27 October 2019 - Marriott International, Inc. recently announced the signing of a milestone agreement with Northstar D.O.O. to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro. Under the plan funded by Al Yasra, The Ritz-Carlton, Montenegro and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Montenegro is scheduled to bring the brand’s unrivalled elegance and legendary service to the country in 2023.
“With its striking views of the Adriatic coast, Montenegro has quickly become a favourite Mediterranean destination for global travellers,” said Carlton Ervin, Chief Development Officer – Europe, Marriott International. “The signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Montenegro, highlights the demand for our luxury brands in this exciting region. Combining the country’s serene, natural beauty, together with the brand’s legendary service, makes Montenegro the perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton guest.”
Slated to rise in a prime position on the Western tip of the chic Luštica Peninsula, the hotel and residences are expected to boast panoramic views over the glittering Adriatic Sea. Planned to be accessible by car in 30 minutes from Tivat International Airport or two hours from Dubrovnik International Airport, the coastal property is expected to allow guests and residents to have an unforgettable entrance via the sea at a planned private jetty.
Design plans for the hotel’s 120 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites envision relaxing sanctuaries for guests, with simple local design planned to merge discreetly with contemporary technology, all to enhance the natural beauty of the location. The project’s plans call for low-rise buildings that would blend into the terrain while maximizing sea and sunset views for guests, residents and visitors alike. The powerful backdrop of the Adriatic is expected to highlight planned recreational amenities, including the property’s main restaurant, two specialty restaurants, a beach bar, indoor and outdoor pools, a salt-water Lido pool, a world-class spa and fitness room, and well-equipped Ritz Kids and Teen clubs.
Plans call for expansive outdoor event spaces with unobstructed views to create ideal settings for hosting memorable gatherings, alongside creative pop-up activations offering seasonal bar and restaurant options. Adventurous activities, such as mountain biking and nature trail hikes, are also being planned for guests to enjoy. Ambassadors of the Environment, a hands-on, educational program developed by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society in collaboration with The Ritz Carlton, is expected to offer programming that highlights the extraordinary natural reserves surrounding the property, striving to encourage guests of all ages to understand how their actions can help preserve natural resources for future generations.
“The success achieved on this project, bringing the legendary Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro, is a result of dedicated work by all parties involved, both from our company, Marriott International, and the Government of Montenegro,” said Mohamed Al Sager, Chairman, Al Yasra. “This is not only a business success, but a personal accomplishment as well. When I first visited Montenegro on holiday, I fell in love with the natural beauty of the country and knew I wanted to be a part of its future development. What began as just a dream has today become a great project on a clear path of execution."
The hotel and residences are planned as part of a mixed-use development that is poised to include sprawling villas, manicured gardens, a yacht club and a sparkling beach cove. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Montenegro, is expected to offer 180 apartments and 48 villas and is scheduled to complete the first phase of construction in 2023, with the final phase scheduled for completion by 2028. Residential sales are slated to begin in 2020.
"Germany is ready to give Montenegro support and assistance in efforts to further improve the environment," it was concluded after a series of meetings were held in Berlin between the Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Pavle Radulovic with representatives of the Bundestag and the ministry.
At a meeting with the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety, Radulovic requested expert assistance, especially for the projects related to the environment and sustainable development.
A ministry delegation led by Radulovic presented the results of the protection of Ulcinj's “Solana” (Salt Plant), and also discussed the conservation of protected sites such as Tara Canyon, Skadar Lake, and national parks.
There was a high degree of agreement on the above issues, with the decision to deepen further cooperation with operational meetings between the two countries' institutions. Radulovic and Minister Schulz noted with satisfaction that the Government's efforts so far have been fruitful and that since the opening of Chapter 27, there has been significant progress, among other things, that “Solana” is now protected both locally and internationally.
At a meeting with the Chairman of the Bundestag Tourism Committee Sebastian Mince Maker and the members of the committee, Radulovic presented the results of the tourism industry, which is improving year by year.
The German side is pleased that an increasing number of their tourists are visiting Montenegro, emphasizing their willingness to cooperate in tourism through the opening of new direct flights between the two countries.
The Minister also met with members of the Working Party on the Environment, Alliance 90 / Greens, as well as with President Zilvia Koting-Ul and members of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Safety of the Bundestag Nuclear Reactors.
Text by Vijesti online, on October 24th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
Several construction companies from Cetinje will participate in a €34.5 million tender to build the part of the road that will connect Cetinje to Niksic.
The Traffic Administration has selected a bid from the company "Briv construction" from Kotor, including several subcontractors, out of the four bids received for the construction of the section from Cetinje to Cevo.
"The long-awaited road construction project that will connect Cetinje to Niksic should finally begin. This has particularly pleased Cetinje's business people because the construction of this road is of the utmost importance and is a prerequisite for a more dynamic development of the area. Some of them will engage in the construction by employing their own construction plant.
The companies 'Vectors', 'Krivokapicinvest' and other construction companies from Cetinje have agreed to cooperate with the selected contractor and believe that by their engagement, they will give their full contribution to this project," stated “Vectors”.
"Vectors" will hire about 60 people, while other companies from Cetinje are expected to hire 40 more.
Illustration (Photo: "Vectors")
About 100 Cetinje citizens will be engaged in this project.
“Vectors” says that this will mean a lot to Cetinje and the whole of Katun Nahija in the further development.
The section of the road from Cetinje to Cevo should be completed in three years.
Text by Promo, on October 24th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The government has approved a proposal for a concession contract for the construction of three small hydropower plants (SHPP) - Crnja, Ljubaštica and Crni potok - located on the Crnja watercourse in the municipality of Kolašin.
The concessionaire with whom the contract is to be signed is the company Dekar, represented by Momcilo Miranovic.
The contract proposal defines the concession to be granted for 29 years.
"The Concessionaire is obliged to pay to the Budget of Montenegro the concession fee established in the tender procedure, which amounts to 10 percent of the sales value of electricity produced annually. The municipality in whose territory the HPP is located shall pay an amount of two percent of the selling value of electricity produced annually for the improvement of the infrastructure, following the bid that is an integral part of this contract.
Text by Marija Mirjacic, on October 24th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
24 October 2019 - According to the new World Bank Report - Doing Business 2020, Montenegro took 50th place on the list of 190 countries ranked using the “ ease of doing business ” criteria. Compared to last year's Report, Montenegro increased its rating for 1.07 points (from 72.73 to 73.8) and maintained the same rank.
Doing Business 2020 is the 17th in a series of annual studies investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies— from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time.
The report covers indicators affecting 12 areas of the life of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, employing workers, and contracting with the government. The indicators are used to analyse economic outcomes and identify what reforms of business regulation have worked, where, and why. Data in Doing Business 2020 are current as of May 1, 2019.
In terms of Montenegro’s ranking, the most significant progress was made in the area of building permits, where Montenegro improved 35 places in the rankings in this area, now reaching the 40th place on the ease of getting a building permit list. In comparison to last year, according to the methodology used by the World Bank, Montenegro significantly reduced the cost and time required to obtain a building permit. Such progress is a confirmation that the World Bank recognizes continuous efforts that Montenegro makes in the area of getting building permits, and above all, the effort to establish a new legal framework in this area, which was achieved in 2017.
Montenegro’s progress has also been evident in the area of cross – border trade. This indicator treats the procedures for import and export. Montenegro has improved six places in the ranking by reducing the time and costs required for import and the costs of export.
In the area of obtaining connections for electricity, Montenegro reduced the necessary time and costs, but the rank remained unchanged.
For other indicators, there was no change in the ratings compared to last year, and corrections in the rank are the result of the intensive reform processes implemented by other countries.
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Traders largely respected the legal norm on introducing non-working Sundays, as a total of three violators, that is, two companies and one entrepreneur, were found in the entire territory of Montenegro within 24 hours, the Inspection Directorate announced.
On Sunday, the Market Inspectorate conducted an inspection to enforce the agreed obligation under the Internal Trade Act that wholesale and retail trade cannot work on Sundays.
“In all three cases, the inspectors charged the company for a fine of EUR 1,000 and a responsible person in the company EUR 200 for the offense committed. For the two companies, the total amount of the fine was 2.4 thousand euros," the statement said.
The entrepreneur was fined 300 euros.
"In addition to the fine for the offense, the inspectors in all three cases closed the shops for the period during which the work was not allowed," the Administration said.
The supervision, they recalled, included all wholesale and retail facilities in all municipalities.
"The surveillance was organized throughout the day and began in the early hours of the night, that is, from Saturday to Sunday, from midnight and lasted 24 hours," the statement said.
All market inspectors were engaged in this supervision, who visited all the shops located on the terrain where they were in charge of.
"The work of the duty inspector was organized at the headquarters of the Market Inspectorate in Podgorica, which received phone reports and answered the citizens' questions during the day," the Administration said.
In Montenegro, October 20th was the first non-working Sunday for employees in the trade sector.
On Sundays and public holidays, the wholesale and retail trade may be carried out in pharmacies, specialty shops or kiosks for the sale of bread, bakery products and cakes, flowers, souvenirs, press, plant protection products or funeral equipment, gas stations and retail stores within the gas stations.
Wholesale and retail trade can also be carried out at green markets, stands - counters, showcases and vending machines outside the markets and mobile shops, kiosks and vending machines located within closed areas of bus and train stations, airports and ports, stands and kiosks which sell goods during events, festivals and manifestations, fairs and during the public display of cinematographic works, as well as warehouses for the wholesale trade.
Specialty shops or kiosks are considered to be shops or kiosks where the sale of mainly one type of goods is carried out.
Text by MINA Business on October 22nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
22 October 2019 - The Gvozd wind farm will be of even better quality than Krnovo, due to its great energy potential as the wind speed reaches 17 meters per second in that area. This wind farm will produce electricity enough to meet the needs of 25.000 households, said Krešimir Čondić, CEO of Austria’s IVICOM Holding GmbH.
Renewable energy resources, as strategic commitment of the Electric Power Company of Montenegro and the Gvozd wind farm project, were considered today in the meeting of the Committee on Energy and Mining.
Only one part of the wind potential of the Krnovo plateau has been used in the construction of the Krnovo wind farm.
Gvozd wind farm is expected to have 54,6 MW and to produce approximately 150 kWh of electricity.
The beginning of the construction is the spring of 2021. Works are expected to take 18 months and the wind farm is expected to become fully operational in autumn of 2022. This investment is worth around 60 million EUR, reports Cafe del Montenegro.
Individual wind generators will have 4230/4430 KW of nominal power.
The future wind farm will require the construction of infrastructure, reconstruction of the existing roads and construction of new ones, with the aim of connecting certain wind aggregates.
"Gvozd will be of great quality, even higher than Krnovo," said Čondić.
Director of the sector of Electricity transmission Jagoš Pupović said that they were considering variants for the optimal solution for connecting Krnovo to the energy system.
Head of development and engineering at Electric Power Company of Montenegro Ivan Mrvaljević acquainted members of the Committee with the renewable energy resources to be valued through some modernization projects and ecological reconstructions. He added that the modernization of hydropower plants represented a very important project. Reconstruction of the oldest plant "Perućica" will increase its installed power by 58,5 MW.
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Growth in production and increased product placement were realized during the tourist season, which is a result of better connectivity between hoteliers and domestic food producers, the Chamber of Agriculture and Food Industry (PKCG) board announced.
Committee secretary Lidija Rmus, who presented information on economic trends, said that the increase in production and increased product placement in the tourist season was partly the result of the realization of the projects Buy Domestic and Domestic Tastes.
"The tourist offer increasingly includes the traditional gastronomic offer of Montenegro when presenting our country," Rmus said.
During the first eight months of this year, the purchase and sale of agricultural, forestry and fishery products amounted to EUR 23.4 million, and is at the same level as last year. By August, 16.1 million liters of milk were purchased, 3.4 percent less, but the production of all milk products increased, which has a positive effect on the financial results of this sector.
According to Monstat, PKCG said food production increased 4.6 percent in eight months and 8.9 percent in beverages.
During the session, it was assessed that the biggest problem faced by the agrarian was the lack of competitiveness of the product. That is why the goal of food producers is to increase the volume of production and the competitiveness of products, which can enable better placement of domestic products, and the business barriers they face in business need to be removed.
Speaking about the investments in agriculture that were completed in the current year, Rmus said that the company “Nase voce” (Our Fruits) has established an apple plantation on 15 hectares in Zupa - Niksic, and plans to build a five-hectare cherry plantation and new apple plantations on an area of 15 ha, as well as the construction of a juice production facility.
"This production will have a significant impact on the substitution of apple imports," Rmus added.
The processing plant with a capacity of about 60 thousand hams (prosciutto) is being built in the company Zrnozit, the construction of a new slaughterhouse in Mesopromet, and a meat processing plant is in the final stage.
She stated that it is significant that the water factory Bjelasica Rada started production again, and in Savnik, within the company, Eko-per Diva, started a new bottling plant. A new 600-ton cold-storage in Plantaze has been put into operation.
In the first eight months, imports of agri-food products amounted to EUR 391 million, with exports amounting to EUR 28.2 million, so the export-import ratio was 7.2 percent. Imports grew by 6.4 percent from the same period last year, and exports are down six percent.
Committee Chairman Milutin Djuranovic said that the drop in the coverage of imports by exports is worrying, because it is not insignificant, so in the coming period, we must work on strengthening the competitiveness even more.
Board member Amela Visnjic from Visnjic Commerce pointed to the problem of extremely high imports of eggs sold as domestic, which creates problems for business people.
Boris Covic from Bonesa advocated greater investment in technology because it is an expensive product and stressed the need to reduce and even eliminate protectionism in all industries.
Nikola Milosevic from Eko-per Diva believes that they need to be more active in selling domestic water in shops and hotels.
"We have to fight for at least 50 percent of the water in the shops to be domestic, which would increase our production by 20 percent," Milosevic said.
He added that 70 percent of imported water is now being sold in stores, and only 30 percent is domestic.
In order to eliminate the constraints that entrepreneurs face in business, it is necessary to work on the amendment of several normative acts that regulate their business. These are laws on companies, labor, excise duties, value-added tax, debt collection, and fiscalisation.
At the session, it was assessed that the implementation of the national campaign for the purchase of domestic products should be continued with the aim of raising consumer awareness and creating an environment for better positioning of Montenegrin products, which will directly contribute to the reduction of imports.
Also, when designing the Agrobudget, through the subsidies, the dairy sector, which faces very strong competition from the region, should be preserved and the quality control of imported products strengthened.
The session announced that IPARD funds are intended to strengthen the capacity of the agricultural sector, make it competitive and comply with EU rules, standards and practices.
General Director of the Directorate for Rural Development, Darko Konjevic, said that during the past year, two public tenders had been issued from IPARD for investments in agricultural holdings and processing capacities, which are underway.
“Through the first IPARD to support farms, by the end of July, 221 contracts worth EUR 13.5 million were signed. Twenty contracts worth 11.9 million were signed in the processing. The realization of investments in processing capacities will open about 80 new and provide security of placements for about seven thousand subcontractors," Konjevic reminded.
At the beginning of September of the current year, a second public invitation from IPARD for investments in processing capacities was launched.
“There is now a new € 15.6 million grant available to domestic processors to support investments to improve production. The sectors of processing of milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, olives, fish and aquaculture, as well as wine production, will be supported," Konjevic added.
The public invitation is open until November 4th. Konjevic announced that this deadline would be extended due to the interest of the businessmen and that at the end of this year, a second public invitation for investment in agriculture would be issued.
Konjevic also announced that another invitation for processing would be issued in the coming year.
Text by MINA Business on October 21st, 2019, read more at Vijesti
Cetinje is the recipient of the Globallocal Award, which is given to the best local communities to create a good environment for entrepreneurship development in Central and Southeastern Europe.
The capital of Cetinje has been informed that the award was presented to the Mayor Aleksander Kascelan at the World Entrepreneurs' Congress, which is being held in Skoplje for the second time.
Kascelan said it was a pleasure to be among the best, especially when prominent experts recognized efforts to develop the local community in the field of entrepreneurship development.
"The reward is coming at the right time. We expect the announcement of the advertisement for the lease of the real estate of the former Obod, an advertisement for tenants of the Business Center is in progress, we are contacted by numerous investors, and in the capital budget we have planned money for the purchase of land on which the famous Lokanda hotel was situated, whose redevelopment, in addition to new hotel and catering facilities, will generate new employment," said Kascelan.
In addition to the capital Cetinje, 14 cities from the region were awarded in this category.
The award was made by an independent International Committee on Globallocal Awards and Recognition, made up of 18 distinguished experts in economics, marketing, commerce, management, finance and entrepreneurship, from nine Central and Southeast European countries.
Text by MINA Business on October 18th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
19 October 2019 - At its recent session, the Assembly Committee on Economy, Finances and Budget supported the Proposal for the Law on Amendments to the Law on Road Traffic. A representative of the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs Dalibor Milošević said that this Proposal stipulated all the documentation drivers should have in their vehicle, including Tax Return proof.
"Until now, the driver was obliged to have only an employment contract. Now, drivers are obliged to have tax return in the vehicle, as a proof of regular payment of contributions," said Milošević.
Field analyses have shown that there is a great number of drivers with fictitious contracts, registered to work 10 or 15 hours a day.
"We are trying to protect a driver as an employee and create a clear picture of the exact number of drivers reported to work in a company. Some companies have 100 registered vehicles and only 50 registered employees," said Milošević.
Member of the Committee Raško Konjević asked why a taxi driver was obliged to have a tax return in his vehicle.
"Will a taxi driver be excluded from traffic in case he has not got his tax return in the car? What happens if I have to go to the airport but I can not because I am not allowed to be in traffic? The problem lies in the fact that we are the only capital in Europe with the catastrophic organization of road traffic," pointed out Konjević.
The session discussed debts of taxi drivers, amounting to over 3 million EUR, writes CdM.
"Taxi drivers owe more than 3 million EUR in taxes," said the president of the Committee Predrag Sekulić.
Member of the Committee Boris Mugoša pointed out that inspection supervision in road traffic should be enhanced.
"We only have three road traffic inspectors in Montenegro. That is alarming," concluded Mugoša,
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