On 26 December e-Kapija published an interview with Sonja Babić – Lythgoe, Halifax managing director. You can read it here.
This year, Halifax decided not to send the usual New Year greetings to its clients and partners. While these are just nominal gifts of little value other than the attention and respect they show, the number of them is growing so large that in total they represent a tidy sum that we thought could be better used.
We decided to use it to support LICEULICE, an organisation that works for the social inclusion of marginalised groups. It does an excellent job under difficult circumstances, and we encourage you to support it too.
You can read more about LICEULICE and efforts to help it survive and thrive at:
On Friday, 17 April, NALED’s Assembly selected new Managing and Supervisory Boards for the following two years. Their task is to lead Alliance initiatives for improving the business environment and strengthening the competitiveness of Serbia on its path to the European Union. As Chair of the Ethics Committee, David Lythgoe was tasked with observing the voting and vote count, and presenting the results.
The voting was followed by a ceremonial event, attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Administration and Local Government Kori Udovički, Head of EU Delegation Michael Davenport, U.S. Ambassador Michael Kirby and Ambassador of Austria Johannes Eigner.
Halifax’ project Strengthening Consumer Protection in Serbia has been assisting the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Services (now and Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications) for the past two years. The project has helped in drafting the new law that has just been adopted.
Consumer rights are an integral part of the EU’s internal market, and their strengthening is one of the things that is needed to prepare Serbian companies to be competitive in the EU. The new law will go a long way towards this.
See more on ekapija: http://www.ekapija.com/website/sr/page/919605
This job involved both of Halifax’ sectors, consulting and translation. The final forum for the cross-border cooperation project between Pirot and Montana took place at the end of March 2014. Business people from these two towns met to examine ways of smoothing the exchange of goods and services across the border. Halifax provide 4 speakers whose presentations covered important themes, from available EU funds, to clustering and cooperation between local governments and local business, to free zones and their advantages, with the details of the Pirot free zone. Moderation of this 2 day forum was also our task, which was successfully carried out together with the representatives of Pirot municipality.
Sonja Babić-Lythgoe (right) moderates the Pirot-Montana forum
As a part of this project, we translated more than 400 pages of legal and financial documentation, that will help businesses to make better use of the possibilities of cross-border cooperation.
NALED held its annual General Meeting. Halifax is a member of NALED, an organisation that brings together the public, private and civil sectors to promote the establishment of good conditions for doing business in Serbia. It has been particularly successful in drawing attention to regulations that hinder businesses for no good reason, issuing its Grey Book, of regulations that should be changed or scrapped.
Halifax partner David Lythgoe was invited by NALED to chair a new ethics committee. He addressed the NALED AGM on the subject (see the address below). Consistent with its values, Halifax believes that integrity in doing business is a necessary condition for economic development, and we hope this new initiative can help raise awareness on the issue.
What is your interpretation of the term “business-friendly municipality”?
David Lythgoe: A business-friendly municipality is one that combines high service levels at realistic, transparent tariffs with low taxes and administrative burdens. Continue reading