The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović attended the opening of the Festival of Domestic Products tonight in Banja Luka, organised by the Association of Young Economists (UMEK).
The President Cvijanović said that the priority of Srpska was the protection of domestic products, and that she was pleased to support the Second Festival of Domestic Products, recognised as a place that sends positive messages.
“This is an initiative of young people who want to work and promote local products, and contribute to raising public awareness of the quality of our products, as well as the need to buy our own, rather than prioritising foreign products”, said the President of Srpska.
The President Cvijanović said that more than 60 participants were gathered at the event this year, and that an increasing number of participants show that the festival has been recognised as a place that sends positive messages.
“This can also be observed as a quality continuation of activities undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Srpska with the aim of promoting local products and investing in the Republic of Srpska, which comes from young people”, said the President of the Republic.
The President of Srpska emphasized the importance of the festival, which brought together some of the most important producers from the Republic of Srpska, and thus received the support of republican institutions.
The President Cvijanović reiterated that the priority of the Republic of Srpska is the protection of domestic production, but when it comes to foreign trade and many other activities, it is necessary to bear in mind that this is at the BiH level.
“Even a few years ago, our republican institutions found partners in the Federation of BiH and talked about how to protect domestic production, but we did not find a positive impact from the level of BiH”, said the President of Srpska.
The President of the Republic emphasized that it is not true that the issue of protection of domestic production is incompatible with the movement of BiH towards the EU in terms of market liberalisation, since there are certain exceptions and certain measures can be applied, seasonal rather than permanent.