Makarevic left BiH at the beginning of the month and performed all the consular procedures due to the appointment to the new function as the Ambassador of BiH to Norway. King of Norway Harald V already signed an agreement for Makarevic, who will cover Iceland as a non-residential ambassador as well.
He was the Ambassador of BiH to Pakistan since 2013 and Afghanistan since 2014, and he said that Pakistan is totally different from Norway and the lifestyle in Scandinavia.
“Norway is a completely different story from Pakistan. It is a country that announced that it has more than a billion USD in its pension fund a month ago, which means that to each Norwegian (about five million of them) belongs almost 200,000 USD per capita, which represents a very high level, and we must focus on what we can offer to the Norwegians. We can offer services in terms of wood industry, labor, and there is even a great potential for agricultural products because they are focused on organic diet,” noted Ambassador Makarevic.
According to him, BiH can offer its tourist beauties to the Norwegians and better introduce them to our domestic content.
Makarevic feels optimistic about his mandate when it comes to this Scandinavian country, especially considering a large number of citizens of BiH who live there.
“I want BiH to be noted in the eyes of Norwegians during my mandate and to be current in every term,” he stated.
“Our diaspora is a great treasure that our country has, but it needs to stop with assimilation, and that is our big problem that we really have to resolve. Embassy should work on bringing our people in the diaspora closer to the country of their origin. Every ambassador has his own way of work, some of them focus more on economic diplomacy, some of them more on the work with the diaspora, and in an ideal scenario, everything should be covered,” concluded Ambassador Makarevic.