EU Accession - Financial Sector Opportunities and Challenges for Southeast Europe

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2005 - Business & Economics - 367 pages

A distinguished international group of central bankers, commercial bankers, entrepreneurs, academic advisors, policymakers, and representatives of development finance organizations and donor agencies, brought together by KfW, examines in this book the future of financial sector development in Southeast Europe. They explore ways to strengthen the banking sector in Southeast Europe, further promote SMEs, and improve access to financial services in the region. Experts and decision-makers assess the opportunities and challenges presented by the EU accession process and Basel II, and offer candid insight into the expanding role of the private sector in developing the financial landscape. The perspectives presented in this book will prompt discussion and intellectual exchange that will serve as a new starting point for further successful cooperative initiatives.

 

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Contents

Setting the Stage for Stability and Progress in Southeast Europe
7
The Scenario for EU Accession by Southeast European Countries
39
Infrastructure Finance Accession and Related Policy Issues in Southeast Europe
43
Making It Easier to Do Business in Southeast Europe
47
Financial Regulation for Stability and Protection in Southeast Europe
55
Financial Sector Development in Southeast Europe The Roles of EU Accession and Basel II
61
Implementing European Standards of Banking Regulation in Georgia
93
Issues Concerning Foreign Banks Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
99
Nonfinancial Obstacles to SME Financing in Serbia
219
Constraints to Business Development in Bulgaria and the Case for Action
227
Degrees of Competition in Serving Target Groups They May Be Closer than You Think
233
A New Approach to Business Development Services in Southeast Europe
239
Looking Ahead PublicPrivate Partnerships in the Financial Sector in Southeast Europe
243
PublicPrivate Partnerships for Financial Development in Southeast Europe
251
Replicable and Transparent PPP Models for Financial Sector Development
277
Using PPPs to Facilitate Transactions in Financial Markets
283

The Role of Foreign Banks in SEE
103
The Impact of Basel II on Banking in Albania and Southeast Europe
107
Financial Stability in Southeast Europe Basel and the Challenges Ahead
113
Bankers Perspectives Dynamic Banking in the Changing Market of Southeast Europe
125
Bankers Perspectives Dynamic Banking in a Changing Market
131
Evolution of the Banking Sector in Southeast Europe The Role and Business Strategies of Domestic Banks
163
Financing Small and MediumSized Companies
169
The Business Strategies of Domestic Banks in the Long Run SME Lending as an Attractive Market Segment
173
Building a Market Niche Also Builds a Market Opportunity Bank in Montenegro
179
Clients Perspectives on Access to Financial Services for Micro and Small Enterprise in Southeast Europe
183
Clients Perspectives Providing More Effective Financial Services for Micro and Small Enterprises
189
Access to Finance Issues and Opportunities in Southeast Europe
213
Sustainable Microfinance Banks IMI as a PublicPrivate Partnership in Practice
289
Opportunities for PublicPrivate Partnerships in Financial Sector Development
297
PublicPrivate Partnership Results in the Banking Sector in Southeast Europe
303
Microfinance Investment Funds An Innovative Form of PPP to Foster the Commercialisation of Microfinance
323
Summary and Conclusions
337
An Overview of Banking Financial Regulation and Access to Financial Services in Southeast Europe in the Context of EU Enlargement
339
Index of Names
353
Index of Countries
355
Index of Banks and Organisations
359
Index of Terms
363
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KfW has been involved in the financial sector development of the current accession countries for almost fifteen years. Since the mid-1990, KfW has been promoting the financial sector and private enterprise of Southeast Europe through its support of, and cooperation with, microfinance and commercial banks and microfinance NGOs.

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