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Growth opportunities

SEE’s GDP grew faster than that of the EU in 2001-2017; predicted to accelerate in the years to come

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Ease of doing business

Starting a business in the SEE is the easiest compared to Latin America, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa in terms of days and procedures

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Strong investors’ confidence

Strong investors’ confidence in the SEE - bringing steady above US$4.5bn per year to the region in the period 2013-2017

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Continuous improving

Continuous improving business environment – Doing business ranking in 2017 shows major progress of the region compared to 2008

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Strategic location

Access to EU market, Russia, Middle East via Turkey; strategic location for investment and trade opportunities and abundance of geo-natural resources

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Skilled workforce

Availability of skilled workforce across various sectors, particularly manufacturing, ICT, further strengthens region’s FDI regime

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Competitive lending rates

SEE region offers competitive lending rates, lower than major emerging markets such as BRICS

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Emerging innovation hub

SEE is emerging as an innovation hub with smart and innovative technology solutions

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GDP USD 11.87 billion
GDP per capita USD 4,126
population 2,876,000
FDI (2013 - 2017) USD 5,300 million

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GDP USD 16.55 billion
GDP per capita USD 4,298
population 3,854,000
FDI (2013 - 2017) USD 1,755 million

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GDP USD 6.62 billion
GDP per capita USD 3,602
population 1,839,000
FDI (2013 - 2017) USD 1,189 million

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GDP USD 10.91 billion
GDP per capita USD 5,264
population 2,073,000
FDI (2013 - 2017) USD 1,387 million

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GDP USD 4.18 billion
GDP per capita USD 6,707
population 623,000
FDI (2013 - 2017) USD 2,489 million

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GDP USD 37,75 billion
GDP per capita USD 5,348
population 7,058,000
FDI (2013 - 2017) USD 9,994 million

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Why SEE

SEE region is one of the fastest growing regions in Europe, with rates forecasted at 3%-4%. In addition, the region is marked by overall macroeconomic stability featured by low inflation, low budget deficit and stable public debt. SEE region’s economies are continuously improving their business environment, offering a favorable cost structure — characterized by comparatively low labor and utility costs, and a favorable tax regime. SEE’s location provides easy connectivity for trade and transportation, with great position to serve the markets of the EU, Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, and Northern Africa.

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Favorable tax regime & Attractive lending rates

Strategic

Strategic location & Interconnected region

Skilled

Skilled workforce

Abundance

Abundance of geo natural resources


Lending rates in the SEE region compared to BRICS

Brasil
6.8%
Russia
7.5%
India
6.0%
China
4.4%
South Africa
6.8%
Albania
1.3%
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3.9%
North Macedonia
3.3%
Serbia
3.5%
Source: Bloomberg L.P and local central banks
Note: No data for Montenegro and Kosovo since they adopted euro as their national currency

GDP growth rate (in %)

Source: EBRD, Transition Report 2017-18
Note: Source for projections for 2019 and 2020 is IMF World Outlook Database, October 2018

Fiscal balance, % of GDP

Source: World Bank, Western Balkans Regular Economic Report, No 13

FDI inflows, in USD millions

Source: UNCTAD, Investment Report 2017

Public debt, % of GDP

Source: World Bank, Western Balkans Regular Economic Report, No 12

Credit ranking by Standard & Poor's

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Doing business rank

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Source: World Bank - Doing Business Report

Latest updates

EU support to the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum

EU support to the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum

The President of the Managing Board of the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF), Marko Cadez and the Director for Western Balkans at the Directorate General for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Genoveva Ruiz Kalavera, signed a letter of intent for the implementation of a three-year project aimed at raising the competitiveness of the entire region's economy.

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Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum call for a New Deal for the Region

Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum call for a New Deal for the Region

The key demands of the businessmen of the six Western Balkans economies is to enable people, goods, services and capital to move smoothly across the region, said Marko Cadez, President of the Managing Board of the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF), on the eve of the Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, where the joint regional chamber presented the views and recommendations of the business community, representing more than 350,000 companies from across the region.

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New Industrial Zone in Prokuplje

New Industrial Zone in Prokuplje

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Office-residential complex K-District in Dorćol

Office-residential complex K-District in Dorćol

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Investors' confidence

“We were, amongst other benefits, attracted to Bosnia and Herzegovina by competitive labor force prices in comparison to high professional standards of local employees. Also, in the first years of operation, we had enjoyed tax policies which were highly in favor of foreign investors. A stable local currency pegged to Euro, low inflation rate as well as the rising incentives towards integration into the EU market, were additional levers for us to invest and settle in this area.”

EDINA VELIĆ, HEAD OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT, PERUTNINA PTUJ

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