RYCO Secretary General Albert Hani in a Regional Conference on Economic Cooperation in Western Balkans GROWTH 2024-2025

Regional Cooperation for Better Economy and Well-Being

 RYCO Secretary General Albert Hani took part as a speaker in the #OneRegionOneMarket, high-level regional conference on economic cooperation in Western Balkans Region, that brought together in Novi Sad important actors from political, social and business sphere to discuss perspectives of regional labor integration and its benefits for the citizens of the Western Balkans region.

Delivering his speech on a panel Common Regional Market and Demography, SG Hani pointed out that, according to data 76% of youth in the Western Balkans region consider that regional cooperation contributes to the economy and well-being. 

“RYCO is living proof of a regionally owned reconciliation initiative that welcomes all others who contribute to a better Western Balkans region. We serve the purpose by producing concrete results for youth”, he highlighted. 

Panel that brought together Ministers, representatives of international and regional organizations and business associations, opened a fruitful discussion on demographic and migration challenges. Reflecting on the topic, SG Hani stated that the shortage of labor force and negative birth rates in the WB region are traditionally challenging traits that send us a message that alone we mean less and that with joint forces we can overcome challenges and achieve more.

” “This understanding opened doors for the labor force from neighboring places as well as different parts of the world, by reducing administrative burdens and legal obstacles for obtaining work permits. Mobility starts to take other dimensions,” SG Hani concluded.

Regional conference under the title GROWTH 2024-2025 organized by Center for Regional Economic Research and Analysis in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation and Novi Sad Municipality brought together more than 100 business leaders from the region, entrepreneurs, investors, owners, and CEOs of the leading regional companies, as well as policy and decision makers with an aim to create new opportunities for stronger networking of business communities within the region by removing the remaining obstacles to deeper regional economic integration and creation of a regional common market.



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