The Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH) published the foreign direct investments (FDI) statistics for 2017, which indicate that the FDI inflow in 2017 amounted to BAM 777,7 million (about €389 million), or 2.5% of the GDP. According to the statistical data, the inflow of FDI in 2017 was increased by BAM 213.6 million (about € 106,5) compared to 2016.
“In terms of geographical distribution in 2017, the highest investment inflows were from Austria (BAM 186.8 million or about €93,4)), Croatia (BAM 102.0 million or about €51 million), Slovenia (BAM 101.7 million or about €50,5), Switzerland (BAM 58.7 million or about €29,3 milion) and Serbia (BAM 53.9 million or about €27 million)”, CBBH announced.
As per activities, the most investments were realised in financial intermediation (banking sector), amounting to BAM 261.2 million (€130,5 million), then, the activities related to retail trade, in total amount of BAM 110.2 million (€55 million), those related to production and supply with electricity in amount of BAM 64.2 million (€32 million), the activities related to production of base metals, in amount of BAM 50.7 (€25,3 million) and activities related to production of motor vehicles in amount of BAM 46.5 million (€23,2 million). The total amount includes also the investments outflows, mostly related to manufacture of beverages, in amount of BAM 35.6 million (€2,8 million).
At the end of 2017, the balance of FDI amounted to BAM 13.45 billion (€6,7 billion), with the biggest portion of 66.1% related to equity. The biggest amount of FDI still refers to Austria (BAM 2.6 billion or about €1,3 billion), Croatia (BAM 2.3 billion or about €1,15 billion) and Serbia (two billion BAM or one billion Euro).
When it comes to the statistics on the FDIs going out from Bosnia and Herzegovina abroad, in 2017, the flows abroad amounted to BAM 132 million (about €66 million) and they have increased by BAM 70.3 million (about €35,1 million) compared to 2016, when recorded flows abroad amounted to BAM 61.7 million (about €30,8 million). As the consequence of investments in the previous years, the balance of domestic investments abroad amounted to BAM 872.8 million (about €436 million).
According to the auditing policies and on the basis of additional data, with publishing the data for 2017, the audits were performed over the amounts of flows and balances of FDI for the previous years, too…. / IBNA