How one project could change a coun­try

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

PODGORICA — Mon­tene­gro needs to build a strate­gic high­way to fur­ther open up and mod­ern­ize the coun­try, said Ve­selin Vukotic, a for­mer min­is­ter and cur­rently rec­tor of Mon­tene­gro’s youngest pri­vate uni­ver­sity, in a re­cent in­ter­view.

“With­out dis­pute, the high­way is a fun­da­men­tal in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­ity that cre­ates con­di­tions for the open­ing and mod­ern­iza­tion of Mon­tene­gro,” said Vukotic, who was also an econ­o­mist be­fore co-estab­lish­ing the pri­vate Uni­ver­sity of Donja Gor­ica.

Bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture could also boost the num­ber of vis­i­tors to the coun­try, Vukotic said, adding: “Now Mon­tene­gro has about one mil­lion tourists a year. That num­ber can be much larger.”

Mon­tene­gro is build­ing a 41-kilo­me­ter long sec­tion of high­way, the first phase of a planned 180-km one, the coun­try’s big­gest in­fra­struc­ture project de­signed to link the south­ern port of Bar to its north­ern neigh­bor Ser­bia.

“The idea of the high­way was not cre­ated un­der any ex­ter­nal pres­sure. It is an ex­pres­sion of a strate­gic vi­sion of the de­vel­op­ment of Mon­tene­gro,” said Vukotic.

“The high­way con­nects two end­points in Mon­tene­gro —

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