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.
N E W S
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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