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19. May 2014.
Inaugural Meeting of the Anti-Illicit Trade Committee
FIC organized first, inaugural meeting of the newly established Anti-Illicit Trade Committee on May 19 at the FIC premises. Amongst others, key items on the agenda included elections of Committee Chairmen and defining Committee programme for the 2014-2015 period. The meeting was very well attended since around 20 companies and individuals were present at the meeting to provide support to the formation of this portal.
Earlier, FIC member JTI launched the initiative for the formation of this Committee, citing following as main goals: Identify and represent common interests in fighting illicit trade before the state authorities, public institutions and other third parties; launch and participate in initiatives aimed at legislation or policy changes; improve the enforcement of the relevant legislation in force and decrease the level of illicit trade; and enhance cooperation with the Government bodies and other relevant stakeholders in charge of law enforcement and fighting illicit trade. Main activities would be assisting Government and other relevant stakeholders with information and know-how, proposing solutions for overcoming the existing obstacles in fighting illicit trade and raising awareness about its impact on both the economy and public finances. Since, majority of companies face this problem, the initiative was supported by 25 companies that showed interest to participate in its work. Subsequently the establishment was endorsed by FIC Board of Directors.
We are happy to publicize that on the meeting held on May 19th, the Anti-Illicit Trade Committee elected leadership whose mandates would last for two upcoming years - till year 2016. Goran Pekez from JT International a.d. Senta was elected as a Committee's President while Irena Smiljanic from Mondelez d.o.o. Beograd was elected as a Committee's Vice President. Since the roles of the President and Vice President are crucial for the efficient work of the committee, the FIC BoD and Executive Office express appreciation and acknowledge the readiness of both Goran and Irena and companies they represent - JT International a.d. Senta and Mondelez d.o.o., to invest additional efforts and take on these roles.
Goran Pekez was born on 10th of October 1975 in Obrenovac, Serbia. He received his BA in International Law from Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, and MBA in International Business from the Business School of the University of Leeds, UK. Master's dissertation was based on practical work in area of Management of Intellectual Property with Johnson&Johnson Group. As of May 2003 Mr. Pekez is working with JT International (JTI), Switzerland, member of Japan Tobacco Inc., as Corporate Affairs and Communications Director in charge of Adriatic region (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia). During his work with JTI, Mr. Pekez was engaged in acquisition of factory in Senta, Serbia, opening of business operations and offices in Albania, Croatia and Macedonia, (vice) chaired a number of committees in FIC and Amcham. He was also Executive Director of Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Serbia. Before joining JTI he was working with Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina as Legal Officer in charge of Economic Development in the cabinet of Amb. Henry Lee Clarke. During this period he participated in some of the major investment projects in the country providing full spectrum of legal advice (drafting contracts, registering companies and consortiums, analyzing legal compliance requirements, etc.), as well as coordinated drafting of new legislation system that was internationally perceived as the exemplary for the Western Balkans.
Irena Smiljanic, Senior Analyst Product Supply EAM, Mondelez d.o.o. Beograd. Irena has joined Mondelez d.o.o. Beograd on the 1st of April 2008. She started in Logistic department covering import, co-packing processes, warehousing areas for East Adriatic Market (countries of Former republic of Yugoslavia and Albania). She was also responsible for lobbying with Government, food safety, communication with laboratories. She went through different phases in Logistics Department, from position of Logistics Analyst to Analyst Customs Management & Co-Packing Projects EAM. Irena was promoted to a position of Senior Analyst Product Supply on the 1st of April 2012, with new area of responsibilities: ensuring execution of Finished Goods Sourcing and Replenishment, ensure excellence in execution of Projects related to Finished Goods (for Product Changes of agreed Product Range and projects management in cooperation with relevant cross functional departments, factories and suppliers in different countries/cultural environment, with ensuring project targets are achieved taking everyone's interest into account). During 2012 she was responsible for Brand protection and Consumer Complaints. Irena's main responsibilities are ensuring favourable business environment through associations and direct interaction with decision-makers, focusing on the area of customs / trade inspection, through lobbying with Customs and other Government Authorities to ensure proper flow and availability of finished goods through actively working and dealing with non-conforming imports, raising awareness within authorities towards high quality expectations for Mondelez products while having consumer relations and rights on first place, improving Importing Procedures & processes for Mondelez in Serbia, represent Mondelez in trade organizations, such as e.g. FIC, AmCham, Naled, Government focus groups, etc. She has university degree of Faculty of Business in Service.