Mayor Skaka greeted the participants of the First Sarajevo Halal Fair

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka hosted the welcome reception at the City Hall tonight for the participants of the First Sarajevo Halal Fair, which will be held at the Skenderija Centre for the next three days and where more than 100 exhibitors form across the world will showcase their products.

“The City of Sarajevo is developing fast. Our goal is for Bosnia and Herzegovina to become the economic, infrastructural, educational, tourist, cultural and sport centre of the region” stressed Skaka.

According to the Mayor, this economic event is an opportunity to highlight the development trends and extraordinary potential of the halal industry, which has a recorded growth trend both here and in the region and the world.

“We are convinced that the communication and cooperation can be improved and made specific to the benefit of entrepreneurs, as well as producers of halal products and services” said the Mayor.

The SHF 2018 is organized by Bosna Bank International (BBI) in cooperation with the Islamic Community in BiH and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

The Fair will be an opportunity for regional producers and providers of halal services from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania to meet with big buyers and distributors from the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia, Bahrein, Libya, the United Arab Emirates.

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s artwork exhibited permanently at the BiH Historical Museum

From this day on the BiH Historical Museum is enriched with one additional exhibit – the monumental art work by the world- acclaimed artist Michelangelo Pistoletto entitled “The Place of Multi-religious and World Meditation”.

Maestro Pistoletto, who attended the inauguration, stressed in his speech addressed before a numerous audience, that by giving this work to Sarajevo he wanted to send a message that differences can connect and not just divide because it is possible to have shared positive energy.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka thanked the artists saying that Mr. Pistoletto has been working with Sarajevo, its artists and citizens. He stressed that this city administration launched activities with the aim for the City of Sarajevo to be given a Museum of Contemporary Art, following the example of other European and world capitals. “Sarajevo did not neglect culture even in the hardest moments for the city” said Mayor Skaka.

The inauguration was followed by a documentary “Pistoletto in Sarajevo” by young director from Srebrenica Ado Hasanović, filmed during maestro Pistoletto’s last year visit to Bosnian and Herzegovinian capital.


Mayor Skaka received the Delegation from Malaysia

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the delegation from Malaysia headed by the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Mayor Skaka underlined the importance of the ongoing friendly relations between the City of Sarajevo and Malaysia, saying that the cooperation should intensify, especially in the area of tourism.

Emphasizing the rich natural and tourist potentials of Sarajevo, the two sides agreed that there are good prerequisites for the promotion of Sarajevo as an important tourist destination with the aim of increasing the number of Malaysian tourists.

The Delegation from Malaysia is visiting Sarajevo on the occasion of the International Fair of Halal Industry Sarajevo Halal Fair (SHF) 2018.

Malaysia is well known for its halal industry, therefore the participants of SHF 2018 from BiH and the region will have an opportunity to exchange experiences and establish cooperation with Malaysian institutions with the aim of promoting halal products and services.

Inauguration of the works of Michelangelo Pistoletto on September 26 at the Historical Museum

On Wednesday, September 26, the inauguration of the monumental work “The Place of Multi-religious and Lay Meditation” by Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the greatest living protagonists of the global contemporary art. On that occasion, a press conference was held at the Historical Museum with the participation of the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the ambassador of the Republic of Italy to BiH H.E. Nicola Minasi, the founder and director of ARS AEVI Enver Hadžiomerspahić and director of the Historical Museuem Elma Hašimbegović.

Maestro Pistoletto visited Sarajevo last year and announced his desire to present our city with one of his most important art works permanently. This gesture shows that he is a true friend of Sarajevo, the first artist to donate his works to the ARS AEVI Collection back in 1994, during wartime.

“The present city administration has done everything possible to launch the implementation of the ARS AEVI project which is of great importance for Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The City has founded the public institution Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi. In doing do, they have shown institutional support for the project, and created the precondition for building the museum of contemporary art in our capital city”, said Skaka.

According to Ambassador Minasi, the arrival of maestro Pistoletto to Sarajevo for the fourth time is a sign of love and respect towards this city and country. “Pistoletto’s work which will be housed at the Historical Museum should be a place of dialogue, coming together and a symbol of respect for different cultures” stressed the Ambassador.

“Pistoletto’s work and his arrival to Sarajevo will attract great interest from the entire world, and that is particularly important because it shows our city as a city of culture and art” said the co-founder of ARS AEVI Hadžiomersaphić, using this opportunity to thank the City of Sarajevo and Mayor Skaka for the enthusiasm and a new approach towards the ARS AEVI project.

The Director of the Museum Hašimbegović said that the important cultural events such as this one place Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the art and cultural maps of the world.

Apart from the City of Sarajevo,the Embassy of Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the ARS AEVI and the Historical Museum, the inauguration of Pistoletto’s works was supported by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Canton and UNESCO.

Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY hosted young activists from BiH and Croatia

A group of young activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia attended a presentation at the ICTY Information Centre at the City Hall.

The students of law, political science, philosophy and criminalistics had an opportunity to learn about the founding history, mandate and significance of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY.

As part of the visit, the students learned about the activities and the use of the base for accessing the archive of the ICTY and had a tour of the authentic courtroom of the ICTY.

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Place of Multi-religious and Lay Meditation” to be inaugurated soon in Sarajevo

Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the most prominent contemporary artists in the world and great friend of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, will visit Sarajevo for the fourth time in order to officially present one of his most important works “Place of Multi-religious and Lay Meditation” to our city.

The inauguration of Pistoletto’s work will take place on September 26 at the Historical Museum of BiH, in the presence of the author and numerous guests from the political, diplomatic, cultural and public life of the city of Sarajevo and the state of BiH.

The Italian artist visited Sarajevo for three days last year, when he presented his work, and initiated the third phase of development of the Ars Aevi Project, with the goal of promoting it both internationally and in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Maesto Pistoletto was the first artist to donate his work “La porta dello Specchio/The Door of the Mirror” for the contemporary art collection Ars Aevi in 1994, as well as the first artist who held an individual exhibition in Sarajevo in the Art Gallery of BiH in 2001.

By founding the public institution Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi, the City of Sarajevo gave institutional support to the initiative for Sarajevo to finally obtain a museum of contemporary art, which should also signify the completion of the implementation of Ars Aevi project, which is of great importance for Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital city.

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka presented with the keys of the Albanian capital during official visit to Tirana

The Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka paid an official visit to Tirana, the capital city of Albania, where he met with the Mayor Erion Veliaj and was presented with the keys of this sister city. The capital city of BiH and Tirana have been sister cities since 1996 and they cultivate close relations.This visit is an introduction to the additional efforts in the implementation of joint initiatives, closer connections and mutual support in the field of international cooperation.

Mayor Skaka thanked the host for the honour shown to him, stressing that Sarajevo and Tirana have a shared European future and are evolving into true European metropolises and regional centres.

“This is a great honour for me personally and for all the citizens of Sarajevo. Our cities are developing rapidly and we must improve relations, cooperation and framework of networking. The capital cities are not just the key generators of economic development, but they can and should be the leaders in opening political processes and bringing the region closer together. In this light I see our future enhanced partnership” said Skaka.

During the working meeting the mayors Skaka and Veliaj discussed the specific cooperation projects in tourism, exchange of experiences in using EU funds and development opportunities, and the exchange of ideas on the joint approach to foreign markets.

The Mayor of Tirana was particularly interested in the successful experiences of Sarajevo in the construction and operation of the Trebević Cable Car. Furthermore, in view of the upcoming Summit of the Mayors of CEE and China, they discussed the better use of opportunities within the initiative “16+1” which has established a framework for joint activities of regional capitals and foreign investors. The official meeting was also attended by the Honorary Consul of BiH in Albania Fikret Klarić.

High delegation of Beijing Municipality paid a visit to Sarajevo

The delegation of the City of Sarajevo headed by Ivica Šarić, Deputy Mayor and Igor Gavrić, Chairman of the Sarajevo City Council, received the delegation of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, headed by Yan Aoshuang, Chairman of the Permanent Board of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress (BMPC).
The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Chen Bo.

The high delegation of Beijing Municipality visited Sarajevo with the purpose of strengthening relations with the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the guests were given a tour of some of the main cultural-historic monuments and tourist attractions including the Trebević Cable Car.

During the meeting at the City Hall, the two parties discussed the initiative to establish sister city relations between Sarajevo and Beijing. Deputy Mayor Šarić welcomed the delegation, pointing out that both cities hosted the Olympic Games and share a lot of joint interests.

  • Sarajevo is developing rapidly and next year it will be the host of the EYOF sports competition, while Beijing will be the host of WOG 2022 – said Šarić.

Chairman Gavrić added that Sarajevo was the economic and administrative centre of the country, stressing that there is a will to improve ties. Ms Yan Aoshuang said that the delegation was honoured by the reception in Sarajevo, emphasizing that there is a great interest for development of tourist relations.

  • The relations between our cities are improving and it is our hope that this visit will strengthen them even further. Sarajevo is without doubt attractive for tourists from Beijing and we are very happy because of it – said the high representative form the capital city of China.

Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY hosted Ambassador Berton, Head of OSCE mission to BiH

Ivo Komšić, President of the Mayor’s Council for the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY received H.E. Ambassador Bruce G. Berton, Head of OSCE Mission to BiH today at the City Hall.The reception was also attended by Rosalynd Roberts, Legal Aide for War Crime Issues and Rule of Law at the OSCE.

Komšić acquainted Ambassador Berton with the ongoing activities and future plans of the Information Centre. He stressed the educational role of the Centre in the research of war crimes from legal, historic, sociological, philosophical, politological and psychological aspect similar to the Nuremberg Academy. There is a plan to launch International Doctoral Studies, the thesis of which will be based on accessible archive of the ICTY.

Ambassador Berton stressed the important role of the Centre and expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing activities of the Sarajevo Information Centre on the ICTY.

After the meeting in the Centre, the delegation had a tour of the permanent exhibition entitled “Siege of Sarajevo through the Rulings of the ICTY “, the authentic courtroom of the ICTY and signed in the book of impressions.