Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration and Minister of Science
and Technological Development Bozidar Djelic and Director of USAID
Mission to Serbia Susan Fritz signed two agreements yesterday on the United
States’ assistance to Serbia worth $18.8 million.
After the signing of the agreements, Djelic explained that the first is
an agreement on assistance for a more competitive market economy, worth
$8.8 million and aimed at creating a better business ambient and
developing private entrepreneurship.
The second agreement, worth
$10 million, concerns assistance to public administration and is
directed at enabling more efficient, transparent and reliable services
provided by state organs, he outlined.
The Deputy Prime Minister
and US Ambassador to Belgrade Mary Warlick agreed that the relations
between two countries have been on the rise since last year’s visit of
US Vice President Joseph Biden to Serbia, which was followed by visits
of other US officials and investors.
Warlick reiterated that the
agreements that were signed today are one more example of the relations
between Serbia and the US growing stronger.
envisage joint vision, results and goals, she stressed and added that
both agreements help reform in Serbia as well as its aspiration to join
In the last ten years, the US has set aside more than
$765 million of assistance to Serbia’s citizens through USAID aimed at
improving living conditions and boosting democracy.
agreements signed today prescribe mandatory submission of annual reports
on results achieved and joint planning of the future.