Industry leaders are fearfully awating the outcome of the Agrokor situation and its sister companies operating in our country. On Tuesday, FBiH Prime Minister, Fadil Novalić, met with representatives of Agrokor's four sister companies, the Croatian Ambassador to BiH, and the BiH Deputy Foreign Trade Chamber. After the meeting Novalić stated that Konzum does not owe money to the state or any banks, and that they owe money "only to suppliers," so we contacted a few of the suppliers who do business with this retail chain.
"We have an excellent relationship with Konzum in BiH, and we expect a meeting this week to define our next steps. We expect that they will lay out their plan for the BiH market. We had several meetings with them in the past, but this next one is particularly important. While the situation in Croatia is stable, the circumstances in BiH are volatile, especially after the prime minister's statement," said director of Sarajevo's dairy Milkos, Adin Fakić, who has been working with Konzum for years.
He hopes that their cooperation will continue.
Fakić points out that aside from local shopping centers, vendors need Konzum because they have more space for their products, and their goal is to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.
"Looking at current developments surrounding Agrokor in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, we can conclude that the situation in BiH is much better when it comes to the cooperation with Konzum. Konzum in BiH has no borrowing costs from banks, instead, the vendors are the ones who carry the debts. Yet the situation is still not as bad as in Croatia. As for Violeta, we have no issues with our deliveries to Konzum, and there are no problems with our payments. We will carefully watch this situation, but I hope that BiH will be bypassed, and that there won't be too much damage for suppliers," Petar Ćorluka, owner of Violeta, told us.
Debts and deadlines
The RS Chamber of Commerce responded yesterday, asking suppliers (from RS) to provide information on the claims against Konzum, Agrokor or its sister companies in BiH, payment deadlines...
"This information will be used for talks with the RS Government in order to define priority measures, in order to support and protect businesses within RS, and the insistence on taking a stance at the BiH level of governance, in order to come to a unified solution, the Chamber's statement read.
Translated by: Tea IVANOVIĆ
(Original version: Dobavljači Konzuma strepe od štete i čekaju sastanke)