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UK firms urged to forge links with Serbia

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BRITISH FIRMS interested in Serbian reconstruction work should not hesitate in travelling to the war torn state, it was claimed this week.

The call came from retired Ove Arup director Jim Morrish on his return from a seven day visit to Serbia. He said companies from Germany, Italy, France and Russia were already 'very active' in negotiating reconstruction work, which has been valued at £19bn.

'The opportunities are there for us to catch up - companies from other countries are not that far ahead and there is plenty of work,' he added.

Morrish claimed he had been given a warm reception by Serbian engineers.

'Despite the bombing they still hold us in quite high regard and there was no antagonism,' he said.

A national agency for reconstruction has developed a detailed inventory of the bomb damage and a priority programme for reconstruction. But the amount of work which can be funded will hinge on the United Nations' interpretation of humanitarian schemes.

Morrish is set to present the findings of his visit to the Department of Trade and Industry backed Kosovo reconstruction taskforce in September.

See www.dti.gov.uk/ots/kosovo/

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