Jul 18, 2018

For the second year in a row, the Republic of Serbia is the world leader in the number of new jobs created per capita through FDI projects in 2017, according to the latest "IBM Global Locations Trend 2018" report.

Also, based on the number of new jobs created through FDI in 2017, Serbia ranked 6th among European countries, and 15th among all countries in the world.

According to the report, manufacturing activities in Serbia generate about 80% of all jobs created from FDI, mostly in the textile, automotive, chemical and electronic industries. In addition, the entire region of the Western Balkans is experiencing continuous high level of interest from foreign investors.

The general trend in the world regarding FDI is the increase in the number of projects by 10%, mostly thanks to the greater participation of smaller projects. On the other hand, the total investment activity, observed through the number of new jobs, decreased by 5%, with stagnation in Europe and North America, growth of 10% in Africa, while in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East it decreased by 10-20%.

IBM Global Business Services is analyzing investment activities worldwide, and by individual countries, with the focus on the number of newly created jobs.

"E&Y European Attractiveness Survey 2018"

Efforts in attracting new investments in the Republic of Serbia were also recognized by the new " E&Y European Attractiveness Survey 2018". Serbia has attracted a record number of FDI in 2017, and for the first time it is listed as one of the top 15 countries in Europe by the number of FDIs.

FDI Inflows in Serbia

According to the data of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) since 2007, net financial liabilities based on investment in Serbia are over 24.6 billion euros. For the entire year 2017 they amounted to 2.5 billion euros, while for the first four months of 2018 the amount of 917 thousand euros was recorded. The largest number of investments are from the countries of Western Europe, but also from the Near and Far East, USA, Asia.