The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), at its headquaters in London held a high level Western Balkans Investment Summit. The Summit was attended by the prime ministers and ministers of Western Balkan countries, representatives of the European Union and international financial institutions, leading entrepreneurs of the region and potential investors. Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Branko T. Neskovic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in London, Mirko Šarović, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Jasmin Buco, Director of Highways of the Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Svetozar Miletic, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy.
Beside Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the Prime Ministers session, the participants were addressed by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanović, Prime Minister of Croatia Tihomir Orešković, Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama and Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa. They presented investment opportunities in their countries and projects for which they expected support from the EBRD.
Chairman of the Council of Ministers, in his speech, among other things, emphasized the importance of regional cooperation and cohesion in the Western Balkans, especially in the context of the EU, and stressed that the most important areas for regional integration were transport and energy sectors. He said that the construction of Corridor 5-C was a priority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as it forms the basis for economic development and connection with European corridors and neighboring countries. #
In the framework of the Summit, there were three separate panels, which focused on the possibilities of improving the investment climate, regional projects and investment opportunities in the fields of energy, transport and entrepreneurship. The UK support for accession of Western Balkan countries to the EU was expressed at the conference, and stressed that the EBRD was ready to continue to support the region in realizing its economic potentials.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak paid an official visit to London from 10 to 13 January 2016. The Minister was accompanied by the delegation: Mr Predrag Đokic, Head of Minister’s Office, Biljana Jošić Bajić, advisor, Amer Kapetanović, Assistant Minister for Bilateral Relations, Elma Bačvić, Head of the Department for Western Europe and Marko Radovanović from the Department for Western Europe. Minister Crnadak met the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond on 11 January 2016. Two ministers spoke about the current situation in the process of accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union, the fight against corruption, cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the refugee crisis and the possibilities for improving economic cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UK. The same day later, Minister met the delegation of the All-party group for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the House of Commons, led by its chairperson Karen Lumley. Minister thanked her for the successful work of All-party group for Bosnia and Herzegovina within the UK Parliament in improving parliamentary cooperation and good bilateral relations between the two countries and called for their further improvement. He invited Ms Lumley to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in this year.
In the evening, Minister Crnadak had a very successful appearance on British national television BBC, where he was a guest in a very popular TV program Hard Talk. The same evening, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in London MSc Branko Nešković hosted a reception at the Embassy in honor of the Minister Crnadak. The reception was attended by representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ambassadors accredited in London (including the ambassadors of all the countries in the region), the diplomatic corps and friends of our country. The next day Minister Igor Crnadak held lecture on Bosnia and Herzegovina on the path of EU integrations at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. Chatham House has been declared the world's best think tank outside the United States for seven years.
The Minister talked about the current situation regarding the implementation of the necessary reforms and the processes of Bosnia and Herzegovina accession to the EU membership, as well as about the future steps in achieving the strategic objectives, with special emphasis on regional cooperation. He announced the submission of application for the EU membership and stressed that the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina were firmly committed to reforms which are a prerequisite not only for EU accession, but also for the country's economic development and improvement of the living standards of its citizens. He also emphasized the importance of the British-German initiative in these processes. During the official visit to London Minister Igor Crnadak gave interviews to the Reuters and to the respected British newspaper Financial Times.
Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Branko T. Nešković presented on 13 November 2015 credentials to the Queen Elizabeth II. The credentials ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace, the residence of the United Kingdom Monarchs. During a brief and cordial conversation that followed the credentials presentation, Queen Elizabeth II expressed welcome to the Ambassador Nesković and wished him a successful mandate.
Ambassador Nesković thanked the Queen Elizabeth II for the expressed honour and warm words of welcome. During a short conversation Ambassador Nesković conveyed cordial greetings of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and all its peoples and citizens to the Queen Elizabeth II, thanking for the support that UK had given to our country with a new initiative for the acceleration of the European integration processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ambassador Nesković informed Queen Elizabeth II on the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro-integration process, as well as the priorities of work during his mandate in the UK, emphasizing the need for further strengthening and development of bilateral cooperation and economic relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UK.
After the presentation ceremony, the traditional “vin d'Honore” was prepared at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in honor of the new Ambassador. There were members of London Diplomatic Corps, the FCO and friends of our country.