty five women politicians from seventeen political parties discussed gender representation and how to advocate for gender equality in policy processes.
The Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) is a two-year direct partnership with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE). WLA supports women leaders in increasing the participation of women in local governments and advancing gender equality agendas.
WLA will support women holding or running for office in 2016 and it will work with political parties to nominate female candidates. It also will create new partnerships and networks throughout Serbia to advocate for gender equality.
Last updated: August 23, 2016