The President of the Republic of Srpska, Željka Cvijanović, together with the Serb member and Chairman of the Presidency of BiH, Milorad Dodik, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska, Radovan Višković, today visited the City of Bijeljina and spoke with the city’s leadership.
The President of the Republic of Srpska stated that the Republic of Srpska Government has so far allocated more than 400 million KM for strategic projects in the City of Bijeljina and that the implementation of agreed projects will continue.
After the meeting with the leadership of the City of Bijeljina, President Cvijanović said that the meeting discussed started and future projects, and that it was pointed out that the co-operation between the republic’s and local authorities must proceed well and unhindered if projects are to be realised.
According to the President of the Republic, one of the strategic projects is the motorway that will connect Bijeljina with Belgrade, and that the objective is to have it completed in five years.
The President of Srpska noted that, when it comes to Semberija, most investments are made in agriculture, with an emphasis on water management, and added that, as to the Drina embankment, the city should do its part of the job with regard to land expropriation so that the republic’s institutions can then act further and implement this important project.
“Everyone should do their part of the job so that, with good co-operation, we can come to the implementation of projects,” stressed the President of the Republic.
As far as projects in the field of education, it was pointed out at the meeting that everything needed in terms of rehabilitation and extension of educational facilities will be provided.
“A lot has been done with regard to school facilities and accompanying features, such as gyms,” noted the President of the Republic.
“When it comes to preschool education,” declared the President of the Republic, “the Government helped in previous years, and at the meeting we further discussed the project of building a new and modern kindergarten that will accommodate 500 children.”
The President of the Republic asserted that the precondition for implementing projects is that the city administration takes the initial steps, because only after that can the republic’s institutions get involved.
“We are committed to assist the construction of a multi-purpose sports centre here, which would imply serious funding, but, nonetheless, any activities must be started by the city administration,” underlined President Cvijanović.
The President of the Republic assessed that Bijeljina has a good future, as well as the Republic of Srpska, and that indicators showed that the Republic emerged from the crisis strengthened and that good preconditions are being created for the economy and the creation of new jobs.
“The Republic will also help with the opening of a new industrial zone, but the initial steps must be taken by the local authorities in terms of incentives that will attract entrepreneurs to come here, because the Republic, for its part, has already ensured a competitive tax policy,” concluded the President of the Republic of Srpska.