The project "100 Greatest in Montenegro 2019" is intended for companies that, despite numerous limitations, objective and subjective barriers in business, continuously achieve excellent results and as such deserve the recognition and respect of the wider community. This was announced at the press conference on the occasion of the start of the project "100 Greatest in Montenegro", which is being held this year for the second time, initiated by the company “BI Consulting”, as the leading agency in the field of business and credit information in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economy, with the support of the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro and with the general sponsorship of the Société Générale Bank Montenegro.
The founder of BI Consulting, a provider of business information, Ratko Nikolic, reminded that the goal of the project is to promote positive business practice in Montenegro, to make it visible to the most important Montenegrin companies, the major taxpayers and the largest employers.
"Despite numerous limitations, objective and subjective barriers in business, it should be noted that in Montenegro there is a significant number of companies that continuously achieve excellent results. Such companies deserve recognition and respect of the wider community, which is why this Project is dedicated to them," Nikolic said.
On the basis of clear parameters from the financial statements for the business year 2018, he said that 100 major companies from micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as all large companies will be selected.
"We will rank all of them according to clear and publicly available parameters from their duly submitted financial statements, based on total revenues, realized net profit and number of employees. We will also distinguish and rate 20 companies as per 12 key business activities and publish them all in a special annual publication, an exclusive, collector's edition, in which all the significant business achievements in the previous financial year will find its place," Nikolic said.
According to him, the criteria and parameters for ranking are public, clear and precise, and companies, as explained, are ranked by automation, depending on the results achieved, reported in the balance sheets.
"Only companies that submitted correct financial statements for 2018 will be on the lists, that were not blocked in the last 12 months, that regularly carry out tax obligations or regularly execute their commitments from the reprograms, operate for at least three years, have a capital higher than 100 thousand euros and more than three employees," Nikolic said.
He added that the first-ranked companies in these categories and one for the fastest growing company per the same parameters will be awarded at the ceremony at the end of May. CEO of the Directorate for Investments, Development of Small and Medium Enterprises and Management of EU Funds in the Ministry of Economy, Radosav Babic, said that in Montenegro there are about 26 thousand registered companies, which will be in the competition for the selection of the greatest and most profitable ones.
"Such a project will show existing and potential investors that in Montenegro they can find credible business opportunities and partners. It will additionally inspire and encourage start-up projects, especially in the category of micro and small enterprises. It is up to us as a government and the state to create entrepreneurs with a favorable business environment and support for growth and development," Babić explained.
He announced that the Ministry of Economy will implement the Program for improving the competitiveness of the economy this year, through ten different Program lines for improving the innovativeness, introduction of international standards, modernization of the processing industry, cluster development, support for the development of crafts, provision of mentoring services and entrepreneurship development.
"I am convinced that this kind of project is an additional incentive for domestic businessmen to use the Government's available support in order to continuously improve their business in the future and contribute to their efforts to find themselves on the list of the 100 greatest in Montenegro," Babic said.
The State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Nemanja Katnic, said that the participation of this sector, that is, the Government in the project will be very significant and that it will be an additional stimulus for domestic companies that want to achieve even better business results.
"This project also highlights the major taxpayers, which also shows how important financial reporting is for both businessmen and the state," Katnic said.
The 100 Greatest project, he explained, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, in the previous year, singled out and awarded the best Montenegrin companies in different categories, which, as he added, is a guarantee that Montenegro has quality business entities.
"We hope that the forthcoming period will produce new names on the Montenegrin market, which will contribute to the development of the economic sector, which will result in new jobs and increased export, as well as the development of entrepreneurship, which is ultimately one of the main goals of the Government," Katnic said.
Executive Director of the Business department and Vice president of the Société Générale Bank Montenegro, Samo Jovićević, said that, given the results and organization of the "100 Greatest in Montenegro" last year, that bank decided to be part of the project this year, which will additionally highlight and reward the largest, best and most successful Montenegrin companies.
"We at the Société Générale Montenegro believe that rewarding and highlighting companies that have made an outstanding contribution to the Montenegrin economy and the development of small and medium business is very important, primarily because it should an example and show that along with persistent and committed work it is possible to achieve good results and contribute to the further development of the business environment and the economy as a whole," Jovicevic said.
He said that the Société Générale Bank Montenegro continued with strong credit support to the Montenegrin companies last year, which, as he added, is witnessed by the dynamic growth of the bank's loan portfolio in this segment of about ten percent.
"We are sure that many Montenegrin companies, with our many years of continuous support, achieved record results in 2018 and will deserve to be part of the club of the best and most successful Montenegrin companies," Jovicevic said.
More detailed information about conditions, criteria and categories is available on the site www.100najvecih.me
Text by Promo, on February 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
February 21, 2019 - The two-day presentation of vacancies in the Lustica Development company in Tivat and the Chedi Hotel Lustica Bay for all interested candidates will be held on Friday and Saturday, 22 February and 23 February.
There are about 100 vacancies in the hotel and 15 in Lustica Development, which is developing a project for the construction of a tourist town Lustica Bay. These are operational and administrative engagements in the field of tourism and catering, and the highest percentage of seasonal character.
On behalf of the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank sold these state securities in the total amount of EUR 24 million at the second auction of Treasury bills this year, while the total amount of submitted bids was EUR 27 million. The deadline for the records submission is 182 days, which is August 20th. At the first auction this year, all state bills worth 18 million euros were sold.
According to the Ministry of Finance, total state debt on the basis of government bonds is 214.13 million euros.
The Ministry of Finance with the issuance of government bills as short-term securities maintains the current liquidity of the budget, and official data shows that commercial banks are interested in investing in these state-owned securities and that their bids are higher than what the state asks for. According to data for the last year, six banks with the deadline of 182 days submitted bids in the amount of 270 million euros, while the total amount of accepted bids was 213.6 million euros.
The country plans to provide 190 million euros this year for the needs of financing the budget through the issuance of domestic Eurobonds. The projection is that the budget will lack €556 million this year. This amount will be provided by loans and credits from domestic and foreign sources in the amount of 370 million euros, as well as from deposits in the amount of 180 million euros. The Ministry of Finance explained that in the Economic Reform Program from this year until 2021 the country's internal debt grew during 2018 due to the issuance of government bills, in order to maintain current liquidity.
"Nevertheless, at the end of the third quarter of 2018, there was a decrease in the domestic debt in relation to the end of 2017, due to the repayment of government bonds to the level at the end of 2017, commercial loans taken with domestic banks, and the repayment of old foreign currency savings," said the ministry.
Text by Marija Mirjacic, on February 19th 2019, read more at Vijesti
19 February 2019 - According to the investment and business plan of the company "Luka Kotor" A.D. (English: “Port of Kotor”) which is majority owned by the Municipality of Kotor, in the next five years the development of port infrastructure foresees investments of 4.678.440,00 EUR while the construction of pylons is the main and most expensive project worth 1,5 million EUR, the realization of which is planned in 2019.
According to the executive director of the company, marine captain Branko Kovačević, the implementation of the five-year investment plan will provide an amount of 1,1 million euros from the loan, and the rest will be the company’s own funds.
“The most important project is the construction of pylons, that is, the extension of the operational coast, which involves the construction of four pylons with a concrete block at about 80 to 100 metres from the beginning of the operational coast. This would create the conditions for the 330-meter-long mega cruiser to be connected to this site because boats up to 300 metres long can be connected, but with a limited bow that should not exceed eight metres," said Kovačević for Daily Newspapers Dan.
He emphasized that the realisation of this project is crucial because more and more boats are being built for the transport of tourists, and within the next year, 22 mega cruisers with a length of 330 metres will appear on the world market.
“The construction and putting into operation the pylons is one of the priority conditions for Kotor Port to be competitive for unlimited quantities of ships and to be operational throughout the year for mega cruisers. This investment is significant not only for Kotor but also for the entire state because the Port of Kotor is a gateway to Montenegro. Tourists from cruisers visit all interesting destinations, starting from Cetinje, Skadar Lake, Žabljak, Bay of Kotor, and this is a unique promotion of Montenegro in the world. We already have an announcement from one agency for the next year that, if we finish everything according to the plan regarding the construction of the pylon, one such Kotor mega cruiser will be the starting port for its first journey,” emphasized Kovačević.
Kotor is a cruising destination which is continuously gaining more popularity, which is confirmed with the reservations for the current year for the arrival of 530 cruisers. There are already positive predictions regarding the Port for the year 2020, and it is currently confirmed that the “Ancient City of Boka” will be visited by 478 boats next year.
Source: Boka News
Company “Domaca trgovina” is continuing to expand its sales network according to the concept of a neighboring store. In the settlement Ljubovic near Radosav Buric street, a new Aroma market has been opened in an area of over 400 square meters. In a charming ambiance, per which Aroma Markets are recognizable, more than 8000 products of famous domestic and foreign manufacturers are offered. In addition to fresh fruits, vegetables, and a delicatessen, the selection of Italian products "Conad" has been extended, which can be purchased only in the markets of this company. Every day, there will be a variety of homemade dishes, and delicious pastries and fresh bread will be prepared according to carefully prepared recipes.
A new team of educated salesmen will take care of the customers, and Marija Cetkovic will provide support to colleagues, who in the past three years was promoted in Aroma from the product’s distribution in the store to the deputy manager: "I am pleased that new colleagues joined the Aroma team, who, with their service and kindness, will enable the customers to enjoy a pleasant shopping experience. My work in Aroma began in the position of the product’s allocation, then cashier, and thanks to the education and support of the management, I got the opportunity to make progress. I wish my colleagues happiness and I believe that our new Aroma will be a favorite place for shopping in this area."
"For over five years, we have been developing the concept of a good neighbor, where it is important to know what kind of trade the customers want and how to respect their habits. Consumer’s credibility is difficult to obtain, and we are very proud that every day more and more people see Aroma as a home brand, which offers them a favorable shopping experience through numerous discounts, quality service, and pleasant shopping. That's why we decided that our strategic route is to expand the network according to the concept of a domestic, neighborhood store where you can get to know our sellers, transfer their suggestions and make purchases in a pleasant environment," the company added.
Many customers welcomed the opening of the new store, and numerous gifts were provided for the first customers. In the coming days, all those who visit this market will find more than 800 products at discounted prices.
The doors of the Aroma Market in Radosav Buric street will be open every day from 7 am to 10 pm.
Text by Promo, on February 18th 2019, read more at Vijesti
16 February 2019 - The information on the confirmation of the provision of support for the implementation of public calls within the IPARD II programme 2014-2020 has been approved by the Government of Montenegro. On this occasion, the Government adopted the conclusions concerning the provision of funds for national co-financing of projects under IPARD II Programme. Through the implementation of the IPARD II programme, a total of 51,816,473 euro grant will be available to the Montenegrin farmers, of which the EU funds amount to 39,000,000 euros, and the national co-financing amounts to 12,816,473 euros. The granting of non-refundable support to end-users will be paid according to the defined criteria and will be within the range of 50 to 70%, depending on the type of investment and the geographical location of the holdings and the location of the investment. The goal of the IPARD II programme is the restructuring and modernisation of the agricultural and processing sector, with the aim of creating competitive agricultural holdings and the processing sector, which will be ready for EU accession and the use of EU funds.
The Government also passed the Decision on the distribution of profits and the increase in the share capital of the Limited Liability Company "Montenegrin Electricity Market Operator" - Podgorica and the Decision Amending the Decision on the Establishment of a Limited Liability Company "Montenegrin Electricity Market Operator." These documents determined that the total profit of this company - 561,749.35 euros is allocated in the name of reserves (101,410.48 euros), while the rest of profit (460,338.87 euros) represents an increase in the company's share capital.
On the same occasion, the Information on the implementation of the Action Plan for the implementation of the recommendations of the State Audit Institution at the end of the third quarter of 2018 has been approved and adopted the Action Plan for the implementation of the recommendations of the State Audit Institution. On this occasion, the Government instructed specific budget users to coordinate activities to implement the recommendations and to submit to the Ministry of Finance quarterly reports for all the units they oversee.
The Cabinet within the Government of Montenegro session passed the Information on the activities of the Commission for Missing Persons in 2018, which provides an overview of all activities individually in the previous year. The Commission is seeking 57 Montenegrin citizens and persons whose applicants, at the time they reported their disappearance, were resident in Montenegro, of which 44 persons are being sought on the territory of Kosovo, ten on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and three on the territory of Croatia. In cooperation with commissions and other associations in the countries of the region dealing with this issue, the Commission resolved and executed the handover of the remains of 27 persons missing in armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the past period. It was emphasised that the Commission cooperates with relevant ministries, experts and forensics, and relevant international organisations and institutions, as well as with families of the missing, to provide a comprehensive, professional and systematic approach to address this issue.
The Government also passed the Information on signing the Agreement on the recognition of training and certification of sailors for service at ships registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. By signing this document, sailors from Montenegro will be able to be hired on vessels operating under the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Cabinet approved the Report on the Work of the Council for the Protection of Animals for 2018. When presenting the Report, it was pointed out that since the founding of the Council, some significant initiatives have been launched. Among other things, it started with the activities related to the protection of the welfare of dogs and the responsible ownership of their holders, as well as the issue of controlling the abandoned dog population, that is, the stray dogs. It was concluded that the establishment of central dog records, provided through the support of the World Bank, as well as the envisaged funds in the budget for the implementation of measures for identification and registration of dogs, will form the basis for the implementation of legislation and criminal policy in this area and the affirmation of responsible ownership.
February 18, 2019 - The government agreed to Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs Osman Nurkovic to sign the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Certification and Certification of Seafarers with the Naval Administration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at its session on Thursday, 14 February.
February 15, 2019 - NGO Green Home will organise a public debate on NGOs and media on Wednesday, 20 February, focusing on the plans of four major hydropower plants in Moraca, where representatives of international organisations such as Riverwatch, WWF Adria, Bankwatch and The Nature Conservancy will take part.
11 February 2019 - The energy sector in Montenegro has great development potential, especially in the field of renewable energy sources, Prime Minister Duško Marković and representatives of the German WPD Group underscored at the meeting which took place in Podgorica.
Pointing to encouraging economic indicators and achievements of the Government's economic policy, Prime Minister Marković said that, through attracting credible foreign investments, Montenegro wants to make the best use of its energy potential, stressing as valuable the interest of the WPD group, a team that is dominantly focused on the development and financing of wind power plants.
The meeting noted that the entire Montenegrin hinterland has the potential to build wind power plants and that the Government will work towards identifying locations and creating opportunities for development.
"Montenegro is becoming a regional energy hub," the Prime Minister said, adding that the Government has imposed a moratorium on the policy of subsidising electricity from renewable sources.
Chief Executive Officer of WPD Group for Europe said that they want to invest in Montenegro and that they have the knowledge and capabilities since they installed around 4,500 megawatts of wind turbines all over Europe. He pointed out the benefits of wind energy utilisation with regard to technological innovations in that area and lowering the cost of production of such energy.
Prime Minister Marković also stated that Montenegro wants to develop an overall strategic partnership with Germany, both at political and economic levels. German Ambassador to Montenegro Robert Weber, who also attended the meeting, agreed with the Prime Minister's commitment.
February 12, 2019 - Flight Control of Serbia and Montenegro SMATSA Belgrade and European Satellite Service Providers (ESSP) have signed two EGNOS work contracts, which is the first step towards the implementation of access procedures based on the EGNOS service at airports in the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro.
11 February 2019 - Podgorica will get another residential-business complex on the site of the current Hotel City under Ljubović, and the potential investor, Company UTIP Montenegro, does not reject the possibility that one part of the building could be left for a different hotel category than the existing one.
Hotel City is owned by the joint-stock company UTIP Montenegro, whose majority owner is businessman Žarko Burić. His "Normal Company" with 80,4 percent of the shares is running UTIP.
The demolition of the current City Hotel in Podgorica started February 11. The representative of UTIP Montenegro, Nemanja Nikolić, said that the destruction would take about 40 days. He added that they had already announced the construction of a multi-purpose residential and business facility.
UTIP Montenegro has previously announced that due to significant changes in the hotel market in Podgorica, which are primarily reflected in a significant drop in the price of the service due to the opening of a large number of hotels in the city and a bad situation in which Hotel City was generally in, investor JSC UTIP Montenegro made a decision on the construction of a multifunctional residential-business facility on the location of the Hotel City at the Assembly of Shareholders held on November 10, 2017.
According to the project that is being completed by the Podgorica architectural bureau, only the residential business building that would have a little less than 25,000 square meters is mapped to the place where the City Hotel today is located. Six floors, ground floor, and underground garage are projected.
"A multipurpose business residential building is planned on the plot. In addition to housing, the business segment is planned on the ground floor, and in one part of the building, the investors plan a construction of a city hotel that will have a separate entrance and which can be stretched vertically through the entire height of the building, "report the representatives of Detailed Urban Plan of Podgorica.