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Eurochambres to support digitalisation of W. Balkan economies – Cadez


Eurochambres, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, plans to support the process of digitalisation of the economies of the Western Balkans, the president of Serbia’s Chamber of Commerce, Marko Cadez, said.

As early as mid-September, Eurochambres will hold a conference in Albania’s capital Tirana on the role of the chambers of commerce in the digital transformation of the Western Balkans economies, especially in the segment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Cadez said in a statement on Thursday.

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“The aim of the meeting is to present well-developed European chambers to Western Balkan colleagues – the electronic services they have developed for membership and the way they help the digitisation of their economies. It will be an opportunity for regional chambers to become better acquainted with the possibilities and results of using electronic documents,” Cadez said.

The European experience in the cooperation with governments in the digitisation of administrative procedures, as well as in securing cybersecurity is valuable for the Western Balkans, he noted.

“We will also discuss digital or Internet taxation, the digitisation of the establishment of cross-border companies within the EU, and other issues that may not currently affect the Western Balkan economy. However, it is very important that we already participate in the adoption of decisions, which will also define the operations of our companies after the EU accession,” Cadez said.

The Western Balkan Six Chamber Investment Forum (WB CIF) officially launched a regional online investment platform at the Western Balkans Investment Summit at the EBRD’s headquarters in London in February.

The online platform is a window for new business opportunities in the region — the database contains important information to potential investors, ranging from macroeconomic indicators, credit and business ratings, to information about regulatory framework for business operations and answers to questions about why to invest in the region.