BELGRADE, Sept. 2 (Beta) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Sept. 1 described Serbian-Canadian relations as excellent to Canadian former Minister of Forin Affairs John Baird, but said economic cooperation was in need of much improvement as Serbia had many opportunities to offer to Canadian investors.
Baird also voiced a desire to bolster the two countries' bilateral ties, especially economic, stating that Serbia offered huge potential to Canadian investors, particularly in the fields of mining and pharmaceutical production, Nikolic's office announced.
Nikolic said Serbia had taken a principled stand on the Ukrainian crisis and that there would be no sanctions against Russia, but noted that Belgrade respected the territorial integrity of Ukraine. On the topic of Ukraine, Baird stressed that it was his country's firm position that it was unacceptable for one man to wage wars in Europe in the 21st century. He also stated that Canada was looking forward to Serbia's chairing of the OSCE in 2015 and was certain that it would be a success.
VUCIC, BAIRD: SERBIA - CANADA RELATIONS GOOD
BELGRADE, Sept. 2 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Canadian former Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird on Sept. 1 described bilateral ties as good, but added that it was necessary to further boost cooperation, primarily economic. Vucic underlined the importance of the agreement on strategic economic cooperation from 2012, which laid ground for several projects of Canadian companies in Serbia, particularly in the energy domain, read a statement from the government. He added that the agreement on inciting and shielding investments, inked on Sept. 1, would contribute to the further promotion of bilateral economic cooperation and encourage new investments by Canadian firms, according to the statement. The prime minister also thanked Canada for its post-flood relief aid.
Baird said that the bilateral relations should be strengthened at the highest political and economic level. He added that Ottawa understood Serbia's foreign policy position regarding the EU and Russia, particularly in the context of the Ukrainian crisis. During his stay in Serbia, Baird toured the regions most affected by the May floods and announced a possible new relief aid contingent.
INVESTMENT PROTECTION AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH CANADA
BELGRADE, Sept. 1 (B92) - Serbian Minister of Trade Rasim Ljajic and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird an investment promotion and protection agreement between the two countries. The document was signed on Monday at the Serbian government headquarters in Belgrade, in the presence of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Ljajic noted that the agreement constitutes a continuation of excellent economic cooperation between Serbia and Canada, and a step forward in completing the legal framework for improving economic, trade relations between the two countries.
The agreement sends a clear message to Canadian investors that Serbia adheres to international legal standards when it comes to investors' rights and is a safe investment destination. The minister noted that 50 Canadian companies are doing business in Serbia, 13 of which are engaged in geological exploration. “Canadian companies secured 80 percent out of a total of 126 licenses for various kinds of exploration that Serbia has issued. They have so far invested 125 million dollars in explorations, and we expect that the sum will go up in the coming period”, he said. Ljajic mentioned that, two years ago, Serbia and Canada signed an agreement on strategic economic cooperation which covers all fields of interest, primarily the energy, mining sectors, manufacturing industry, fields of infrastructure, agriculture and food production.
The Serbian trade minister noted that, on January 1, a double taxation avoidance agreement between Serbia and Canada came into force, and signaled that a social security agreement will take effect on December 1, which is important for the Serbian diaspora in that country, and all future Canadian investors.
Baird said that the signed agreements are a strong message to the business community in Canada to come to Serbia in larger numbers, which will mean new firms, job creation, economic development and growth. He added that when it comes to the mining sector, pharmaceutical industry and agriculture, economic relations with Serbia are also good.
Canada Signs Investment Agreement with Serbia
Serbia is an important trading partner for Canada, with Canadian investment valued at more than $1 billion
September 1, 2014 - Belgrade, Serbia - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Canada and Serbia have signed a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA). Baird made the announcement alongside Rasim Ljajić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, during a signing ceremony while visiting Serbia.
“This new agreement between our two countries will help ensure the business environment is more secure for Canadian companies looking for opportunities in Serbia,” said Baird. “It represents another step in the growing Canada-Serbia relationship and further proof that enhanced economic cooperation is a priority for both our countries.”
A FIPA is a treaty designed to protect Canadian investment abroad and promote foreign investment in Canada through reciprocal, legally binding provisions. By ensuring greater protection against discriminatory and arbitrary practices and by enhancing the predictability of a market’s policy framework, a FIPA gives businesses greater confidence in investing.
“As outlined in Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, our government is committed to ensuring that Canadian investments are protected in global markets,” said Minister Fast. “That’s why we have concluded, signed or brought into force FIPAs with 22 countries since 2006—a record 10 in 2013 alone—and why we continue to negotiate many more.”
While in Serbia, Baird also met with President Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić to express Canada’s support for Serbia’s democratic and economic transformation, as part of its European integration agenda. He further added that he looked forward to working with Serbia to advance a number of foreign policy issues, including strengthening security and prosperity in Europe.
Opening of CANSEE Canadian Business Council in Belgrade, Serbia:
The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Željko Sertić, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Roman Waschuk, Ambassador of Canada to Serbia, H.E. Mihailo Papazoglu, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Canada.
Information concerning the Agreement on Social Security between Canada and the Republic of Serbia, which entered into force on December 1, 2014.
Application forms for Canadian benefits for persons living in Serbia
Application for Canadian Old Age, Retirement and Survivors Benefits
• (ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5054srb&ln=eng
• (FRE): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5054srb&ln=fra
Application for CPP Disability Benefits
• (ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5053srb&ln=eng
• (FRE): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5053srb&ln=fra
Application for CPP Child’s Benefits
• (ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5055srb&ln=eng
• (FRE): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=isp5055srb&ln=fra
Application forms for Serbian benefits
Application for Serbian Old Age Pension
• (ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb2&ln=eng
• (FRE): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb2&ln=fra
Application for Serbian Disability Pension
• (ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb3&ln=eng
• (FRE): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb3&ln=fra
Application for Serbian Survivor Pension
• (ENG): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb4&ln=eng
• (FRE): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/search/eforms/index.cgi?app=prfl&frm=cansrb4&ln=fra
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DACIC: SERBIA SUPPORTS OSCE EFFORTS IN UKRAINE
BELGRADE, June 25 - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in Vienna on June 24 that he supported the OSCE's efforts to calm the crisis in Ukraine. Opening a three-day annual OSCE conference on security entitled "Current Security Challenges and the Role of the OSCE", Dacic said that Serbia's experience in the dialog between Belgrade and Pristina could be employed to help deal with different issues after it took the OSCE chair in 2015. Speaking about the Ukrainian crisis, Dacic reiterated that Serbia supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every member of the U.N. and that it strongly supported the OSCE's efforts to calm the crisis in Ukraine. Dacic will participate in a meeting gathering the foreign ministers of the OSCE "trio" in Vienna where he is scheduled to discuss the most important questions in the organization's sphere of operations with OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimk.
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