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Investment Reform Index 2010

Monitoring Policies and Institutions for Direct Investment in South-East Europe

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Using an innovative methodology, the Investment Reform Index 2010 (IRI 2010) monitors investment-related policy reforms in the economies of South-East Europe and compares these to best practices in the OECD area. Based on inputs from governments, the private sector, independent experts and multilateral organisations active in the region, the IRI 2010 assesses policies and institutional settings in eight fields of policy critical to domestic and foreign investors. These are: investment policy and promotion; human capital development; trade policy and facilitation; access to finance; regulatory reform and parliamentary processes; infrastructure for investment; tax policy analysis; and SME policy. For the economies examined, the IRI 2010 provides an independent and rigorous assessment of investment-related policy settings and reform against international good practice, guidance for policy reform and development and an evidence base with which to facilitate prioritisation of donor activities supporting investment and growth.

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Investment Policy and Promotion

Overall, South-East Europe (SEE) economies scored very well in the investment policy and promotion dimension, as seen in Figure 1.1. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia received scores between levels 3 and 4. This represents progress in developing investment-related legislative frameworks and investment promotion services. The Republic of Moldova and Kosovo lag behind the aforementioned SEE economies and need to focus on improving services in areas such as investment promotion.

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