Port Governance Agency and UNDP join efforts for Local Development of East Serbia

Dec 23, 2016

Danube river flowing through Donji Milanovac

Port Governance Agency Director ad interim, Mr. Vuk Perović and Deputy Resident Representative at UNDP Serbia, Ms. Steliana Nedera, signed the agreement that marks the beginning of the project "Local Development of East Serbia through Increase of Tourism Revenue“.

The main goal of the project is to promote tourism in East Serbia, but at the same time, to support development of the inland navigation through development of cruise tourism. Additionally, a special emphasis is placed on development of the local water transport.

The project envisages that the Danube river will connect Belgrade and six other cities and municipalities in East Serbia: Smederevo, Kostolac, Veliko Gradište, Golubac, Donji Milanovac and Kladovo. This creates a fine tourist offer of six cultural heritage sites and could be easily titled “Museum on the Danube“.

Ms. Nedera commended the join initiative of the Port Governance Agency and UNDP stressing that Serbia has vast river tourism potential. She added that plans for all six cities and municipalities will be developed over the course of 2017, to ensure the best possible realization of the project, given its significance.

Perović thanked UNDP for all the support and for recognizing the need to promote East Serbia, both to the local and foreign tourists. In the next period, he noted, the Agency would devotedly work on the promotion of the ports. Given that three international rivers flow through Serbia and that there are vast possibilities for development of passengers and freight transportation, he emphasized: „This is the key agreement the Agency has signed because it opens up opportunities for other similar projects we plan for the north of Serbia. Our goal is to work together on development of all parts of Serbia.“