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IFC Helps Serbian Municipality Improve Business Environment


IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the municipality of Uzice in Serbia, marking a joint commitment to improve the local business-enabling environment. Uzice, located in the southwest, is one the country’s largest municipalities, with some 85,000 inhabitants.

“Our activities with IFC complement our development plan. We hope to reduce the administrative burden for doing business and attract new companies to our municipality,” said Tihomir Petkovic, Mayor of Uzice.

Improving the business environment by simplifying administrative procedures and providing better services will help reduce the cost and risk of doing business, improving the competitiveness of local municipalities and attracting more foreign direct investment.

“By helping municipalities simplify their procedures, we hope to develop a more favorable business environment and stimulate the development of the country’s private sector,” said Philip Condon, Head of IFC Advisory Services in Southern Europe.

According to Margo Thomas, IFC Business Enabling Environment Manager and Regional Program Coordinator, the sub-national competitiveness project is designed to streamline business formalities and inspections procedures. This will help increase the transparency and quality of business regulations and reduce costs—important factors in improving competitiveness.


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