Developing and promoting the automotive industry in the Western Balkans


Belgrade, 19 June 2009


Development of the automotive components sector in Western Balkans by removing policy barriers was the focus of regional meeting held in Belgrade on the 19th of June under the framework of the Outline of Defining and Strengthening Sector Specific Sources of Competitiveness supported by the European Commission.

The meeting organized by OECD Investment Compact for South East Europe brought together car manufacturers, suppliers, Investment Promotion agencies, auto cluster managers and international organisations.  
Discussions focused on:

  • The impact of the global financial and economic crisis on the future prospects for the automotive industry in the region
  • Corporate and government responses to the crisis.
  • Suggestions on how to make the automotive components sector in the Western Balkans more attractive by removing policy barriers
    The meeting concluded with a final agreement among participants to pursue several actions at the regional level including the development of a common suppliers database and drawing out a coherent map of the Western Balkans automotive components offering at the regional level. 





 Meeting documentation



Participants list

Introductory remarks, Benjamin Herzberg, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank Group



Meeting presentations


Session 1: The financial and economic crisis: Impact on the automotive industry at the global level and in the Western Balkans

1. Key trends in the global automotive industry

Key trends in the global automotive industry, Roel Spee, Global Leader, IBM – Plant Location International

2. FIAS/IFC experience in the regional automotive sector and future outlook

FIAS/ICF experience in the automotive sector and future outlook, Stefan J. Schweitzer, Senior Industry Specialist, IFC – Global Manufacturing and Services

Promoting investments in the automotive sector of Southeast Europe, Zoran Martinovski, IFC Country Officer, FYR Macedonia


Session 2: The automotive industry and the crisis: Strategic and policy responses

1. Automotive corporate strategies in response to the crisis

Fiat group purchasing, Giovanni de Filippis, CEO, Fiat Serbia

Challenges and opportunities in the automotive industry, István Lepsényi, Managing Director, Knorr-Bremse Fékrendszerek Kft.

2. A key solution for SMEs: Partnership with foreign companies

Partnership: A key solution for sustainable business for auto parts SMEs, Frédéric Laloyeau, Automotive Consultant

3. Policy responses to support the automotive industry

Romania – top destination for investment in automotive, Andreea Gheorge, Counselor, Romanian Agency for Foreign Investment

Auto parts manufacturing in Bulgaria, Julian Balchev, Head of Division "Investment Analysis and Statistics", Invest Bulgaria Agency


Session 3: How to develop and promote the automotive industry in the Western Balkans

1: Presentations of country initiatives

Export promotion of automotive industries in SEE through cluster networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kruno Rasic, GTZ and Automotive Cluster Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Croatian automotive industry, Branko Mihalic, Automotive Cluster of Croatia

The automotive cluster of Macedonia, Vladimir Tevdov, Automotive Cluster Macedonia

AC Serbia – Automotive Cluster Serbia, Igor Vijatov, Manager, Automotive Cluster Serbia

2: Western Balkans Automotive Supplier Industry Excellence Centre

Establishment of a Western Balkans automotive and supplier industry excellence centre, Predrag Lucic, Director, CCI Kragujevac, Agency for Investment Promotion and Business Support in Central Serbia


Other presentations

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