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IFC Helps Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mostar Improve Its Business Environment


In Washington, DC:
Christine Bowers
Phone: +1 (202) 458 8472
E-mail: cbowers@worldbank.org

In Belgrade:

Margo Thomas
Phone: +381 11 3023 750
E-mail: mthomas@ifc.org

In Belgrade:

Slobodan Brkic
Phone: +381 11 3023 750
E-mail: sbrkic@ifc.org


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 28, 2007 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, marking a joint commitment to improve the business enabling environment. With more than 100,000 inhabitants, Mostar is the economic center and the largest city in Herzegovina.

Improving the business environment by simplifying administrative procedures and providing better services will help reduce the cost and risk of doing business. This will foster competitiveness in cities and municipalities and attract more foreign direct investment.


“We hope to reduce the administrative burden for doing business and attract new companies to Mostar, and IFC’s assistance in this effort is critical,” said Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of Mostar.

“We are pleased to work with Mayor Beslic and his team. Making administrative procedures simpler for businesses at the local level should help attract new investors to Bosnia and Herzegovina and support  private sector development,” said Pierre Guislain, IFC/World Bank Director for Investment Climate.

According to Margo Thomas, IFC Business Enabling Environment Manager and Regional Program Coordinator, IFC’s assistance will help reduce the cost of doing business in Mostar by streamlining business formalities and inspections procedures, as well as increase transparency.


Mostar is the second locality in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be included in IFC’s subnational competitiveness project in the country.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, fosters sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment, mobilizing private capital in local and international financial markets, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments. IFC’s vision is that poor people have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives. In FY07, IFC committed $8.2 billion and mobilized an additional $3.9 billion through loan participations and structured finance for 299 investments in 69 developing countries. IFC also provided advisory services in 97 countries. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
 
IFC provides advisory services to support private sector development and attract new investments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The programs concentrate on four business lines: value addition to firms, access to finance, infrastructure advisory services, and the business enabling environment. To learn more about IFC advisory programs in southern Europe, visit www.ifc.org/pepse.