By Capt Karine Chapleau
First published in
SFOR Informer#108, March 7, 2001
Gornji Vakuf - Twenty new employees work nowadays
for Komerc 3 sawmill in Gornji Vakuf, after receiving help from
the Department for International Development (DFID).
You are the only organisation that wanted to help and I
appreciate the confidence you have shown me, said Muhamed
Sljivo, principal owner of the sawmill. I bought a new machine
to steam and dry the wood enabling me to increase production.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart and from all my employees.
DFID gave 50 000 KM for the new machine. The technical support
team from Bugojno, Major Eef Rovers and Warrant Officer 1 Joop
Den Doop, ensured that the project finally got underway. It was
started in 1999. For the next six months, they will monitor Komerc
3 to ensure the requirements of the contract are fulfilled.
Companies who receive money from DFID must return 30% of the total
amount they initially received to the community. In this case,
Mr Sljivo will provide wood to returnees for the reconstruction
of their houses.
The CIMIC program is in place to help people rebuild their lives
and provide a safe and secure environment. In this case, providing
The goal of DFID is to contribute to the civilian aspects of the
Dayton Peace Agreement by encouraging the return of significant
numbers of Displaced Persons and Refugees (DPREs) to fully integrated
In 1996, Mr. Sljivo, Sahbaz Abazovic and Zekir Sljivo decided
to start their own business instead of waiting for something to
happen. Almost five years later, they are successful and employ
Most of their production is exported to Austria. With the increased
production, their main Austrian customer has assured them that
they need all the wood the sawmill can produce.
The three partners have plans for the future. They are already
thinking of expanding to meet both local and international demand.
Related links: CIMIC
Nations of SFOR: Netherland