Everything started when the
Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina asked agreement for Your
Yes, the procedure of
appointment was completed at that moment. It took the time because of
necessary checks, coordination etc. After appointment in November 2004,
started preparations for the group of around twenty ambassadors for new
destinations. The preparations took place mostly in Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Sarajevo (one day all together we spent in Banja Luka), and
the others State’s and Entitie’s
Institutions. During the preparations was necessary to familiarize with
the designated country, as well as with organization of work at the
Embassy. The preparations were ended by Final discussion, where the new
appointed ambassador needed to present his concept of work at the coming
mandate. After Final discussion and other necessary technical details
performed, it was possible to move to the destination, where I came at
May 03, 2005.
The Letter of Credence
presented to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on June 12, 2005.
What did Your
Excellency said on
The presentation of the
Letter of Credence for ambassador is the event to remember, especially
if it is for the first time. Fortunately, I did not wait too long for
present the Letter of Credence. The ceremony was organized for eight new
come ambassadors at the United Arab Emirates. On that occasion I gave
the greetings and best wishes for further prosperity of the people and
the President of the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the Presidency
and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and me
personally. I underlined that good bilateral relation, which exist
between our two countries, need to be improved by the visits of high
level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Chiefs of State. Also I
emphasized the importance of economic and partnership relations’
improvement between two countries. By signing the bilateral agreements
it is necessary to make a legal framework for cooperation, followed by
concretized contracts of economical cooperation. I encouraged investors
from the United Arab Emirates to invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the
country which is, for certain, on the way of European integrations. I
have also said that Sheikh Khalifa is always welcome guest in our
The president of the United
Arab Emirates thanked on greetings and good wishes and wanted a
successful work to the Diplomatic mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina in
the United Arab Emirates. He agreed that the visits of highest level are
necessary to straighten existing friendly relationship. He also has
supported the idea that investors from the United Arab Emirates need to
invest in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the benefit of both countries.
Which will be the direction
of activities of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi in
purpose to straighten the bilateral relations of two countries?
We will make effort to
organize the visits of delegations of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the
highest level. The political relations between two countries are very
well, there are no open questions, but it is necessary maintain and
improve existing level of relations. The highest level visit would be
suitable that, along the political discussions, bilateral agreements
could be signed and concrete cooperation agreed.
One of the priorities of
the Embassy activities is to make stronger economical relations. The
legal frameworks of the economical cooperation are the bilateral
agreements. Actually, five bilateral agreements between Bosnia and
Herzegovina and the United Arab Emirates are in different stage of
preparation. Some of them have already been initialed, so the final
negotiation and signing are necessary to be performed. Certainly, the
agreements themselves are not enough, because the contacts of
businessmen of two countries are the most important. There are many ways
to make these contacts, as official visits, promotions, exhibitions,
personal contacts etc. The UAE market is very competitive and choosy, so
it is necessary to put great effort to find our place on it, especially
because of the reason that our actual presence in this market is minor.
The significant result could not be achieved without strong
advertisement and well prepared programs. We also have to take in
consideration that we have no the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina is presented by the Embassy of the
United Arab Emirates in Rome, Italy), so we are on disposal of UAE
businessmen for any kind of information of the Bosnia and Herzegovina
economy. We will try to present to the potential investors from UAE
possibilities of investment in our country, including the ongoing
We could not forget the
others aspects of cooperation. Our country has a very rich cultural and
historical heritage, which we are going to use to straighten cultural
relations of two countries. We will use any possibility for
representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina to participate in numerous
cultural manifestations at the United Arab Emirates, as well as that the
representatives of the UAE visit cultural manifestations in our country.
There are here several eminent sportsmen from our country, especially in
football. They are the excellent connection for improve cooperation in
sports, promoters of our sport and in same time of our country.
We are trying to make
connections of scientific and educational institutions of two countries.
We consider as very important cooperation of our Universities with the
institutions of High Education from UAE.
In contacts with local
businessmen we are making efforts to present the tourist possibilities
of our country, in purpose that more people from here visit Bosnia and
Herzegovina and learn about beauty of its nature and possibilities in
the field of tourism.
All these forms of
cooperation are valuable promotion of our country in the UAE and would
support development and improvement of the bilateral relations between
these two countries.
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the United Arab Emirates?
Our Diaspora, according to
the estimates of the Embassy, has around 300 people. Mostly, they are
working and living in Dubai and less number in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. At
the other Emirates they are very few. It’s a matter of mostly highly
educated persons as doctors, engineers, then sportsmen, coaches etc.
Many of them are here for more than ten years. Some of them made their
own business and they are very successful. They are very important
connection with local businessmen.
The cooperation of the
Embassy with our Diaspora so far is very good. We are making effort to
meet the needs of our citizens, to be flexible maximally, but according
to the current laws and our modest financial resources.