• The Russian fintech scene in the spotlight

    By Angelina Krutova, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | The Russian fintech market has been growing significantly for the past two years in terms of both the number of deals and the volume of investment. The market has several particularities: Russia is a leading global supplier of IT specialists and some areas such as P2P lending, crowd […]

  • Digital Banking Services for Corporate Business: Russian Perspective

    By Marie Mesropyan, Raiffeisenbank in Russia | Big business is still experiencing a shortage of digital banking services. Leaders of the financial industry are actively trying to solve the problem Digital banking infrastructure for business in Russia, especially for large and medium businesses, still lags behind the mass retail segment, experts say. “In general, development […]

  • An outlook on Russia’s economy: Financial strength and economic weakness

    By Stanislav Murashov, Raiffeisenbank in Russia, and Andreas Schwabe, RBI | An oil price shock and the introduction of economic and financial sanctions led to a strong devaluation of the rouble and a recession in 2014-15. Since then, however, Russia has clearly regained financial strength. This is expressed in a surplus on both the current […]

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A round table discussion about plastics with Austrian representatives from the economic sector and science

    Tanja Dietrich-Hübner, Head of Sustainability at Austria – REWE International AG, Michael Huber, Fund Manager at Raiffeisen KAG, Christian Pladerer, CEO of the Austrian Institute of Ecology, and Doris Ribitsch, Head of Molecular Biology at the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at BOKU Vienna (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences), discuss the challenges surrounding the […]

  • How to lead a media empire in Kosovo

    By Evliana Berani, Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo | Aferdita Saraçini Kelmendi leads one of the biggest businesses in Kosovo: a well-known national radio and television, RTV 21. Building and running one of the biggest television stations in Kosovo, in an extremely competitive media environment, is obviously quite a difficult and challenging task. Changing the mindset and […]

  • Investing in Kosovo

    By Patricia Lang-Schönberger | Discover CEE spoke to Wilhelm-Peter Hasslacher from the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO), who works as business delegate for the Foreign Trade Centre Laibach in Slovenia. He is an expert on Southeastern Europe: his assignments as business delegate have taken him to Zagreb and Sarajevo, and he is now in Ljubljana, where […]

  • Arrival of digital trends disrupting payments in CEE

    By Christian Wolf, RBI | Driven by the aim of providing better and better customer experience, changes in the global payments landscape have accelerated over the past few years and resulted in an increased array of payment options to choose from for customers across the globe. In addition to the advancements in technology, Open Banking […]

  • The Austrian real estate market

    By Michael Heller, RBI | Financial markets had for a long time prepared themselves for an initial interest rate hike by the European Central Bank (ECB) in 2019, but developments in the first half of the year were almost diametrically opposed – with corresponding bullish implications for the local real estate market. The financing environment […]

  • ATOMI: Identifying and supporting extraordinary intelligence

    By Edita Pozhegu, representative of ATOMI | The ATOMI organization in Kosovo has been established ten years ago as an initiative of a group of professionals and is one of its kind in the Balkans region. It focuses on the identification and support of gifted students with extraordinary intelligence in Kosovo. ATOMI aims to identify […]

  • 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 […]