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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 (2012 - 2016) USD 5,300 million

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GDP USD 16.55 billion
GDP per capita USD 4,298
population 3,854,000
FDI (2012 - 2016) USD 1,755 million

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GDP USD 6.62 billion
GDP per capita USD 3,602
population 1,839,000
FDI (2012 - 2016) USD 1,189 million

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GDP USD 10.91 billion
GDP per capita USD 5,264
population 2,073,000
FDI (2012 - 2016) USD 1,387 million

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GDP USD 4.18 billion
GDP per capita USD 6,707
population 623,000
FDI (2012 - 2016) USD 2,489 million

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GDP USD 37,75 billion
GDP per capita USD 5,348
population 7,058,000
FDI (2012 - 2016) 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%
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 %)

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Source: EBRD, Transition Report 2017-18

Fiscal balance, % of GDP

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

FDI inflows, in USD millions

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Source: UNCTAD, Investment Report 2017

Public debt, % of GDP

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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

Opening of the WB6 CIF Secretary General’s Office in Podgorica

Opening of the WB6 CIF Secretary General’s Office in Podgorica

The Office of the Secretary General of the Western Balkan Chamber Investment Forum (WB CIF) was opened at the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro on February 21, 2019 in Podgorica.

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WORKING MEETING OF THE BUSINESSMEN WITH THE DELEGATION OF THE CHAMBER INVESTMENT FORUM

WORKING MEETING OF THE BUSINESSMEN WITH THE DELEGATION OF THE CHAMBER INVESTMENT FORUM

Within the activities to mark the 97th anniversary of the chamber work in Macedonia, in the Economic Chamber of Macedonia a working meeting took place of the management of the Chamber Investment Forum (CIF), established within the Berlin Process by the six chambers of commerce of the Western Balkan region (Economic Chamber of Macedonia, the Union of Chambers of Commerce of Albania, Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro, Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and Chamber of Commerce of Kosovo) and representatives of business community.

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Working meeting of the Chamber investment Forum with Prime Minister Zaev

Working meeting of the Chamber investment Forum with Prime Minister Zaev

Delegation of the Chamber Investment Forum headed by the president of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia and vice-president of the Chamber Investment Forum, Branko Azeski, composed of Marko Čadež, president of the Chamber Investment Forum and president of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Safet Gërxhaliu, secretary general of the Chamber Investment Forum and former president of the Chamber of Commerce of Kosovo and group of businessmen of the region had a working meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev and members of the economic team of the Government.

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Privatisation of Energetika

Privatisation of Energetika

On 27 July 2018, a public invitation for the collection of offers for the sale of the majority share capital of Energetika Kragujevac was published.

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Privatisation of Kovin Mine site

Privatisation of Kovin Mine site

After recovering from one unsuccessful privatisation attempt, the mine site is still waiting to be privatised, and the potential buyer will have an opportunity to invest in its development, as over 200 million tons of lignite lies in the Danube near Kovin.

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Prestigious Resort Development

Prestigious Resort Development

The construction of the Portonovi Resort, spreading on 26 hectares of land with various housing options, private villas and Europe’s first “One&Only” - which will bear a name “One&Only Portonovi Montenegro’’, is ongoing.

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Investors' confidence

“This region is poised to record better than average growth figures of economic output, employment, wages, new investments that shall positively affect banking revenues. Furthermore, planned accession to EU will foster stability and further economic development of the region. Overall experience is very positive.”

DRAGINJA ĐURIĆ, CEO, INTESA SANPAOLO GROUP - BANCA INTESA

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