Translation of the official communique of the Presidency of the Republic of Serbia:
Belgrade, 31 October 2016 - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić had a discussion with Dr. Anand Asthana, Director General of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE).
President Nikolić said that Serbia is at a crossroad - from a country that has been largely oriented to work in large state factories that employed several thousand people to a country that is market-oriented, with greater entrepreneurial initiative. "In the former Yugoslavia, the state had the responsibility to develop the economy and employees were its responsibility. Now educators have a key role to make the young people understand the time of competition and new technology advantage, and that it not something bad. The responsibility for their own business, the workplace is now up to the individual, and the role of the state is only regulatory", said President Nikolić and added that centers such as ICPE, if Serbia becomes a member, can help young people learn something new and see the best practices in Europe.
The Director General of the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises Anand Asthana stressed that Yugoslavia was one of the founders of this organization and expressed the hope that Serbia will renew membership. He explained that ICPE has excellent programs for education from which the young people across the region who have great potential can benefit.
President Nikolic informed his guest with the status of European integration, confirming the firm stance of Serbia to become a full member of the EU. "Serbia is the locomotive of the region and its economic growth is indeed impressive. Regardless of what some people do not like it, our progress nothing can stop ". Serbia is recognized today across the world as a reliable partner and loyal friend, and it was evident at every turn, concluded the Serbian President.
Representatives of ICPE with the President of Republic of Serbia and his advisor