An event “Days of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Republika Srpska” was officially opened on Thursday in Banjaluka with the concert performed by the Nizhny Novgorod Gubernia Orchestra at the National Theater of Republika Srpska.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian region, Olga Golodec, recalled in her address at the ceremony that Republika Srpska signed a cooperation agreement with the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast last year and added that the delegation of this region numbered more than 80 members from business, educational and culture sectors.
She stated that a number of activities were carried out in order to achieve constructive cooperation between Srpska and that Russian region, and that the event “Days of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Srpska” encompasses several sectors, from the economy to the cultural events.
Golodec presented appreciation letters to the Minister of Energy and Mining of Republika Srpska Petar Djokić, as well as His Grace Patriarch Jefrem of Banjaluka, received by his envoy, for the activities they conducted in order to make this event happen.
The icon of the Holy Seraphim of Sarov was presented to the Diocese of Banjaluka.
Before the beginning of the event, Minister Djokić told the press that such a diverse delegation consisted of high number of members, led by the vice-governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, indicated the importance of cooperation with Republik Srpska.
“Efforts are being made to implement the cooperation agreement signed last year in Banjaluka, which defines the possibilities of cooperation,” Djokić said.
He added that meetings at the level of the departments, as well as at the level of representatives of educational institutions and culture, were held within the event “Days of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Srpska”.
Djokic said that some parts of this event’s programme will take place in Banjaluka, Prijedor and Brčko.
Minister of Economy and Entrepreneurship of Srpska Vjekoslav Petričević said that Nizhny Novgorod Oblast is one of the most developed region in Russia, saying that the talks were held at all levels, from the metal industry to the medical equipment development.
He voiced the expectation that the talks between the businessmen of Srpska and that Russian region would result in concrete agreements on cooperation between companies.
“The talks were held at ministries’ level on the possible formation of joint companies that would operate in Srpska, which would allow easier access to the EU markets for both Srpska and the Russian region, and we presented them with our investment capacities,” Petričević said.
Minister of European Integration and International Cooperation of Republika Srpska Zlatan Klokić said that the visit was a continuation of the activities towards the implementation of what was laid down in the signed cooperation agreement.
“The delegation includes a large number of businessmen who during the day talked with our businessmen in the Chamber of Commerce and I hope this will result in certain economic activities,” said Klokić, adding that it is important to develop other forms of cooperation.
Srđan Rajčević, Minister for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpsk, Minister of Education and Culture Natalija Trivić and Minister of Family, Youth and Sports Sonja Davidović also attended the opening of the event “Days of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Republika Srpska”.