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Reversing decline

Serbia has so far made good only 10% of the damage to bridges inflicted by Nato and 15% of damage to the electric power infrastructure, tackling projects that were either essential or lowest cost. Over a decade of chronic neglect has taken a severe toll on the rest of Serbia's energy and power supply, water, road, rail and air transport infrastructures. In addition to the $3bn worth of repair needed to structures damaged by Nato, G17+ calculates $6bn investment in infrastructure is needed.

Getting to work on major infrastructure projects is essential not just for the physical fabric of Serbia. The country's economic exhaustion has resulted in close to 50% unemployment and average wages of $28-$36 a month. A boom in the construction sector is needed to provide jobs, raise earnings and to improve the nation's standard of living.

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