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IFC Helps Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mostar Improve Its Business Environment


IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, marking a joint commitment to improve the business enabling environment. With more than 100,000 inhabitants, Mostar is the economic center and the largest city in Herzegovina.

Improving the business environment by simplifying administrative procedures and providing better services will help reduce the cost and risk of doing business. This will foster competitiveness in cities and municipalities and attract more foreign direct investment.

“We hope to reduce the administrative burden for doing business and attract new companies to Mostar, and IFC’s assistance in this effort is critical,” said Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of Mostar.

“We are pleased to work with Mayor Beslic and his team. Making administrative procedures simpler for businesses at the local level should help attract new investors to Bosnia and Herzegovina and support private sector development,” said Pierre Guislain, IFC/World Bank Director for Investment Climate.

According to Margo Thomas, IFC Business Enabling Environment Manager and Regional Program Coordinator, IFC’s assistance will help reduce the cost of doing business in Mostar by streamlining business formalities and inspections procedures, as well as increase transparency.

Mostar is the second locality in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be included in IFC’s subnational competitiveness project in the country.


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