Maximizing Telecom Operators' Contribution to Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation in BiH


Recently, with the support of the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) from the USA, the Center for Policy and Governance organized a conference entitled "Crisis Response: Maximizing Telecom Operators' Contribution to Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation in BiH". The following text holds the key information presented at the conference.

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The International Conference „Response to Crisis: Maximizing Telecoms' Contribution to the Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation in BiH“ Held in Sarajevo


Read the key conclusions of the conference „Response to Crisis: Maximizing Telecoms' Contribution to the Economic Recovery and Digital Transformation in BiH“!

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Response to crisis: How to maximize the contribution of telecoms to the economic recovery in FBiH?


How to improve the quality and affordability of services? What is an optimal/expected contribution of telecoms to productivity gains and digital economy development? What are expected financial and fiscal implications/benefits to the economy and citizens of telecom operations in FBiH? What are the necessary deregulations to support effective sector development?

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Report of meeting with members of the House of Representatives of the FBiH Parliament on the topic of tax reforms


On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Hotel Europa in Sarajevo, Centre for Policy and Governance (CPU) organized a working meetig of their parliamentary group on the topic of tax reform, or rather the Draft Law on Income Tax of FBiH and the Law on Contributions of FBiH which the FBiH Government sent to the parliamentary procedure

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Systematic approach to health care system reforms?


Special attention in newly adopted reform documents is paid to health care system reform in both entities which is one of the top priorities in this mandate. Unlike the Reform Agenda which treated the health care system reform as part of the area “Public finances, taxation and fiscal sustainability”, its 2.0. version defines measures in the health care area through separate part entitled “Comprehensive reform and improved quality of health care system”. Read more.

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The Extended Fund Facility program between BiH and IMF: No implementation of new measures since July 2017


Since July 2017, the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina have not fulfilled any measures from the Extended Arrangement with the IMF. Out of seven measures that are required for the second tranche of the loan, BiH institutions have implemented or they have adhered to three of them, while the other four have remained unfulfilled.

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Strengthening the Financial Sector


The analysis shows research on how the banking sector in B&H can improve economic growth, and how sector reforms contained in the Extended Fund Facility program with IMF can influence on credit expansion and the stability of the financial sector.

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The last time the minimum wage was determined in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was in 2016, and there is no doubt that it needs to be raised. However, an excessive and sudden increase may lead to undesired consequences and jeopardize the very groups of workers this help is intended for. Inter alia, it may lead to the rise in youth and women unemployment, threaten the competitiveness of private sector and lead to significant rise in wages in public companies, even in cases of workers who currently earn significantly above the minimum wage. Therefore, the key question is how to strike a balance between real needs and unrealistic demands and this analysis is aimed at offering several guidelines to that effect.

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We have explored informal markets in the four South-East Europe economies, investigated drivers for engaging in informal activities and provided policy recommendations for reducing the informal sector. The study comprises findings of both primary and secondary research. Primary research included a quantitative survey on a representative sample of around 4 thousand respondents across four countries.

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CPU advocates for the broader debate about this topic, which is rather limited today, to support the processes and related decisions. This debate should bring closer divided opinions about ways to maximize contributions of those important assets to the economy and the society as whole. More precisely, we should look into market developments, telecoms’ performances, and business models to address following questions: How to improve the quality and affordability of services; What is an optimal / expected contribution of telecoms to productivity gains and digital economy development?; What are expected financial and fiscal implications/benefits to the economy and citizens of telecom operations in FBiH?; What are necessary deregulations to support effective sector development?

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COVID-19 crisis has had a tremendous economic impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). It is estimated that the country will enter a recession of 5%, which implies a number of negative economic indicators – decrease in exports, rise of unemployment and possible rise of interest rates, budget instability and the like. Of particular concern is the rise of unemployment and decrease in BH diaspora support, which is very important for the BH economy. COVID-19 has mainly endangered the service sector, i.e. all businesses that depend on the so-called "moment of truth" – the direct contact with customers. There are many micro-enterprises and crafts operating within the service sector, while freelancers are mainly exposed to the crisis due to the decrease in global demand for their services (exports).

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Response to Crisis: Maximizing telecoms’ contribution to the economic recovery and digital transformation in BiH

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