Skaka and the Mayor of Beijing: strengthening of economic cooperation particularly in the field of tourism



Mayors of Sarajevo and Beijing Abdulah Skaka and Chen Jining agreed to strengthen cooperation particularly in the field of tourism at the meeting held today in Podgorica.

During a cordial meeting between officials of the capital cities of China and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Mayor of Beijing Jining accepted the invitation to come for an official visit to Sarajevo.

Furthermore, they agreed on several activities for establishing stronger economic ties and better connectedness of the capital cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and China.

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„We had a very fruitful meeting which will bring significant advances in the interest of the citizens of Sarajevo, and of the country as a whole. My colleague stressed that Sarajevo is exceptionally interesting for the citizens of Beijing in terms of tourism“said Skaka after the meeting.

The Mayor of Beijing invited Skaka to head a delegation of officials, representatives of tourist community and journalists on a visit to Beijing to give a tourist promotion of Sarajevo.

„I believe that this is a very good opportunity to present our city in the best possible light. Tourism is at the centre of this city administration’s activities and we will do everything to use this opportunity in the best way possible” said Mayor Skaka.

Furthermore, the Mayor of Beijing was invited to present the tourist offer of the Chinese capital Beijing in a similar way in Sarajevo.

Within  that framework, they discussed the establishment of direct flight Sarajevo – Beijing which would be a further boost, and for which the Chinese side showed particular interest. It was agreed to continue the consultations on these issues with the competent state institutions.

The meeting between Skaka and Jining was held at the sidelines of the Second Forum of Mayors of Central and East European Capitals and China held in Podgorica. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of BiH to Montenegro Đorđe Latinović.


Mayor Skaka held a presentation at the Second China CEEC Capital Mayors Forum held in Podgorica

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka participated at the Second 16+1 China CEEC Capital Mayors Forum held in Podgorica.

The Forum was dedicated to the networking of 16 capital cities from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the People’s Republic of China in the field of economy, tourism, „green cities“, sustainable development and employment.

Mayor Skaka had a presentation on the topic „The Role of Local Self-Governance in Creating Business Climate“. Skaka stressed that the City of Sarajevo, in accordance with its competences, actively participates in creating favourable conditions for economic development, and contributes to the economic and social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the field of tourism, particularly the Sarajevo Business Forum and Sarajevo Film Festival and more recently through  reconstruction of the Trebević Cable Car

„This model of local community management, as seen from our example, has accelerated the community development, contributing most notably to the increase in employment of both regular and seasonal workers. Furthermore it led to the increase in investments in all economic branches, creation of better business climate and a continual rise in the number of tourists visiting Sarajevo“ said Mayor Skaka in his address.

During the Forum the Mayor of Sarajevo had meetings with the mayors of Beijing, Belgrade and Budapest with whom he had fruitful discussions about the possibility of establishing specific cooperation through the implementation of projects and activities of interest to their citizens.