Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the United Kingdom, Branko T. Nešković, carrying out his diplomatic activity, from 22 to 24 November visited Scotland, one of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom, having meetings with the officials of this friendly country, homeland of the ancient Gaels.
During the meeting with the Scottish First Minister Nicole Sturgeon, actual political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Scotland was discussed. Ambassador Nešković briefed the First Minister Sturgeon on the steps Bosnia and Herzegovina made on its path in the process of European integration, expressing his hope that it would get a negotiating status as early as next year and start the negotiations regarding its accession to EU. The Ambassador used this opportunity to express readiness to engage more in the issue of upgrading future economic cooperation. The First Minister Sturgeon thanked the Ambassador for his visit, welcoming the BiH's commitment to European integration, expressing her interest in upgrading future economic cooperation between Scotland and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Improvement of economic cooperation was a theme of a very interesting and constructive meeting with the Mayor of Edinburgh, Lord Provost. After London, Edinburgh is the second most productive city, with a highly inventive economy relying on its universities and exceptionally rich cultural and touristic offer.
During this visit, Ambassador Nešković met Minister of Culture and Foreign Affairs in the Scottish Government Fiona Hyslop, with whom he discussed the modalities for cultural cooperation, as well as with Alexia Haramis, Head of Department for Corporate and Foreign Development in the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, when opportunities for presenting our economy in Edinburgh and networking between the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and any of our chambers were discussed.
Ambassador Nešković talked with Lord Ken Macintosh, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament about the actual political situation in Scotland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as about the possibilities for parliamentary cooperation.
During his visit to the University of Edinburgh, the Ambassador Nešković met Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice-Principal International and Edinburgh Global Director, with whom he discussed the opportunities for cooperation between this University and the universities in our country. The University of Edinburgh is a prestigious European university with approximately 40,000 students from more than 130 countries. Possibility to jointly apply for a cooperation project funded by EU was mentioned.
This visit to Scotland was used to present a better image of our country and to improve our economic cooperation. During the visit, new FIPA’s promotional material “Invest in BiH” was disseminated. There should be particularly emphasized that during this visit our hosts dedicated us an extraordinary attention and showed their kind hospitality.