By Yan Manman
Since 1995 when China and Bosnia & Herzegovina(short for BiH) established diplomatic relations andin May 2000, the two countries signed economic andtrade cooperation agreement, the two countries havebeen working hard to strengthen the economic cooperation. As we learned, Sarajevo Business Forum 2011, the primeinvestment summit in the South East Europe, is to openon April 6; prior to the Forum, China´s Foreign Trade hasgreat pleasure to have BiH Ambassador to China, Mr. AmelKovacevic for an exclusive interview concerning the issue ofeconomic and trade relations between China and the BiH.
Q:How did you introducc Bosnia and Herzegovina to Chinese
A: First of all, Bosnia and Herzegovina and China havea cooperation and diplomatic relationship since 1995.There has been no open issrue between the two countries, andif there is, the issue it is how to develop economic coopera-tion and increase and intensify our cultural and academicexchanges.
So, myjob predominantly is to identify the potentials inBosnia and Herzegovina and present them to the corporatesector in China. Iherefore, I put myselfin the Chinese cor-porate shoes in order to understand what they are looking forabroad and try to identify what in Bosnia and Herzegovinathey could be interested in. I have amazingly found a lot ofissues and interesting areas that the China´s corporate sectorcould be interested in and would list them in detail. Bosniaand Herzegovina has a favorable geographic position at thecrossroads between the West and the East, the Mediterra-ncan and the Continent; and it is only a short flight distanceaway from major European business centers. For its economicpotentials, its natural resources as well as its European inte-gration process, I believe Chinese companies are more andmore aware that BiH is a potential site globally and they willcome to explore business opportunities here. BiH, potentialcandidate for EU membership is located in the south eastof the Europe, and has several favorable trade ´arrangementswith the EU and other countries in the region. BiH couldbe a proper hub for Chinese businesses to explore the marketand sell their products in the Europe.