Belgrade, May 31st, 2019

The fifth Sector Working Group meeting was dedicated to the discussion on the Competitiveness sector reform priorities. The meeting was held on 31st May 2019, and instigated discussion between the Ministry of Economy (ME), Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications (MTTT), Ministry of Culture and Information (MCI) and donor community on the main features of the Competitiveness sector Situation analysis and priorities and measures identified within the comprehensive process of development the new multi-annual planning document for the 2019-2025 period.

The preparation of the Document is initiated by the Ministry for European Integration (MEI), together with the relevant sector institutions (ME, MTTT and MCI). The document aims to contribute to more effective planning of public policies within competitiveness sector, that underpin the economic development and help Serbia to comply with the economic and political criteria for EU accession and to guide the allocation of external funding towards the implementation of national strategic reforms. The major focus in development of the document was to draft the sector Situation Analysis containing a comprehensive sector overview and assess the current situation in the sector, to provide evidence-based rationale for the choices made in setting the course for international development assistance to support national reforms.

During the meeting the MEI explained the purpose, scope and the process of development of the new multi-annual planning document up to 2025, including the presentation of the state of play related to the international assistance coordination mechanism and proposal for improvements and future functioning of the SWG mechanism. The leading sector institutions concentrated on presentation of the current state of play in the sector, main challenges and needs and elaborated on the identified Competitiveness sector priorities and measures which shall mainstream the international assistance investments in the sector up to 2025.

The following development partners representatives attended the SWG meeting: EU Delegation in Serbia, EBRD, World Bank, UN Women, International Labour Organisation, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Japan, GIZ, KfW, German Embassy, Korean Embassy, Embassy of Sweden, and USAID.