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Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2018
Leadership | Economics | Synergies
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece
Nationality : Bosnia-Herzegovina

Ms. Zeljka Cvijanovic

Prime Minister, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Speaker at Session/7: Higher Education – Business Innovation, June 1st 2018


Ms. Zeljka Cvijanovic born in Teslic in 1967. She graduated from Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, acquiring further academic specializations at the University of Banja Luka – Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Law. She holds a degree in English language and literature, as well as master’s degree in the field of diplomatic and consular law.

She started her professional career as Professor of English language and literature, followed by several years of experience working with the European Union Mission in BiH.

After being named an Advisor to the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska for European integration and cooperation with international organizations, she was selected to lead Republika Srpska Coordination and European Integration Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister.

While serving as the Chief of Staff to the Republika Srpska Prime Minister, she was also voted an external expert member to the Republika Srpska National Assembly Committee for European Integration and Regional Cooperation.

In 2011. she was appointed Republika Srpska Minister of Economic Affairs and Regional Cooperation.

Ms. Cvijanovic was elected Republika Srpska Prime Minister twice – for the first time in March 2013 and for another term starting December 2014.

She is married and mother of two children.


The Republic of Srpska: Building a path for information society

- One of primary objectives of the Government of the Republic of Srpska is the education system reform and its adjustment to the needs and demands of the labor market, formation and training of such occupational profiles that would be able to respond to the needs of a modern, digital society and economy. The measures which the Government is taking in this direction represent the pledge for the future and development of the Republic of Srpska as a modern society based on contemporary technologies and dynamic economic growth.

- With the ever increasing opening of the economy, as well as of public administration toward modern digital technologies, the conditions are being created for better business environment and stronger influx of domestic and foreign investments which would result in more dynamic business activities and continuous economic growth as demonstrated by the macroeconomic parameters in the Republic of Srpska in the past several years.

- Enhanced connectivity of the economies in the region and constant know-how exchange with stronger linking-up of their development and innovation capacities does not only represent the necessity but the only path for upgrading of their competitiveness in the contemporary globalized world.