The inflow of foreign direct investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2020 amounted to BAM 678.2 million, according to data from the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH), which published the results of the statistical study on foreign direct investment for 2020.
In terms of geographical distribution, the largest inflow of investments during 2020 is from Croatia (149.4 million BAM), followed by Serbia (135.3 million BAM).
Observed by the activities, most of the investments were realized in the field of financial services (banking sector) in the amount of 157 million BAM, then in the field of wholesale, being 93.9 million BAM, and in the field of electricity generation, 88.6 million BAM .
“Investment inflows can be characterized as relatively good given the deep global recession that has affected the ability of foreign investors, even a certain increase compared to 2019 when investments were lower by BAM 81 million. However, It should be noted that most of the investments were reinvested income from existing companies with foreign investments, and they amounted to BAM 586.3 million, while investments in the form of ownership shares were much lower, ”says CBBH in the press release.
At the end of 2020, the foreign direct investment balance reached BAM 15.08 billion. This amount is a result of investments in previous years, as well as operations of foreign-owned companies. The largest amount of direct investment still refers to Austria (2.78 billion BAM), Croatia (2.42 billion BAM) and Serbia (close to 2.19 billion BAM).
Given the activities, the highest balance of foreign direct investment is in the field of financial services (BAM 3.67 billion), followed by telecommunications (BAM 1.74 billion) and wholesale trade (BAM 1.41 billion).
In accordance with the audit policy and based on additional data collected in this year’s survey, along with the publication of data for 2020, data audits were also conducted for the previous two years.
(1BAM = 0.51EUR)