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When Cornell comes to Cavtat

We don’t usually like to blow our own trumpet at Euromoney, but our Regional finance and investment conference for south east Europe, now in its seventh year and still going strong, is without doubt one of the landmark shindigs in the region. And not just for the sun-drenched charms of the ridiculously picturesque fishing village of Cavtat in Croatia.

If you want to spot the future political stars of the region, it’s definitely the place to be in October. This year’s event proved no exception. In past years it has often been Serbia’s Mladjan Dinkic, recently crowned Euromoney’s finance minister of the year, who has been the star turn and this year he put in another bravura performance at the ministers’ panel.

But even one-time Cornell University visiting scholar Dinkic struggled to wrestle the limelight away from Macedonia’s minister for foreign investment, Gligor Tashkovich, himself a Cornell alumnus.

Sporting a natty bowtie and an accent that owed much more to Manhattan than Macedonia, Tashkovich reeled off more quotable sound bites in a minute than some politicians manage in an entire lifetime. We look forward to visiting Skopje and finding out the reality of the "new business heaven in Europe" that Tashkovich promoted so memorably.

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