Republika Srpska was working intensively on road infrastructure development with the aim of having a network of 420 km long highways by 2030, Neđo Trninić, the Minister of Transport and Communications of Republika Srpska, said in Belgrade on Wednesday.
He said at the 2nd Serbian Public-Private Partnership Conference that connecting Banjaluka with Belgrade was Republika Srpska’s priority.
“We have already been connected with Doboj from Banjaluka, thus as of next week, we will start with the construction on the Corridor Vc and we will introduce the contractors to start with the works in the phases 1 and 2, and we will continue with the phases 3 and 4 to Vukosavlje,” Trninić said.
According to him, it is being intensively worked and discussed on the connection from Vukosavlje to the boundary line with Brčko District and from Brčko District towards Bijeljina and further to Sremska Rača.
Trninić recalled that Serbia was working intensively, and voiced the expectation that the foundation stone for the joint bridge on the Sava River in Rača would be laid in the mid of summer.
“Surely we all want to do it as soon as possible, thus all the activities taken are going in that direction and I hope there will be no obstacles, as it can be,” Trninić said.
He also announced a series of activities related to the rail transport in Srpska at the panel with Head of the World Bank’s Office in Serbia Stephen Ndegwa and Director of the European Investment Bank’s Western Balkans Regional Representative Dubravka Negre.
Trninić said that Srpska had 420 kilometers of railways, of which 90 percent was electric, adding that additional investment in infrastructure and modernisation was required.
He also said that the Republika Srpska Railways was in the restructuring process, which was quite successful, according to the World Bank.
The meeting was opened by Assistant Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of Serbia Jovanka Atanacković, who emphasized that Serbia supported every type of public-private partnership.
The conference aims at the importance of public-private partnership, as well as key problems in investment planning through the model of public-private partnership.