First Mex-RS Cluster House matchmaking event in Serbia opened new collaboration perspectives between Mexico & Serbia, Latin America & Balkans

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 19 August 2018

The first clusters & SME matchmaking event between Mexico and Serbia, with a special focus on Southern Serbia, was held in Belgrade on the 26th of July 2018, at the Serbian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a partner institution of Cluster House since 2012. The event was initiated by members of the Board of Directors of the Institute for innovation, competitiveness and clusters GLOBAL TCI NETWORK: Dr. MANUEL MONTOYA ORTEGA, Director of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo León, A.C. and Founding Partner of ENE Estructuras de Negocio, S.C. and Docent Dr. DANKA MILOJKOVIC, Director of the Cluster House Nis, Southern Serbia.

The matchmaking event was organized by Cluster House and supported by the Ambassador of Mexico in Serbia, H.E. Mr. Marco Antonio García Blanco, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry deputy president Mr. Milovan Kocic, CEO of the YUMIS Food Processing Company from Nis/Southern Serbia, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sector for Entrepreneurship Mrs. Branislava Simanic, director and the Nisava Administrative District / Southern Serbia Mrs. Dragana Sotirovski, chef of district.

Docent Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Dr. Manuel Montoya Ortega, H.E. Mr. Marco Antonio García Blanco, Mrs. Branka Simanic,Mrs. Dragana Sotirovskiand Mrs. Slobodanka Kojic (from the left side)

Cluster development is a matter of professional and development-oriented people, their trust, respect and capacities to build networks and collaborate, to bring prosperity in their environment and to contribute in keeping peace in the region and globally!

The Cluster matchmaking between the Cluster House in Serbia and the Cluster Ecosystem of Nuevo Leon gathered over 30 participants from Serbian supporting institutions: Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunication of the Republic of Serbia, Serbian Development Agency, Serbian Credit and Insurance Agency, Nisava Administrative District; and the Cluster House Serbian Cluster Network SER ClusNet members: Serbian Automotive Cluster, Serbian Wellness, Health Tourism and Spa Cluster, BeOrganic Cluster, GraciaMedica Cluster, Agro Cluster Homolje, Tourism Cluster Avala, Innovative based Construction Cluster Dundjer and Urban Planning Cluster Nis.

The existing Mexican credit line for supporting export-import businesses between Mexico and Serbia, available to companies from both countries, will be a good tool for boosting the cluster-based SME trade cooperation. Mexican cluster community expressed interest in production facilities in Southern Serbia which could be reinitiated.

Mexico is the 14th largest country worldwide with over 130 million people, 10th most populous country in the world, 11th largest economy in the world, 8th largest oil producer in the world, but at the same time a large exporter and importer of different goods and services. For more information about Mexico and business opportunities with Mexico please visit this link.

Mexico is a manufacturing powerhouse: 83% of its exports are in the manufacturing industry. Automotive: world’s 4th exporter of new light vehicles (3.1 million p/y) and 7th vehicle producer worldwide (3.7 million p/y), with plants from all the major carmakers, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, KIA, Toyota and Volkswagen, Audi (2018) & BMW (2019). Information technologies: 3rd services supplier globally. 287 aerospace companies, 80% of which engaged in manufacturing. 1st world exporter of flat screen TVs, refrigerators and freezers. For more information about the gold labeled Mexican automotive cluster and possibilities for collaboration with cluster please visit the link.

Serbia is on the list of the top ten countries according to the speed of changing the business environment in the world. It became very attractive for the foreign investors especially from German businesses. For more information about the investment in Serbia please visit this link and for business and investment opportunities in the Nisava District / Southern Serbia please visit this link. The Cluster House, with partners institution in the Southern Serbia, provides highly professional technical assistance to potential investors for setting up production facilities in the region.

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