Welcome to „Discover CEE“!

This is Raiffeisen Bank International’s blog and information platform for leading experts, analysts and successful entrepreneurs and companies, to share their ideas, visions and experiences about doing business in CEE. Our goal is to connect opinion leaders, inspire entrepreneurs and businesses and show the potential, diversity and beauty of the entire CEE region.

  • Doing business in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Two companies share their stories

    By Amra Tabaković, Raiffeisen Bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina As in most countries, small and medium-sized companies play an important role in the economic growth of Bosnia and Herzegovina and are essential for creating new jobs. But overcoming obstacles and starting a solid business is never easy. Begex doo Hadžići, a kitchen and wardrobe manufacturer, […]

  • A trip to Sarajevo

    By Benedikta Schlange, RBI | When visiting Sarajevo, it is best to start the day with a traditional coffee: served thick, foamy and slowly brewed in a copper pot. For Sarajevans, drinking coffee is not necessarily a way to wake up, but a ritual to relax. The best way to enjoy coffee or a cup […]

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economy: Downsides and newly discovered potential

    By Ivona Zametica, Raiffeisen Bank in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Gunter Deuber, RBI | The economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reported decent average real GDP growth of 3.1 percent year-on-year from 2015-2018. Nevertheless, average growth of 3.1 percent is still below the level of some peers in South-Eastern Europe (SEE), and still far below […]

  • Banking and arts – a strong partnership

    Those who think that banking business and arts may not go together so well will be proven wrong at Raiffeisen Bank Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here, great importance is attached to the promotion of young artists. In the gallery of the bank citizens can see and purchase their works. Learn more about this partnership in our […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina at a glance

    In August, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Bosnia and Herzegovina! Watch out for several blog posts on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version. […]

  • Great Stone – a pearl of the Silk Road

    By Natalya Chernogorova, Priorbank Belarus | Twenty-five kilometers away to the north of Belarus’ capital city Minsk there is a newly evolving multinational smart eco-town with a focus on high-tech innovative industries and a well-developed social infrastructure, green recreational and residential areas. This is how the Sino-Belarus Great Stone Industrial Park is projected to look […]

  • Ivan Marchuk, a Ukrainian art genius of our time

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Ukraine | “Give me a thousand years – I’ll paint the sky and will not repeat!”, Ivan Marchuk Ivan Marchuk is a renowned artist, a patriarch of the Ukrainian avant-garde, a legend of the Ukrainian painting, a genius who created about 5,000 works, opened more than 150 monographic and […]

  • The Ukrainian banking sector: Seven stable years ahead?

    By Gunter Deuber, RBI and Mykhailo Rebryk, Raiffeisen Bank Aval in Ukraine | The Ukrainian banking market is probably the most dramatic boom-bust story in the CEE region. From 2000 onwards, the ratio of loans to GDP rose from around 10 percent to almost 80 percent (2008-09). During this time, many foreign and western banks […]

  • KAZKA – a Ukrainian music sensation

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval in Ukraine | “We are not afraid to be different, after all we believe that each of us is beautiful thanks to our own uniqueness. You just need to believe in yourself and your power and be steady in your purpose”, KAZKA band’s vision. The Ukrainian band KAZKA (“fairy […]

  • Fintechs vs. banks? Time to clear up the competition myth

    By Oleksandr Kryshtal, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | Fintech primarily refers to innovations in the financial sector. Such innovations may include a new customer experience, a completely new product or modernization of cross-banking technology. Fintech has the ability to bring banking into the modern age offering advanced solutions to the financial services world. However, some time […]

  • Life in Chernobyl has found a way forward

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval | “The further we move in time from the disaster, the more it seems like a myth – and the more difficult it becomes to grasp its real-life roots and consequences”, Serhii Plokhy, the author of the book “History of a Tragedy” awarded with the Baillie Gifford prize. I […]