The success of a municipality and a region mainly depends upon its ability to adapt to the dynamic local, national and international market economy.
There is a long list of constraints that prevent municipalities in the Timok region to keep up with the pace in outside world: Institutional weakness of existing economic development structures; absence of a comprehensive and coherent vision for economic development; information on the availability and use of resources and the potentials and constraints for local /regional economic development are highly deficient; centralized system of public finances and the shortage of financial resources at regional and municipal levels; infrastructure, research and deve-lopment investment are not put in place now in the region; lack of entrepreneurship and business knowledge and skills and so on.
As a result of these constraints, the Timok region is not just lagging behind the regions in Europe countries but lagging behind the majority of regions in Serbia. This gap in growth leads to reduced life prospects for the people.
Scarce employment opp-ortunities, weak health care service, lack of educational institutions in combination with negative birth rate make the situation intolerable. Development disparity is damaging the national economy as well, as it means that our region is not meeting its potential.
Although the Government of Serbia has been undertaking some policy work by creating relevant strategies (Poverty Reduction Strategy, National Investment Plan, Strategies for agricultural and tourism development, Strategy for stimulation and development of foreign investments etc), scale of development gap between Serbia regions is not fully recognized. One may concluded that not enough has yet been done to ensure that policies and funds distribution are in place to allow reducing the intranational development gaps. Recent forming of the Ministry for regional development is encouraging.
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October 22nd, 2013
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) VISITING RARIS
Delegation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) visited the Regional Agency for Development of Eastern Serbia - RARIS yesterday.
The delegation was led by Dr. Uta Böllhoff, Head of the Directorate-General "Europe, Middle East and Asia.
September 26th, 2013
The EU Delegation and EBRD have launched a new program to "Support Small and Medium Enterprises Development in Serbia"
The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched a Call inviting the Serbian SMEs to apply for assistance in the scope of a new program "Support to Small and Medium Enterprises Development in Serbia".
The EU funded EBRD team assists the Serbian SMEs to be connected with local consultants and international advisers who can help them to develop their business.
September 20th, 2013
RARIS starts cooperation with Diaspora
A plan for establishment of a long-term cooperation with the Eastern Serbia diaspora in Austria has been developed by RARIS in cooperation with the municipalities of Eastern Serbia. This plan introduces business opportunities in Eastern Serbia and creation of a long-term cooperation mechanism to Diaspora.
September 18th, 2013
ASSISTANCE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS BASE 2013
RARIS with help of the National Agency for Regional Development supports participation of entrepreneurs from the Adminisrative Districts of Bor and Zaječar in the 12th International Fair of Entrepreneurship 'Business Base' that will be held from November 27th to 29th, the Belgrade Fair.
September 10th, 2013
Supporting mechanisms for agricultural development at local level
RARIS in cooperation with the municipality of Bor, held a joint meeting on "Exchange of experience in supporting the agricultural development at local level" attended by representatives of municipalities located in the Administrative Districts of Bor and Zaječar.
August 21st, 2013
The Third phase of the Project GIZ – KWD starts
Project duration: 2013-2016
Project budget: 5.000.000 CHF
Funding source: Swiss Development Cooperation and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Project partners: Nine local self-governments in Eastern Serbia, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Regional Development and Local Self-Government and Regional Development Agency for Eastern Serbia
August 18th, 2013
The Regional Industrial production and Export boosts in the first half of the year
In the first six months of 2013, the industrial production advanced 19.3% compared with the same period of 2012, in the administrative districts of Bor and Zajecar. In the same period of time the total value of goods exported from the Timok Region is RSD 235.3 million. It is 17.5% more compared with the same period of 2012. The export from the Region constitutes 3.6% out of total Serbian exports. Read more in the Information about economic trends in the Region prepared by the Regional Chamber of Commerce Zajecar
August 10th, 2013
The Regional and Local Development Support Programme 2013
Ministry of Regional Development and Local Self-Government implements the Regional and Local Development Support Programme for the year 2013, for supporting a balanced regional development, increasing the competitiveness of the regions and local governments, and improving inter-municipal, inter-regional, cross-border and international cooperation.
August 2nd, 2013
Timok Exporters awarded 9 million dinar Grant
The fourteenth public call to the Program for encouraging internationalization and competitiveness of Serbian economy conducted by the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency-SIEPA, awarded nearly 9 million Serbian Dinars to SMEs from Bor and Zajecar Administrative Districts.
April 15th, 2013
RARIS rated excellent
National Regional Development Agency is in the process of evaluating the performance of accredited regional agencies and has been carrying out the assessment their work in 2012.
February 6th, 2013
XII RARIS Assembly held
RARIS held the XII Assembly of the Company with its founders in Zaječar on February 6th 2013. The Annual Report on the work of RARIS in 2012 was adopted at the Assembly, together with the Annual Work Plan and Financial Plan of RARIS for 2013.
December 20th, 2012
Start of TRANSDANUBE implementation
Constituent Assembly of the Association of Regional Development Agencies of southern and eastern Serbia "Southeast Development Network'' was held on December 7th in Niš.
December 8th, 2012
"Southeast development network" founded
Constituent Assembly of the Association of Regional Development Agencies of southern and eastern Serbia "Southeast Development Network" was held on December 7th in Niš.
December 4th, 2012
Director of RARIS spoke at the Conference Measures to overcome the crisis – Challenges- Priorities - Risks
Vladan Jeremić, director of RARIS presented a proposal for the improvement of non-financial services in the conference titled Measures to overcome the crisis – Challenges- Priorities – Risks in the Republic of Serbia and AP Vojvodina, 2013 -2020.
December 3rd, 2012
Local self-governments and entrepreneurs from eastern Serbia participated in the Fair of Local Self Governments and Business Base in Belgrade
Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia – RARIS was the holder of joint representation of local self-governments and entrepreneurs from eastern Serbia at the two combined fairs. RARIS organized their appearance within the joint booth "Eastern Serbia".
November 28nd, 2012
Doing Business with Nordic Countries
Presentation "Doing Business with Nordic Countries" which took place on Tuesday, November 27th in Zaječar was arranged by the Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia "RARIS" and Nordic Business Alliance in Serbia (Nordic Business Alliance).
November 21nd, 2012
Five most innovative SMEs in Eastern Serbia received awards
Awarding Ceremony for the most innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in eastern Serbia in 2012 was held at the National Agency for Regional Development in Zajecar on November 20th 2012.
October 22nd, 2012
RARIS held workshops on improving non-financial services to SMEs in eight towns
RARIS presented Recommendations for improving non-financial support to SMEs in eight inter-municipal partnerships in early October. These Recommendations are the result of the project "Standardization of non-financial services to SMEs in eight fields". The project was implemented by RARIS, in cooperation with nine regional development agencies in Serbia.
September 25th, 2012
The Conference “The Danube Strategy – Support to the Development of the Lower Danube Region” held
RARIS, together with European Movement in Serbia (EPUS), in cooperation with the Serbian European Integration Office (SEIO), Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Belgrade will organize a Conference “The Danube Strategy – Support to the Development of the Lower Danube Region”, held on September 25th 2012 in Large Hall of the Municipality of Negotin.
September 4th, 2012
Partnership Forum of Vidin, Bor and Zaječar districts held in Vidin, Republic of Bulgaria
RARIS and Vidin District Administration organized Partnership Forum to support and improve cross-border cooperation of Bor and Zaječar districts from Serbia and Vidin district from Bulgaria, on September 4th 2012. The forum was held in the premises of Vidin District Administration, Vidin, Republic of Bulgaria.
August 9th, 2012
Timok Exporters Received 5.4 million dinar Grant
In the thirteenth round of the Program for encouraging internationalization and competitiveness of Serbian economy, Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency-SIEPA , awarded 5.417 million dinars grants to SMEs from Bor and Zajecar District.
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