NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is in New Orleans, drawn by the city's energy industry, port, mining operations and technology businesses and seeking to encourage investment in Serbia.

Dacic is meeting area politicians and business leaders and visiting the Port of New Orleans and National World War II Museum. The Times-Picayune reports ( Dacic also plans to meet with executives of Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, which is conducting mining exploration in Serbia, and executives with Chevron oil company. His agenda also includes meetings with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

Dacic, speaking through a translator, says New Orleans has similarities to Serbia's capital city of Belgrade. He says Belgrade, a tourism and entertainment hub, also is a river city but needs to revive its port.