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World Economic Forum Competitiveness Indicators and Policy Actions. Aleksandra Zoric Krzic USAID Serbia. Analyzing Serbia:. WB Doing Business Report: rank 94 among 181 countries major weaknesses: Dealing with Construction Permits (171)

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World economic forum competitiveness indicators and policy actions

World Economic Forum Competitiveness Indicators and Policy Actions

Aleksandra Zoric Krzic USAID Serbia


Analyzing Serbia:

  • WB Doing Business Report:

  • rank 94 among 181 countries

  • major weaknesses:

  • Dealing with Construction Permits (171)

  • Starting / closing a business

  • Paying taxes

  • Registering property

  • Enforcing contracts

  • Employing workers

WEF Glob. Comp. Report:

rank 85 among 132 countries

….will be discussed further



Serbia comparing to average

of countries at the second stage of development

Innovation & Sophistication

Basic Requirements

Efficiency Enhancers


In numbers….

Progress against last year (6 positions up)

45 positions up


The usaid competitiveness project support

- Financed WEF and WB Indicator Analysis by a local Think Tank“International Competitiveness and Economic Growth of Serbia” by CEVES- Advised on the new Structure of the NCC- Policy assistance / Drafted Action Plan 2009------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Request for STTA to assist with implementation

The USAID Competitiveness Project support


  • Serbia NCC: Tank

  • Reestablished late 2007 (in 2002 failed)

  • Currently 32 members (Government members mostly)

  • 5 Working Groups(inefficient)

  • No clear agenda

  • General recommendations:

  • 1. Reduce the size of the NCC -max 20-22 members, less Gov. members - invite top leaders and decision makers

  • 2. Formalize a NCC Secretariat

  • 3. Redesign the Working Groups (to respond to policy priorities)

  • 4. Set clear goals

  • 5. Monitor performance (based on WEF and WB indicators)

Policy Priority Areas:

1. Public Administration 2. Micro-Econ. Environment3. Educational Reform4. Energy Efficiency5. Infrastructure Development


Recommendations for Policy Priorities by Working Groups: Tank

  • Public Administration

  • Burden of Gov. Regulations

  • Extent of staff training*

  • Effectiveness of Antimonopoly Policy**

  • Regulation on Securities and Exchange

  • Soundness of Banks

  • 2. Market Efficiency

  • Extent of Market Dominance

  • Intensity of Local Competition**

  • Financial Market Sophistication

  • Restriction of Capital Flows

  • 3. Human Capital

  • Extent of Staff training*

  • Reliance on Professional Management

  • Quality of Management Schools

4. Energy

Quality of Overall Infrastructure

Quality of Electrical Supply

Energy Security

Prospects for Renewable Energy

5. Infrastructure

Quality of Roads

Prospects of integration in Pan-European Logistic Network


Thank you

A strong political leadership, with a clear vision and commitment to economic growth as a priority.

Thank you!


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