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Dr Petar IvanovicCEO of MIPA

Investment Opportunities

In Montenegro

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Role of MIPA

  • Set up in March 2005 MIPA operates under the Prime Minster Office and serves as a platform for marketing foreign direct investment opportunities on behalf of the Government.

  • The President of MIPA’s board is Prime Minster, while members of the Board are ministers and representatives of private sector.

  • Basically, MIPA has a triple role:

    #1 To assist foreign investors in setting up their businesses;

    #2 To recommend GoM to remove red tapes for doing business;

    #3 To provide statistics to the GoM about foreign investments;

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Recent Past

  • 1994 – 1997 UN Sanctions;

  • 1999 - NATO bombing;

  • 2000 - over 20% of total population were refugees;

  • Montenegro – the only ex YU republic on which territory there was no war and with the stable government for 16 years;

  • 2006 – Montenegro recover its independency;

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Dilemmas We Had

  • How to develop country super-fast?

  • How to stop brain drain and create future for young people?

  • How to improve environment for business development?

  • How and how fast to privatize state ownership?

  • How to attract investors?

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Our Answer

  • By increasing economic freedoms

    • Opening country – no visa requirements;

    • Accepting sound money – euro;

    • Reducing taxes;

    • Strengthening competition;

    • Improving the rule of law;

    • Building trust through improvement of the business environment;

    • Taking responsibility for the future;

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What We Achieved?

  • Telecommunication – 100% private (3 GSM);

  • Banking– 100% private (12 banks);

  • Capital market– 100% private (35 broker houses);

  • Agriculture– 100% private;

  • Services– 100% private;

  • Oil import and distribution– 100% private (12 importers);

  • Tourism– mostly private;

  • Industry– mostly private;

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Montenegro Today

  • The highest FDI per capita in Europe;

  • According to Fraser Institute - the highest level of economic freedoms in the region;

  • Largest share of privatized capital in the region;

  • The most dynamic capital market in the region;

  • Budget surplus;

  • The only state in the region which use EURO;

  • The lowest unemployment rate in the region;

  • The lowest inflation rate in the region;

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So, Why Montenegro?

  • Safe and stable;

  • Predictable macroeconomic stability;

  • Ability to remit profit, dividends and interest;

  • National Treatment of Foreigners;

  • Euro;

  • Favorable Tax Climate (CT 9% VAT 17% PIT 15%);

  • Easy Business Start Up (1 € + 4 days);

  • International Accounting Standards (IAS);

  • Location and climate;

  • Increasing economic freedom;

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Secret Love of Lord Byron

While a picture tells a thousand words, Lord Byron’s words, in the early 19th century, paint a masterpiece picture:

“At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro. When the pearls of nature were sown, handfuls of them were cast on this soil.”

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Why are FDI’s Crucial?

  • FDI’s are changing way of thinking;

  • Speeding up the reform processes;

  • Changing the structure of the economy;

  • Contributing to GDP, GDP growth, employment, budget revenues, export/import…

  • Developing regional cooperation – business language is unique language;

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Origin of Investors

  • Investors are coming from 63 countries;

  • Comparing to total number of investors, none of the countries dominates;

  • Based on the value invested, investors from following countries are leaders:

    Norway, Austria,

    Russia, Slovenia,

    Hungary, Great Britain.

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Investments are increasing due to:

  • Unique investment opportunities;

  • The reform of the financial services sector;

  • The positive experience of existing investors;

  • The ability to serve customers in Western and Central Europe;

  • The quality of service MIPA provides.

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FDI in 2000-07 (in million €)

Government plan in

previous Economic Agenda

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Number of Foreign Companies

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High Tech


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Adriatic Shipyard Bijela

Public tender for purchasing 62,7123%;

Enclosed workshops – 14.000 m2, connected to all energy supplies and equipped with 14 bridge cranes of 2.5 - 40 t lifting capacity;

Outdoor working platforms – 4.600 m2, connected to all energy supplies and equipped with two 25 t portal cranes and three 8-50 t auto-crane;


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Free Trade Zone Port of Bar


Favorable geographical positions;

No customs and tax duties;

Flexible, efficient and profitable conditions for doing business;

95% of total passenger and freight transport in Serbia and Montenegro;

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Expected tenders

  • Tobacco Co “Duvanski kombinat”;

  • Health-spa in Herceg Novi;

  • Electric Company

  • Obod Cetinje

  • Wine Company

  • Port of Bar

  • Montenegro Airlines

  • Railroads

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Expected tenders

  • Water Supply Systems;

  • Communal Services;

  • Highways;

  • New hydro plants;

  • Ada Bojana;

  • Send Beach in Ulcinj;

  • Valdanos;

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Potentials of Montenegro?

  • BUSINESS HUB for region;

  • Regional financial center;

  • High-tech & educational center;

  • Transportation corridors;

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  • To attract minimum 5 billion FDI till 2011;

  • And minimum 30 billion till 2030;

  • FDI per capita in 2007-2011 will be 8,100 € or 4 times more than in the period 2001-2006.

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MIPA Publication

  • Guide for foreigner investors, containing simple and straightforward answers on the most frequently asked questions:

    • economic climate in Montenegro

    • capital market

    • operational costs

    • foreign investments

    • business registrations, laws, tax,…


Publication is available on MIPA's web page: www.mipa.cg.yu

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Montenegrin Investment Promotion Agency (MIPA)

Jovana Tomasevica 2

Podgorica 81000, MNE


(00 382 20) 203-140; 203-141; 202-910



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