Banjaluka, September 24 – The president of the St. Petersburg Committee for Development of Entrepreneurship, Elgiz Kachayev, expects that the economic cooperation between this city and Republika Srpska will develop and announced a possibility for Srpska to open a shopping mall in St. Petersburg. Kachayev said that a business delegation from St. Petersburg today invited Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik to take part in the All-Slavic Forum in this city in December.
During a visit to the village of Piskavica near Banjaluka, he expressed satisfaction with the impressions from Republika Srpska and announced a promotion of Srpska in St. Petersburg’s media.
“Impressions are excellent. We do not have a tradition like Serbian Patron St.’s Day (Slava). It is fascinating, and I think that the Serbian people will always be strong as they have such customs,” Kachayev said.
Regarding tourism cooperation between St. Petersburg and Republika Srpska, Kachayev said that the Russian delegation will have much to say about Srpska’s offerings when they return to Russia.
“There is a Russian saying that says that it is better to see once than to hear seven times. We hope to develop relations between St. Petersburg and Republika Srpska, and we maybe could open a Republika Srpska shopping mall in that city,” Kachayev said.
Traditional Serbian customs, Patron St.’s Day (Slava) and traditional Serbian cuisine were presented to the Russian delegation this evening in the village of Piskavica.
Representatives of some ten Russian companies, including Instrem /distribution of textile products/, Marshal /construction works/, Neva SPB /catering/, Petrobalt-SPB /lumber production/, Titan /publishing, organisers of conferences, fairs/, KomGruz /transportation services/, and representatives of the City Tourist Information Bureau, were in the St. Petersburg business delegation.
The Republika Srpska Government and the Republika Srpska Chamber of Commerce organised a visit by a delegation of Russian businessmen to Srpska.