The Western Balkans Investment Summit brought together prime ministers from the region, comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, with entrepreneurs and investors to discuss the development of transport links, the potential for renewable energy and the privatisation agenda in the Western Balkans.
The Summit was opened by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Maude of Horsham with key note addresses.
In the spirit of deepening and intensifying cooperation in the region the EBRD-backed SEE Link, an innovative regional platform for trading securities listed on the Bulgarian, Croatian and Macedonian stock exchanges, is being launched during the Summit. The Serbian and Slovenian bourses will confirm their intention to join the initiative during the conference in London, boosting regional integration of capital markets.
The Summit aims to highlight investment and business opportunities in the region and promote the inflow of foreign direct investment and cross-border projects. Participants included government officials, policy-makers, experts as well as leading domestic and international business representatives.
The event has proved very popular with the public and is being attended by more than 300 guests.