Getting Stronger after COVID-19?

19  May 2021    10:00 am CEST

Nearshoring Potential in the Western Balkans


This is an online event via Zoom. Please register using the link below.


The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown global supply chains into disarray, decimating foreign direct investment and generating uncertainty unlike anything seen since World War II. In our new study, ‘Getting Stronger after COVID-19: Nearshoring Potential in the Western Balkans’, we investigate whether Western Balkan economies can benefit from possible restructuring of international production after the pandemic, and what can be done to benefit fully from these potential changes. The main findings of the study will be presented in this online event by some of its co-authors.

The study was prepared in cooperation with the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Albania, the Foreign Trade Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, the Western Balkans six Chamber Investment Forum, the Chamber Partnership Western Balkans, and Germany Trade and Invest. It was financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany).


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The panel

Olga van Zijverden is coordinating the “Chamber Partnership Western Balkans”. She holds a Masters Degree in European Studies and has previously worked on various publicly funded projects for European Institutions and German Federal Ministries.


Sophia Kluge works at the Chamber Partnership Western Balkans project, supporting the WB6 chambers of commerce in strengthening their regional network. She has Master’s degrees in Sociology and South-East European Studies and has worked particularly in the fields of education policy, social inclusion and development cooperation in the Western Balkans.

Tatjana Sterjova Duskovska is the Secretary General of the Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum. She has more than 10 years of experience in the Economic Chamber of North Macedonia. She holds a PhD in law.

Branimir Jovanovic is an Economist at wiiw, covering the Western Balkans. He has carried out applied economic research projects on a wide range of topics. He was an adviser to the Minister of Finance of North Macedonia between 2017 and 2019 and was a researcher at the Central Bank of North Macedonia between 2007 and 2015. He holds a PhD from the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’.

Richard Grieveson (Chair) is Economist and Deputy Director at wiiw. His research focus includes Turkey and the Balkans, CESEE country analysis and forecasting, migration, economic history, and sovereign risk.