NEW US AMBASSADOR TO SERBIA VISITED NIS
Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic met with new US Ambassador to Serbia Anthony Godfrey. The Mayor congratulated the Ambassador on his appointment and welcomed him to Nis, since this was his first visit to our city. At the meeting in the City Hall they both expressed satisfaction with the results so far and assessed that there were no obstacles for the improvement of the cooperation in all areas in the future. One example was Novi Niš Project, which is being implemented by the American company Clean Earth Capital, and where, as it was said, the first phase is expected to be successfully completed by spring next year, which would enable the continuation of work on the creation of a completely new part of the city. The Mayor informed Ambassador Godfrey about the potential of Niš in the economic, educational and cultural segments, and especially about the efforts of the local government in cooperation with the Government and the President of Serbia to make Niš a better place for living and doing business especially in terms of attracting new investors, both when it comes to large infrastructure projects, such as a wastewater treatment plant, and when it comes to organizing and improving the work of local government institutions essential for the functioning of the economy. The importance of education systems, from secondary schools to the university, was especially emphasized, as a source of professional labor that set Niš apart from other cities in Serbia and was one of the basic preconditions for attracting new investors. The importance of the American Corner, which was the first of its kind in Serbia, was emphasized at the meeting, and the importance of the participation of the United States Agency for Development (USAID) in the realization of numerous development projects in Niš in the past several decades. Mayor Bulatovic and Ambassador Godfrey agreed that, in terms of politics, the continuation of Serbia’s EU accession process was extremely important, and the Mayor stressed that it was essential to preserve peace and stability in the region of the Western Balkans as the basic precondition for any progress and prosperity.