07 February 2019 - The excellent results of the Government's economic policy and the implemented reforms provided a quality basis for further business development, job creation and improvement of the quality of life of citizens, the meeting of Prime Minister Duško Marković and the most successful Montenegrin business people assessed.
Recalling the economic growth of 4.9 percent for the nine months of 2018, which is among the largest in Europe, and the results of fiscal consolidation, Prime Minister Marković told business people that this year he wants to continue with similar growth rates, strengthen the fight against the gray economy, change laws to strengthen competitiveness and eliminate business barriers and increase the efficiency of administration.
The Prime Minister said that the consistent application of the law is important and that part of the challenges faced by business people stem from bad practice and inadequate application of the rules.
Business people have said that the government has done a lot to improve the business environment, but that there are still specific challenges to be addressed. Prime Minister Marković and business people agreed that an intense fight against the gray economy is necessary for the areas of tourism, construction, trade and the labor market. Prime Minister Marković also talked with business people about the necessity of increasing salaries and improving the working conditions of private sector employees and how this can be achieved.
The Prime Minister told business people that the state never paid more money for development and business, and reminded that the capital budget of EUR 320 million was the largest since the independence renewal.
"There is money and opportunity for work. We have to organise ourselves to use them and turn them into a common good," Prime Minister Marković said.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Milutin Simović, Finance Minister Darko Radunović, Economy Minister Dragica Sekulić, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Pavle Radulović and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Investment Development Fund Zoran Vukčević.