Ambassador Philip Pinnington

Message from the Ambassador

In the months since being accredited as Canada's Ambassador to Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro, I've had the pleasure to meet hundreds of our country's business partners, academic contacts, human rights allies, and just plain fans. Whether in Belgrade or Bor, in Skopje or Strumica, in Tivat or Podgorica - Canadians are joining Serbs, Macedonians, and Montenegrins in acting on opportunities to build prosperity, share knowledge, and strengthen the people-to-people ties that mean so much to us on both sides of the Atlantic.

Despite the difficult global economic situation, bilateral trade is growing (albeit from a modest base). Drawing on Canada's strong financial fundamentals, investors and their companies in the resource and infrastructure fields are drilling for precious metals and minerals, and developing hydro and thermal power projects. In agriculture, Serbia is home to the largest herd of Canadian dairy cattle in Europe, while Canadian meat shipments make Macedonian food processors more competitive in regional markets. The Canadian-led Porto Montenegro mega-yacht marina has raised the bar for sustainable tourism throughout the Adriatic.

As a Canadian Embassy team working out of Belgrade - assisted by our Honorary Consulate in Skopje - we continue to provide a high level of consular and passport services to Canadians, and to identify and connect political, community and cultural partnerships that serve our common interests in advancing freedom, democracy, minority rights, and the rule of law.

As the value of an international education grows, so does interest in what Canada’s universities and colleges have to offer, both as institutional partners, and as destinations for learning and working.

Visa services are now delivered by our colleagues at the Embassy of Canada in Vienna. Transitional visa information is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

This site is an introduction to Canada, and the possibilities that Canadians, through their government, have put in place to exchange ideas and build business with Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia. The Embassy team and I remain at your service in helping to use these possibilities to create a better, more prosperous future for all our peoples.

Ambassador - Philip Pinnington

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