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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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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The impact of socio-economic factors on student achievements during their education and long-term educational outcomes are one of the challenges that have so far passed under the radar of educational policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In numerous reform efforts to improve the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a strategy that would address the importance of socio-economic opportunities in the education of individuals was missing, which implies that this issue is not addressed at the educational practices level.

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