Economics

  • Banking in Bosnia – without the ups and downs

    By Ivona Zametica, Raiffeisen Bank Bosnia and Herzegovina and Gunter Deuber, RBI The entire banking system in Bosnia and Herzegovina (with assets in the range of EUR 15-16 billion) roughly corresponds to the balance sheet of a mid-sized regional lender or larger savings/cooperative bank in a Western market like Austria, Germany or Italy. Therefore, the […]

  • 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. […]

  • CEE Banking Sector Report 2019

    RBI’s analysts documented and analyzed banking sector trends as well as the key drivers and indicators in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The analysts are posted throughout the CEE region as well as in Vienna and provided their local expertise and insights to create the latest version of the Raiffeisen Research’s CEE Banking Sector Report. […]

  • The Carpathians: A personal guide to the magic mountains

    By Dmytro Sologub, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine | Central banking is a tough job. It requires making policy decisions in an uncertain environment under pressure from the various groups of interests. Hence, I’m often asked both in my public and private interactions: How do you relax from your challenging office work? […]

  • Efficiency and innovation are the basis for success in agribusiness

    By Galina Tsvintarnaya, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Ukraine | Alex Lissitsa is the CEO of IMC, an integrated agricultural business company, and president of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, an association representing the interests of over 100 leading Ukrainian agro-food companies. Lissitsa was born in Chernihiv region in Ukraine, studied at the National Agricultural University of Ukraine […]

  • Economic and cultural facts about Ukraine at a glance

    In July, the Discover CEE spotlight is on Ukraine! Watch out for several blog posts on Ukrainian business, culture and success stories. Today, we have the most interesting economic data and cultural facts about Ukraine at a glance for you. The fact sheet is also downloadable in print version. Click here to print the fact sheet: Ukraine […]

  • Serbia’s increasing importance for China’s BRI

    By Ljiljana Grubic, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia, and Lydia Kranner, RBI | Historically, China has never been an important partner of the CEE region. Trade and FDI data show that the EU, especially Germany, plays the dominant role. This holds true for Serbia as well. However, the economic and geopolitical rise of China, the deterioration […]

  • Serbia: Infrastructure projects lead economic growth

    By Ljiljana Grubic, Raiffeisen banka in Serbia and Oliver Marx, RBI | Despite an economic slowdown in the euro area, the Serbian economy delivered its highest growth rate in a decade in 2018. The strong GDP growth rate of 4.3 percent in 2018 (still estimated) was mainly driven by public sector investments and personal consumption. […]

  • Hungary: Little prospects for a more digital future?

    By Oliver Marx, RBI Vienna | Digitalization is key for a country’s success in international competitiveness. There is a clear link between digitalization and economic performance, therefore governments, businesses and households need to implement necessary reforms to prevent falling behind economically. In the European Commission Digital Economy and Society Index “DESI” from 2018, which measures […]