The Summit 100 forum of business leaders and politicians from Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Croatia  has concluded today. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held a press conference with Prime Ministers of Albania and Montenegro, Edi Rama and Duško Marković, and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdić to conclude the forum.

Zaev remarked, “The region’s growth and development in the future will be produced through the private sector…We’ve encouraged all participating businessmen, over 150, to invest more in the region, to open new jobs, to increase the GDP of the region, which has to be over 5% if we want to join the European Union.”

Zvizdić added, “We (national governments of the Western Balkans) should aim at integrating the countries in the region themselves, and such, the integrated region will strive towards European integration. It’s the duty of our governments.”

Meanwhile, Albanian PM Edi Rama was pressed as to what he told ethnic Albanian local politicians ahead of their October 29th runoff elections. Rama asserted that the meeting had nothing to do with the elections and that “Albania and myself have nothing to do with them. Elections are organized in Macedonia, our neighbor and friend.” (Republika)