The September 4 Washington agreement marks a milestone by turning the focus from politics toward the economic development and opening new jobs which contribute to the regional stability, the US President Donald Trump's special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Serbia Antony Godfrey, the US International Finance Corporation (DFC) executive director Adam Bohler and the heads of Serbia and Kosovo chambers of commerce Marko Cadez and Berat Rukiqi agree in Belgrade on Tuesday.
Grenell told reporters that what "we did in Washington loos great, and it is great, but the job is not finished. Let Serbia's people hold us responsible since the words on the paper are not enough as long as new jobs are created, and the families in the region stay here and open a road to new families."
On Monday, Grenell and others had met in Pristina before coming to Belgrade.
He added that "we are here only because (the US President) Donald Trump believed in the private sector and put the economy and new jobs as priorities."
"Serbia's people have got many promises, and we want them to see us responsible for this… We believe in the power of the private sector; we have people like Adam Bohler, who came from the private sector and brought innovations. A government should realise how an economy could flourish. A government doesn't create new jobs; the private sector does it," Grenell said.
Godfrey added that today's meeting was a signal of the strength of Washington's agreement signed at the White House, adding Belgrade and Pristina delegations "came here to improve trade, communications and living standard of the people in the region."
Cadez added an action team has been formed, "not Pristina and Belgrade separately, but a joint team," which will deal with the implementation of the topics signed in Washington.
Rukiqi said that “after a long time, we can talk about business in Pristina and Belgrade, after political issues flooded us and did not bring any benefit to the region, did not open new jobs.”
Bohler said that "if we empower the economic sector, as we have done today, this region will trigger the private sector."