CEFTA in pandemics: Achievements and Challenges

17 December 2020

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, traditional events within the CEFTA Week 2020 under the Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina will take place on virtual platforms during 14-17 December 2020. Starting with the official CEFTA meetings, the CEFTA Week will conclude with the Conference ”CEFTA in pandemics: Achievements and Challenges” on 17 December 2020. The CEFTA Conference will also take place virtually, although small circle of speakers and participants will be present in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CEFTA Conference will bring together representatives of the CEFTA Parties, business community and international organisations, to discuss trade implications of pandemic situation for the CEFTA Parties, challenges and opportunities for economic recovery that lie ahead.


We invite you to join our discussions online on 17 December 2020.

Registration is available here. Deadline for registration is 11 December 2020.

Agenda - Conference ”CEFTA in pandemics: Achievements and Challenges”

Opening of the Conference

Panel discussion – Regional Economic Cooperation: Milestone of the region’s response to COVID19 and path for a lasting economic recovery

The panel should discuss trade implications of pandemic situation for the CEFTA Parties and region’s response to COVID19 pandemic. The speakers would be invited to share their views on how the recently adopted Action Plan for the Common Regional Market for 2021-2024 could support and accelerate the recovery of the CEFTA region.

Panel discussion – CEFTA Mutual recognition programmes: Potential for boosting the trade in CEFTA

CEFTA Parties made a far-reaching commitment to remove obstacles, and cut costs and time needed for goods, services, capital and people to move freely across the region. This should be achieved through mutual recognition programmes (MRP). Aim of the panel is to promote and further enhance the use of MRA in intra-CEFTA trade and beyond. As well as to exchange views on stepping up work regarding the MPRand assess the opportunitiesfor boosting the trade in CEFTA.

Panel discussion – E-commerce: Pathway to economic recovery of the CEFTA region

Trade in goods is undergoing a digital revolution. E-Commerce offers an additional way to spur economic growth, even more in these challenging times where physical purchases and customer relations are restricted. A sound E-commerce environment helps big and small enterprises to work on their economic recovery and promote their products. The panel will take stock of current opportunities and provide an overview of the e-commerce situation in CEFTA Parties. The panel will also address the way forward.

Closing of the Conference: Key achievements and way forward

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