Governor of Central Bank of BiH participated at 41st meeting of the Central Governors’ Club of Central Asia, Balkan Countries

March 28, 2019 5:00 PM

The Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (CBBH) participates in work of the 41st meeting of the Central Governors’ Club of Central Asia, Black Sea Region and Balkan Countries, being held on 24-25 March 2019 in Istanbul. 

Governor Softić was a speaker at the first session, dedicated to the topic of global economic and financial outlook, and his focus was the Balkan Region and its perspectives. With the main recommendation that the region should monitor global trends, but be focused on the EU and euro zone developments, the Governor specifically addressed the topics of the euroization, implementation of the reforms and building of more resilient financial systems.

Explaining the issue of focusing on the EU, Governor Softić stressed that the EU has been the main trading partner for most countries in the region, and that the whole region will feel if there are the eventual slowing down of Europe’s key economies. Furthermore, the whole region is strongly linked to the euro, either through the introduction of the euro as a legal tender or through monetary policy (currency board etc.). Besides, in most of countries in the region, banking sector is owned by international banks whose parent banks are headquartered in EU countries. „The fourth reason is that all countries from the region are: either EU members, or EU candidate countries, or like Bosnia and Herzegovina potential candidate country. Thus, either the whole region already applies EU rules, or prepares itself to introduce them“, stressed Softić.

The Governor also emphasized that it is hard to project the economic crisis and that a country cannot influence itself much on its external environment, but, still, there are plenty of things that could be done internally. “Each of us in own country, can do our best to make our economies and financial system more resilient to potential shocks”, said the Governor, adding that the key of success is to work continuously on carrying out the reforms and strengthening the system in times when the situation is stable.

As an example, the Governor stated that it is necessary to consider not only the systemic stability in our own country but ones of our neighbors, too. Nevertheless, it is necessary for the central banks to prepare continuously for the crisis, and to work out the potential scenarios and proper ways of acting in that moment. „Although we cannot forecast the crisis, we can work on raising resilience on it“, said Softić, Ph.D., underlining that it is particularly necessary to become focused on financial innovations (FINTECH) and on their risks to which the attention was not paid yet.

In addition to the session addressed by Governor Softić, the 41st meeting of the Governor’s Club has considered the issues of the central banks’ governance and central banks’ communication aimed at more efficient implementation of monetary policy.

Central Governors’ Club of Central Asia, Black Sea Region and Balkan Countries brings together the governors and other senior officials from the world of monetary policy and finance to exchange views on current issues and further improvement of mutual cooperation.

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