1.3 billion EUR of investments made in 2016

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In the first nine months of this year, a total of 1.3 billion EUR worth of investments was made in Serbia, while a third of that amount, or 438 million EUR, was the re-invested profit.

The investors transferred 384 million EUR from Serbia to abroad in dividends. Such structure of FDIs is usual in market economies because the investors who invest here would want to transfer their funds to another place at a certain point – says an Economy Faculty professor, Ljubodrag Savic and explains why domestic companies did not invest more:

“The amount of money they have re-invested is higher than the one they took out of the country. Anyhow, it is a good thing that foreign investors are coming to Serbia and the worst situation that can happen is for foreign investors to come and then, shortly after, take their investment somewhere else. The second problem is that there are virtually no domestic investors who are willing to engage in such business adventure. They either don’t possess managerial qualities to do that or have enough will and patience to wait for the return of their investment in industrial production, i.e. spend a lot of money, engage technology and then wait for profit several years.”

(eKapija, 27.11.2016)


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