Association for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
of Southeast European Countries

HomeBylaws | Managing bodies | Publications | History Home
Home Home


SEED launches the Balkan Herbal Business Forum

Introductory notes

The International Finance Corporation through SEED is committed to help rebuild what was once a thriving and important industry in Southeast Europe.

The Herbal Business Forum that SEED is.comanising in Portoroz (Sept 17-19 2001) will be the first time in recent years that all the stakeholders involved in this sector will have an opportunity to sit together to map out the future of the herbal industry in the region of Southeast Europe. Most of the leading regional and exporters will attend alongside some of Western Europe’s most important manufacturers and importers. We hope this meeting will help create a platform from which to launch a number of long term initiatives designed to redevelop this sector in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner.

South East Europe has for centuries been a producer and consumer of medicinal plants and herbal medicines. The varied climate and geography of the region enables a vast array of temperate and Mediterranean plants to be grown.

A rich medical and engineering tradition has moreover encouraged the manufacturing of a wide range of phytomedicines, perfumes and cosmetic products. During the 1970s and 80s the former Yugoslavia supplied medicinal and aromatic products to a host of leading Western European, American and Soviet companies.

Political upheavals in recent times has severely disrupted herbal manufacturing and trade within the region. Some of the most important medicinal plants are endangered due to overharvesting and lack of appropriate environmental legislation. Through this Forum SEED wants to promote fresh thinking and help reintegrate the regions herbal producers into the mainstream of Western Europe’s herbal industry.

Southeast Europe Enterprise Development is a multi-donor initiative managed by the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation and designed to support SME (small and medium enterprise) development and improve the overall environment for SME growth and competitiveness in the region. The international Finance Corporation, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, manages SEED on behalf of its donors through the WB Small and Medium Enterprise Department.

Conference program

Sunday 16th September

18.00 - 21.00

Early registration


Welcome snack

Monday 17th September

08.00 - 09.00

Further registration

09.00 - 09.15

Welcome Address - Purpose and vision of the Forum (Mariann Kurtz, General Manager SEED / IFC, Washington DC)

09.15 - 09.25

Local welcome address (Representative of the Government of Slovenia)

09.30 - 10.25

Prospects and problems of developing the herbal industry in South Eastern Europe: A view from Western Europe (L. Denzil Phillips & Dragana Vilinac, Herb industry advisors to SEED, Denzil Phillips International, London, UK)

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.00

Balkan herbs: Past, present and future – with special reference to the work of AMAPSEEC (Mihailo Ristić, IMPR Dr Josif Pančić, Beograd, FR Yugoslavia)

11.00 - 11.30

Global sourcing of botanical raw materials – with special reference to South East Europe (Alfred Zink, Purchasing Manager, Martin Bauer Gmbh, Vesten-bergsgreuth, Germany)

11.35 - 12.05

Alkaloid – A case study of sustainable business development (Ms Nada Pop-Stefanova, Alkaloid AD, Skopje, Macedonia)

12.05 - 12.35

Bionorica – A case study of sustainable business development (Dr Irene Gohler, Product, Research & Quality Assurance Department, Bionorica Gmbh, Neumarkt, German)

12.40 - 13.40

Lunch Break

13.45 - 14.15

Structure and future of the Italian market of medicinal and aromatic plants (Dr Carlo Sessa, President Italian Herbal Products Association (ASSOERBE) Milan, Italy)

14.20 - 14.50

Prospects and problems of marketing herbs from Albania with special reference to the US market (Representative of the Albaflor, Tirana, Albania & Rob McCaleb, President Herb Research Foundation, Boulder, USA)

14.55 - 15.25

Functional foods, dietary supplements and the role of EHPM (Dr Anthony Bush, President European Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) Brussels, Belgium)

15.30 - 16.00

Tea Break

16.30 - 16.55

Quality control measures for phytomedicines in Southeast Europe (Dr Tamara Bosnić, Institute for Drug Quality Control, Ministry of Health, BiH)

16.35 - 17.05

The impact of regulatory changes on the EU market for herbal medicines (Mr Tankred Wegener, Consultant and external expert for European Scientific Cooperative on Phytomedicine (ESCOP), Germany)


Press briefing


Buffet supper hosted by SEED/IFC - Cultural program

Tuesday 18th September

09.00 - 09.25

Trends in the market for.comanic medicinal herbs with special reference to the Good Harvesting Practices (Mike Brook, Managing Director, Organic Herb Trading Ltd, Milverton, England)

09.30 - 09.55

Ecological Production of medicinal plants on family farms in Bosnia Herzgovina (Nedeljko Kusturić, “GM” Banja Luka, BiH)

10.00 - 10.25

Domestication of wild harvested medicinal plants. The ABOCA experience. (Dr Andrea Primavera, Aboca Research, Pistrino di Citerna, Italy)

10.30 - 11.15

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30

Prospects and problems of the production of medicinal plants in Croatia (Boris Filipaj, President of the Croatian Association of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants)

11.35 - 12.05

In situ and ex situ conservation of medicinal plants in Slovenia with special reference to the MEDPLANT database. (Dr Janko Rode, Institute for Hop Research and Brewing, Slovenia)

12.05 - 12.35

Environmental problems affecting the cultivation and collection of medicinal plants in Bosnia. (Professor Sulejman Redžić, University of Sarajevo, Dept. of Biology)

12.40 - 14.00

Lunch break




14.00 - 15.30







Leader: Samir Beširević

Leader: Sanela Pašić





Endangered plants & fragile regions

Improving funding prospects


Why Environmental Impact Assessment?

The investors’ viewpoint


Good Harvesting Practices

Sources of assistance

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee break




16.00 - 17.30







Leader: Denzil Phillips

Leader: Anthony Bush





Improving quality and efficacy

Role of the State in herbal medicine


Market Information and promotion

EU Harmonization


Potentials for value addition

Certification and drugs control


Gala Dinner


Wednesday 19th September

09.00 - 09.20

Presentation of workshop session A1 Environmental Issues

09.25 - 09.45

Presentation of workshop session B1 Investment Finance

09.50 - 10.10

Presentation of workshop session A2 Marketing and trade

10.15 - 10.35

Presentation of workshop session B2 Regulatory Framework

10.35 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.40

Round up panel discussions (Special session leaders)

11.45 - 12.15

Developing an action plan for the future (Special session leaders)

12.15 - 12.30

Closing remarks

12.30 - 13.30



Depart for field visits


Return from field visits

Bulgaria Germany
Mr. Philippe Rombaut, Soros Mr. Alfred Zink, Martin Bauer
  Ms. Brigit Boor, Bioherba
Italy Mrs. Irina Gohler, Bionorica
Mrs. Andrea Primavera, Aboca Mr. Klaus Duerbeck, Duerbeck Consulting/GTZ
Mr. Carlo Sessa, Carlo Sessa Mr. Tankred Wegener, Tankred Wegener
Dr Paolo Manzoni, Indena  
Mr. Michele Bernelli, Erboristeria Domani Greece
Dr Peter Grieffee, FAO Mr. G.come Koukouzelis, NBG
Sweden United Kingdom
Mr. Staffan Herrstrom, SIDA Mr. Anthony Bush, EUROPAM
  Mr. Mike Brook, Organic Herb Trading
Mr. Markus Stern, SIPPO USA
Dr Franziska Staubli Asobayire, SIPPO Mr. Peter Neame, IFC-CTESR
  Mr. Rob McCaleb, Herb Research Foundation
International Institutions  
Mr. Olivier Descamps, EBRD SEEC Albania
  Mr. Enver Guga, AlbDuCros
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Sazan Celiku, AlbDuCros
Ms. Elvira Kovac-Bešović, Farmacija Mr. Filip Gjoka, FILIPI Co.
Mr. Salko Pasic, BOLETUS Binjezevo Mr. Ibrahim Myftaraj, ALBAFLOR
Mr. Samir Medanhodžić, FARMAMED Mr. Llukan Tase, ALBAFLOR
Ms. Sejla Bašić, KLAS Sarajevo Dr L. Xhuveli, Unversity of Tirana
Mr. Hajrudin Mujagić, KLAS Sarajevo Mr. Skerdi Kostreci
Ms. Dragana Pećanac, GTZ Dr Gjok Gjoni, Gjoni SHPK
Dr Sulejman Redžić, University of Sarajevo Mrs. Paquze Gjoni, Gjoni SHPK
Mr. Esref Čelik, UPI Sarajevo Mr. Robert Pavaci, IFDC Project
Mr. Smajo Bešlija, UPI Sarajevo Mr. Preng Cupi, Cupi Shpk Lezha
Mr. Dragan Čomić, Ljekobilje  
Mr. Michael Fitzgibbon, ECON Croatia
Mr. Armin Glamoc, ECON Mr. Tomo Kurbanović, AGRISTAR Osijek
Mr. Radovan Anđelić, Andjelić Mr. Marijan Bajsar, DUHANPRODUKT
Mrs. Radmila Anđelić, Andjelić Ms. Jasna Nemčević, Jan Spider
Mr. Stipe Jukić, Roing Mr. Nikola Nemčević, Jan Spider
Mr. Nedeljko Kusturić, GM Banja Luka Ms. Katica Suban, SUBAN
Ms. Tamara Bosnić, Drug Quality Control Institute Mr. Milan Suban, SUBAN
  Mr. Boris Filipaj, BIOAROMATICA
Macedonia Ms. Nevenka Kovač MD, BELUPO Koprivnica
Ms. Elizabeta Markoska Goluža, JAKA 80 d.d. Radoviš Slovenia
Ms. Gordana Trendovska Serafimovska, JAKA 80 d.d. Radoviš Mr. Janko Rode, Hop/Brewing Inst. Zalec
Ms. Dobrinka Trajanovska, Gradski APTEKI Ms. Mirjam Milharcic, KRKA Novo Mesto
Ms. Nada Pop-Stefanova, ALKALOID Mr. Dusan Poberaj, DROGA Portoroz
Mr. Pavle Kolovski, Koro Konimeks Ms. Alenka Cepak, LEK Ljubljana
Mr. Viktor Kolovski, Koro Konimeks Ms. Katarina Jamnik, LEK Ljubljana
  Mr. Bojan Skoda, Ministry of Economy
Yugoslavia Mr. Janko Dover, Dover Process Equipment
Dr Borivoje Marković, IPM Miroc-Bilje  
Mr. Pavel Lenhart, EUROHERBA  
Mr. Radoslav Piperac, G 17  
Mr. Zoran Nikolić, HERBA  
Mr. Vladimir Nikolić, HERBA  
Mr. Gruja Alabasovski, Melissa  
Mr. Damir Alabasovski, Melissa  
Mr. Ivan Naumov, Mentha Padej  
Mr. Radisav Bušić, Bilje Borča  
Mr. Mihailo S. Ristić, AMAPSEEC/IMPR  
Ms. Duška Dimović, Nature Protection Institute  

About SEED

Southeast Europe Enterprise Development (SEED) is a new multi-donor initiative managed by the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC) to strengthen small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, FR Yugoslavia and Macedonia. This program was known as the Balkan Enterprise Facility during its initial planning. The five-year, $33 million effort will offer a variety of services both to local SMEs directly and to other .comanizations that support them, and will also work closely with the World Bank Group and other institutions to improve the difficult operating environment for small businesses in the four target economies. Headquartered in Sarajevo with offices in Banja Luka, Belgrade, Pristina, Skopje, and Tirana, SEED is funded by Austria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and IFC. The joint IFC-World Bank SME Department provides leadership in SME issues and general management oversight to SEED and other similar project development facilities around the world. For more information go to SEED's site http://www.ifc.com/seed/.




   Introductory notes




   Review of activities




   Foundation info


   Membership info


   2nd Bylaws revision


   Call for 1st meeting


   Record of 1st meeting


   Record of 2nd meeting