Can tech save the world?

Local news, 21.09.2021

As a side event to the 10th annual meeting of the Joint Economic Commission between Switzerland and Serbia, the Swiss Embassy organized together with important Swiss and local partners (such as the Science Technology Park in Belgrade, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia) a joint exhibition showcasing more than 30 innovative clean-tech-solutions developed by Swiss and Serbian start-ups and companies. 

Clean-Tech exhibition at the Science and Technology Park Belgrade
Clean-Tech exhibition at the Science and Technology Park Belgrade ©STP Belgrade

The exhibition was officially inaugurated on September 21, 2021 with key note speeches of H.E. State Secretary Stevan Nikčević, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia, H.E. Ambassador Erwin Bollinger, Head Bilateral Economic Relations, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, and Mr. Mihailo Vesović, Director of the Sector for Economic Analysis, Services and Internationalization of the Serbian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The inauguration was attended by journalists as well as Swiss and Serbian business and government representatives.

The exhibition was accessible to the public for the duration of seven days, ending on September 28. The goals of the exhibition were:

  • To create a dialogue between Swiss and Serbian key representatives on the topics of sustainable economy and environmental protection;
  • To draw attention to Swiss and Serbian Clean-Tech solutions that can help mitigate climate change and environmental challenges;
  • To promote Swiss and Serbian Clean-Tech-Start-Ups and to foster bilateral collaboration in the Clean-Tech-sector.

“As this exhibition shows, we are all committed to reaching the goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in order to both achieve sustainable economic growth and to protect our environment. We are convinced that a joint approach is required, including governments, civil society, and the private sector. If we succeed in maintaining and building on this common approach, reflected in this exhibition here in Belgrade, we will master one of the greatest challenges of our time – reconcile economy and ecology. And after today it should be clear that Switzerland and Serbia can and must add their contribution to this”, stated Ambassador Erwin Bollinger on the occasion of the opening.

After this successful exhibition, the Swiss Embassy remains committed to be further engaging in fostering important bilateral cooperation between Serbia and Switzerland in the in the increasingly relevant field of clean tech, contributing to the reconciliation of economy and ecology and further intensifying the economic ties between both countries.

10th annual meeting of the Joint Economic Commission