Government speakers for Balkans conference

By Sandy Guthrie16 May 2013

Confirmed speakers at the Balkans Infrastructure & Construction 2013 Summit (BIC 2013) include Ambassador Dr Johannes Kyrle, secretary-general of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European & International Affairs, and government representatives from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia.

Speakers from various Balkan countries will be discussing infrastructure and construction in the region at the two-day summit, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, at the end of May.

The organisers said that the Balkans Infrastructure & Construction 2013 Summit (BIC 2013) would be bringing together government bodies, ministers, institutions and foreign investors to discuss the opportunities, strategies and challenges around upcoming infrastructure projects.

It claims to be one of the first summits looking into the infrastructure investment opportunities within the Balkan countries.

The speakers will include Damir Hadžić, Minister of Communications & Transport, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Kujtim Hashorva, Ministry of Public Works & Transport, Albania; Mile Janakieski, Minister of Transport & Communications, Republic of Macedonia; Ivan Brajović, Minister of Transport & Maritime Affairs, Montenegro; Verica Kalanović, Minister of Regional Development & Local Self-Government, Serbia; Zdenko Antešić, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport & Infrastructure, Croatia; Oliver Kumrić, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport & Infrastructure, Croatia.

BIC 2013 promises ministerial updates which will highlight the national infrastructure plan for each country, and the opportunities and challenges for the Western Balkans.

Each of the Western Balkan countries will highlight the key transportation projects that are currently in need of tenders for finance, construction and feasibility studies.

The BIC 2013 Summit is being held on 29 and 30 May, 2013, at the Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna.

It is being organised by International Research Networks (IRN), and is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for European & International Affairs; the Ministry of Communications & Transportation, Bosnia & Herzegovina; the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport & Infrastructure, Croatia; the Government of Montenegro Ministry of Transport & Maritime Affairs; the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Energy, Albania; and the Ministry of Regional Development & Local Self-Government, Serbia.

More information on the summit can be found at www.irn-international.com.

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