On that occasion, Mayor Bakić pointed out that the Free Zone is of strategic importance for the city of Subotica. He reminded that it covers an area of slightly more than 72 hectares, that nine companies operate in the Free Zone regime and that outside the Zone regime, within the “Mali Bajmok” Industrial Zone, the company “Gordon”, popular “Chalcedonia”, still functions.
– We had a conversation with the management of the Freedom Zone, led by the director, we touched on many topics, we specifically raised two topics that we will address in the coming period. – said Mayor Bakić.
He stated that the tour of the production facilities of the company “Ametek” together with the management of this company was an opportunity to thank each other for the cooperation so far.
– What I can say on behalf of the city is that the company ‘Ametek’, which currently employs about 450 people with a tendency to expand production, owes great gratitude for everything it has done in the previous period, given the circumstances of the past year and a half. They did not stop production, they worked at a reduced intensity and now they are returning to the situation before the pandemic. We touched on future cooperation and talked about its improvement. I would like to thank once again for the cooperation so far and emphasize that the city doors are wide open not only for ‘Ametek’ but also for all other companies operating within the Free Zone, in the Industrial Zone ‘Mali Bajmok’, emphasized Mayor Bakić.
Nenad Ivanišević said that the Free Zone is one of the main generators of employment not only in the territory of the city of Subotica, but also in the entire AP of Vojvodina.
– What is important is the fact that the Free Zone gives almost seven million euros a year to the budget of the city of Subotica, to employ more than 6,400 people and to generate housing development in this city. We got acquainted with the work and plans of the Free Zone and agreed that the departmental assistant for agriculture will be a member of the working group that will, together with the leadership of the Free Zone, develop a new strategy for its future activities and development. From our side, the Free Zone will, as before, because the Provincial Government is partly its founder, have absolute support in future development and in solving all the needs that arise in the future. – Nenad Ivanišević pointed out.
Expressing gratitude to Mayor Stevan Bakić and Provincial Secretary Nenad Ivanišević for today’s visit, the director of the Subotica Free Zone Management Company, Sasa Gravorac, said that today’s visit was the first step in establishing stronger and lasting cooperation between the City, Province and Subotica Free Zone.
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– This is very important, especially considering the importance of the Free Zone, as the driving force of the economy of the city of Subotica – said Saša Gravorac.
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