The SEE 2020 strategy targets deeper regional trade and investment linkages to support and export-led and FDI-driven type of growth in South East Europe trough policy efforts in its key dimensions.
South East Europe is committed to advancing from state of low activity and high social exclusion to a situation where benefits of growth are shared by all by undertaking concrete joint actions in employment and health.
South East Europe has the potential to build a new competitive edge, driven by knowledge and innovation and based on its human capital, which, together with innovative entrepreneurship shape the foundations, grounded on modern information and communications technologies, for advancement of creative industries.
Sustainable and accessible transport and energy infrastructure lead to a competitive economic base and a resource efficient economy.
Public governance is a key cross-cutting issue in the agenda of SEE 2020. The strategy sets ambitious targets for public governance from setting up transparent, well functioning and efficient administrations to the containment of corruption and major progress in instituting the rule of law.
The Regional Cooperation Council promotes mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region to benefit its people
RCC Secretary General joins experts in addressing economic crisis in South East Europe
Hido Biščević, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), took part in a conference of ministers of economy and finance of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), which is being held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 8-10 April 2010.
The event, which also gathered governors of central banks in the region, was organized by the Turkish SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office in order to exchange experiences in dealing with effects of the global economic and financial crisis on South East Europe.
“Only a year ago, it seemed that our countries were rushing into a downward spiral threatening to wipe out a decade of significant growth”, said the RCC Secretary General in his address to the conference.
“Due to swift measures taken by the governments in the region, however, as well as a coordinated and timely assistance from international financial institutions, the negative trend was reversed and the region was put on a path of slow and gradual recovery.”
Secretary General Biščević reminded that although we may be in somewhat calmer waters now, the work of the governments and monetary institutions in the region, as well as RCC partners, is still far from over.
“Now, more than ever, South East Europe needs fresh and bold development initiatives and continued investment as this is also the best investment in durable stability.”
Conference participants appreciated an IMF presentation on the current state of and predictions for future financial developments in the region. They noted that structural reforms, public expenditure, unemployment, investment flow and credit activities, as well as general restoration of public confidence are the areas were full attention and caution will still be needed.
“One would hope that a lesson learned from this crisis is the awareness that our countries truly need to reach out and start working together in order to make the best use of vast human and natural resources, beyond political constraints”, concluded Biščević.
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