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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

Israeli Danbar Interested in Investing in Kladovo

Israeli Danbar Interested in Investing in Kladovo

The Israeli corporation Danbar is interested in raising a facility in Kladovo, and, according to the announcements, the investment would secure jobs for 30 workers.

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The Renovation of Hospitals in Serbia

The Renovation of Hospitals in Serbia

In June 2017, the Serbian Prime Minister, announced that one of the biggest priorities of the new Government will be the reconstruction of medical facilities in Serbia.

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Waste Water Treatment Facility in Zlatibor, Serbia

Waste Water Treatment Facility in Zlatibor, Serbia

The construction of a waste water treatment facility in Zlatibor, Serbia, started in November 2017.

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Financing Approved for the Reconstruction of Clinical Centres in Serbia

Financing Approved for the Reconstruction of Clinical Centres in Serbia

At the sitting held on the 14th of November, the Committee on Finance, State Budget and Control of Public Spending considered the Bill on the Confirmation of the Financial Agreement Clinical Centres/C between the Republic of Serbia and the European Investment Bank.

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Bridge Power Investments – Investment Opportunity in the Biomass Pellet Production Industry

Bridge Power Investments – Investment Opportunity in the Biomass Pellet Production Industry

Bridge Power Investments deals with biomass pellet production and sale on the Serbian and international markets.

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Belgrade Waterfront Construction

Belgrade Waterfront Construction

Serbia started building its USD 4 billion redevelopment of Belgrade’s waterfront.

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Investors' confidence

Arcelor Mittal

“Western Balkans are generally growing over average in the last years and there is a need for further development over the next years, especially in the sector of construction which is fundamental for us.
Furthermore the  country is well situated not only with regard to Western Balkans, but also to current EU-states as Greece, Romania, Bulgaria.”

“The overall experience is good, we were able to develop and grow the business, the above mentioned expectations have been confirmed.”

ARCELOR MITTAL, WOLFGANG MARINGER, PLANT DIRECTOR, ARCELOR MITTAL
Comfy-Angel Prilep

“One big advantage for our company is our position geographically. We are situated in the crossroad of the Balkans and have easy access by road to most European countries.”

“Strengths: geographical position, regular VAT returns, flat tax, professional relationship with the governmental institutions.”

IRENA JAKIMOVSKA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, COMFY-ANGEL PRILEP
Siemens

“Serbia has massive potential in industrial production in various verticals. Siemens’ success stories prove that Serbia in general is a very good place for a production location. Productivity and quality of the qualified workforce who are motivated and adaptive, with long industrial culture provides an attractive basis for every foreign investor. Serbia has good geographic location which enables quick and easy access to other CEE and SEE countries. Additionally, the universities bring very good engineers to the markets.”

UDO EICHLINGER, CEO, SIEMENS
Philip Morris International

“We see advantages of the reigon in availability of skilled workforce, good strategic position and competitive operating cost.”

JELENA PAVLOVIĆ, CEO, PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL
Ball Corporation

“ Overall experience during Ball`s operation in Serbia is of course very positive. The biggest strength is that the regional market is slight ahead of European average regarding beverage consumption growth and operations can work with optimum cost base. No less significant is the availability of skilled and dedicated employees. I am very pleased that Serbia and our valuable people have proven that the systemic planning of an US company in synergy with dedicated and professional staff can boost business to the highest level and bring world-class results. ”

BRANISLAV SAVIĆ, CEO, BALL CORPORATION

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