The international business club Diaspora Group
is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In these two decades, we’ve been the most proud of our modest contribution to spreading good word about Serbia across the globe and to an ever increasing export of the products marked Made in Serbia to all continents. Furthermore, we are glad that Serbia is being talked about as the country that should be invested in, that is worth of coming to as a business partner, tourist, diplomat, journalist, athlete, scientist or as a student. We are perhaps the most proud of the fact that our diaspora of all generations, everywhere in the world, is cooperating increasingly more with Serbia and the region and that the country of origin, the language, the culture and the customs are not being forgotten.
This is how Milorad Misa Ciric, General Manager of Diaspora Group, begins his story of the anniversary of the association which has been promoting Serbia worldwide since 1997. In his interview for eKapija, he says that the idea about the foundation was born by looking at other states and nations and their large immigrant communities. A group of people originating in Serbia and the countries of the then Yugoslavia thereby organized and decided to put their knowledge, experience and influence in the world to the purpose of mutual cooperation and support to the native country.
– The main desire of us who lived in the USA at the time was to join together, which was a global requirement of survival – joining resources together to the end of reducing expenses. At the same time, we wanted to present our country of origin in the best way possible – our interviewee explains.
Since the founding, the Diaspora Group has been active in several fields, through various B2B and B2C activities, striving to motivate people of Serbian origin in the diaspora to cooperate with each other. Furthermore, it affirms and encourages the diaspora from all over the world, as well as foreigners, to come and cooperate with Serbia and the region, while providing individuals, institutions and business partners in Serbia with full support in connecting and presenting themselves in foreign markets, where the members of the Diaspora Group live and work – in 56 countries worldwide.
– Our most important partners in the diaspora are located in Chicago, Toronto, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, Milan, Sydney, Dubai, London, Istanbul, Zurich, Johannesburg, Wellington, Prague, Timisoara, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, the Dominican Republic, Brazil... As for Serbia, I am proud and grateful to be able to highlight the remarkably successful cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia since 2005, as well as with numerous companies. Today, we cooperate with fairs, provide consulting services, promote tourism, IT and the implementation of new technologies, knowledge transfer, the agrarian and food technology... We have great contacts with trade and transport companies as well.Diaspora looking to invest in Serbia