The Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (CCIS) organized a webinar on the topic "Investment opportunities and partnerships for SMEs and startups in the IT sector; Competitiveness of gaming and Blockchain, the leading sector in Serbia". Oliver Bradonjic, Delivery Manager, shared the business experience of our company.
Belgrade, October 7 - the first webinar organized by our Chamber was successfully held within the Stay Export initiative in cooperation with CCIS intitled "Investment opportunities and partnerships for SMEs and startups in the IT sector; Competitiveness of gaming and Blockchain, the leading sector in Serbia ".
The Stay Export project aims to provide information and necessary support to SME exports in order to re-establish and strengthen economic relations with foreign markets.
At the very beginning of the event, the guests were greeted by Mirjana Kojić, Secretary General of CCIS and webinar moderator, and announced representatives of the most relevant associations and clusters of the IT sector in Serbia, who very concretely presented the current situation and potential and subsectors in the IT industry. Serbia.
On behalf of the Vojvodina ICT cluster, the guests were addressed by Mr. Milan Šolaja, CEO, who with a general overview of the sector highlighted market opportunities, services and investments in this area, benefits provided by the labor market, Serbia.
Nebojsa Djurdjevic, CEO of the Digital Serbia Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to create a competitive digital economy in Serbia, gave an overview of the Startup Ecosystem in Serbia with special reference to investment benefits and tax relief for startups.
The event continued with the presentation of the two most interesting subsectors for investment and cooperation between the two countries - gaming and blockchain. Kristina Janković, administrative manager of the Serbian Association of Video Game Industry, informed the audience about the structure and work of the association, and gave an overview of the gaming industry which is in the process of expansion and tax relief due to which Serbia is presented as a new player in Europe. Ivan Bjelajac, President of the Serbian Blockchain Initiative, which was created to develop a strong Blockchain ecosystem in Serbia, presented a group of companies offering service services for Web3 product development, digital banking, digital identity and supply chain management, with special reference to a recent study. participated together with the Ministry of Innovation and Technological Development of Serbia.
Information on the digital tax and the legal framework in the blockchain, as well as its potential impact on companies in Serbia, webinar participants could hear from Uroš Preočanin, director of the Tax Department of BDO Business Advisory Serbia, a member of KISP. He also spoke about creating a more favorable tax and legal environment and the possibilities of attracting digital nomads to live and work in Serbia.
In order to complete the story with good examples from practice, the presentations were complemented by the experience of a Serbian Startup as well as an Italian company that has been operating in Serbia for 8 years.
Vukasin Vukoje, CEO of the successful Serbian startup Filmina, presented the process of decentralized data storage based on Blockchain technology, as well as the advantages and problems related to decentralized data storage, while Oliver Bradonjic, Service Delivery Manager of the Italian company in Serbia, Engineering Software Lab, member of KISP, presented experiences related to the IT sector in Serbia and the challenges they face, and spoke about the process of "creating" jobs and issues related to the brain drain from Serbia.
Serbia's good placement on the European and world market of the IT industry leaves room for even greater and faster progress of this sector in the future.
The webinar noted the great interest of companies from Italy and Serbia, which had the opportunity to ask questions to the organizers.