The fourth summit of the leaders of the Open Balkans initiative – Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Dimitar Kovačevski, and Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama was held in Ohrid on June 8. The guests of the summit in attendance were the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazović, and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zoran Tegeltija.
A plenary session entitled “Open Balkans Opens Tourism” was held within the summit, where the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Tatjana Matić pointed out that together, within the “Open Balkans” initiative, we are committed to working on solutions that will enable faster development and overall economic and social progress. Matić pointed out that tourism is perhaps the first practical step to strengthen cooperation, as an extremely promising industry in which more and more business opportunities are opening up. The plenary session was also addressed by Fatmir Bytyqi, Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy of Northern Macedonia, and Mirela Kumbaro Furki, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Protection of Albania.
The plenary session was attended by the director of the Tourism Organization of Vojvodina, Nataša Pavlović PhD, as well as representatives of travel agencies, organizations, tour operators, hotels, chambers of commerce.
A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of tourism in the Western Balkans, i.e. between Serbia, Albania and Northern Macedonia, was solemnly signed at the Open Balkans summit. Minister Matić said that the memorandum strengthens the platform for spreading strong and stable relations between these three countries, as well as that the memorandum gives us a framework for joint promotional campaigns for distant countries.