The Forum was opened by Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad, and CEO of Bosna Bank International Amer Bukvic.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina is a complex country composed of two entities, and three constituent peoples, which makes the political life rather difficult. But it is also a stable country for business. You can develop your business safely here. Bosnia and Herzegovina has gotten out of the time when it required humanitarian aid, now we need assistance with development, and development should be of mutual interest”, Dodik said during the opening ceremony. “I want you all to feel nice in Sarajevo”.
The first day of the Forum includes three panel discussions: ‘Leadership Panel’, ‘Challenges for the SEE Region (Turning Brain Drain into Brain Gain)’, and ‘Sustainable Development’, with participation of a number of prominent guests, such as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak, former Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu, former President of the Republic of Croatia Stjepan Mesic, as well as ministers and other high-ranking officials from Malaysia, Morocco, Montenegro and Slovenia, and many other representatives of the business and political area from the world and the region.
During the three-day Forum, presentations of the SBF sponsors and partners will be held, with B2B meetings to be held for networking and developing new business opportunities.
Special attention will be paid to the economic potential of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the entire region, as well as to investment potentials of Bosnian diaspora.
The last day of the Forum will see the final of the youth business competition SBF Start-up Challenge.
Statement published on the Forum’s official web-site reads that the SBF is “connecting institutional and private investors and businessmen from all over the world with businessmen and project owners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia”. “The Forum represents a platform for business networking and exploration of investment and business opportunities in the Southeast Europe region with the sole objective to foster its economic development”, the organizers said.