Djelic: FDI declining in the region

The Executive Director at the Lazard Investment Bank, Bozidar Djelic gave a few recommendations to Serbia at the 16th Serbian Economic Summit in the capacity of an investment banker.

“The last surge of FDIs has bypassed Central and Eastern Europe. In the period from 2012 to 2015, there was a $100 bln growth of investment in the rest of the world. At the same time, the investments in our region declined from $136 bln to $58 bln in only three years”, Djelic warns.

He adds that in the said period only six large investments (over $250 mln) were implemented in the entire Balkan region.

“There was only one large investment in Serbia, by Danube Foods Group, while the annual investment level in Poland and the Czech Republic ranged between $5 bln and $10 bln”, Djelic added.

The transaction around Komercijalna Bank is “sloppy”, according to Djelic who advises that “more energy should be spent on this deal”. He also brings up the issue of Dunav Osiguranje.

Djelic also reveals that, next year, SBB is probably going to be involved in yet another large-scale transaction that would be very appealing to big stakeholders in that segment.

Furthermore, he thinks that reducing production in Fiat was tantamount to a “national disaster” which happened at the moment when the countries in Central and East Europe are fighting for the companies that are pushed out from the Great Britain following the Brexit.

(Blic, 17.10.2016)

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