The delegation of Bosna Bank International (BBI) visited the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) ahead of the 11th edition of the Sarajevo Business Forum (SBF) which will be held on May 11th and 12th this year. This year's SBF focuses on "nearshoring", i.e. moving the production of European companies to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The meeting which was held at the ITO headquarters in Turkey's largest city were attended by the President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Mr. Sekib Avdagic, a member of the Management Board of Bosna Bank International Mr. Nedzad Gusic and the Secretary General of BBI Bank Mr. Salih Purisevic. The BBI delegation also included Ms. Lejla Hadzic-Kosovic, head of the Department for Financial Institutions, and Mr. Ahmed Corbo, head of the Department for the Public Sector and Multinational Corporations.
After the meeting, Mr. Avdagic said that ITO has participated in many events and represented the business world of Istanbul. He stressed that they guide and encourage representatives of the Istanbul business world who want to invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He believes that there are numerous goals related to the realization of important topics such as increasing the investment of Western European companies in the region, increasing employment, as well as to avert the leaving of the young generations from the territory of Southeast Europe.
"As the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, we will continue our efforts to guide, encourage and pave the way for investors who will attend the forum from Turkey and Istanbul. We will be in Sarajevo to support and participate in the Sarajevo Business Forum," Mr. Avdagic said.
It must be emphasised that Turkey, with its institutions, chambers of commerce and associations of entrepreneurs, supports and is a long-term partner of the Sarajevo Business Forum.
During the visit to Turkey, the BBI Bank delegation also met with Mr. Hasan Toplaogu, President of the Management Board of Euro Group, who also serves as Chairman of the Turkey-BiH Business Council at DEIK (Turkish International Economic Relations Committee), as well as with the founder of International University of Sarajevo, Mr. Erkan Gul, who is also President of the Board of Directors of ASIST and member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Business People MUSIAD and Mr. Isak Baydaroglu, who is President of the Board of Directors of RNA.
Mr. Topaloglu announced the continuance of support for SBF from prominent associations of entrepreneurs from Turkey and confirmed the arrival of a large delegation of DEIK on May 11 in Sarajevo.
During the presentation of SBF in Turkey, the BBI delegation also visited the Union of Turkish Participating Banks (TKBB) where they spoke with Mr. Ismail Vural, an acting Secretary General of TKBB.
"We are coming to the Sarajevo Business Forum to support BBI and BH. Because of our strong relations stemming from the past, BH has always been important to us. We do not observe it only through a direct economic contribution, we are attached to Bosnia with our hearts," Mr. Vural said. He added that during the SBF, a protocol on cooperation with BBI Bank will be signed on the topic of education, exchange of information, improvement of employee experience, development of banking and so on.
"We will meet with representatives of BBI in Sarajevo and discuss how we can contribute in financial terms, as well as determine the framework of what BBI needs when it comes to finances. BBI and our development banks already have good relations. "Through the SBF, they will be improved and pave the way for strengthening strong economic ties between the two countries," Mr. Vural said.
Online registration of participants is available via the website www.sarajevobusinessforum.com.