On Friday, 31 January 2020, the Association of Serbian Banks, with the support of the European Fund for Southeast Europe(EFSE), organised a free course in economic journalism, which gathered journalists from all parts of Serbia. The aim of the course was to improve and strengthen the journalists’ aptitude in the field of economic journalism, through interactive lectures of prominent and experienced economic experts and journalists.
Before the seminar commenced, the attendees had the opportunity to hear some opening remarks from Ms Slađana Sredojević, PhD, Head of the ASB Bank Training Centre, Mr Nikola Petrović, from Finance in Motion, a local partner of EFSE, and Mr Vladimir Vasić, Secretary General of the Association of Serbian Banks.
During the first part of the seminar, the gathered journalists from Belgrade, Novi Sad, Loznica, Šabac and Vranje attended a lecture on fiscal policies by Mr Vladimir Vučković, PhD, member of the Fiscal Council of the Republic of Serbia. Prof. Nebojša Savić, PhD, member of the Council of the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, provided an interesting and dynamic overview of the basics of monetary policies, followed by a professor from the Singidunum University, with many years of experience in the banking sector, Prof. Lidija Barjaktarović, who presented a lecture on the financial system, financial institutions and financial stability. The second part of the course was dedicated to crosschecking facts in economic journalism and the importance of reliable sources, as well as to the key “commandments” of economic journalism.
This course aimed towards economic journalists was just a segment of the intensified activities that the Association of Serbian Banks has been launching with the view of improving the financial education of different parts of the population.