Sector Specific Sources of Competitiveness in the Western Balkans

 

 

Date of publication
19 May 2009

 

 

  Recommendation for a Regional Investment Strategy

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Key findings and next steps (pdf)

 

The Western Balkan region benefits from a cost-competitive labour force and geographic and cultural proximity to EU markets.

 

However, cost competitiveness as a source of differentiation is not sustainable. Cost levels are increasing gradually in some sectors, reducing firms; profitability.

 

In order to sustain competitiveness, the Western Balkans needs to move up the value chain, from investing in automated technology to producing higher-quality goods and enhancing its human capital.

 

This report examines the apparel manufacturing, automotive components and business process and technology outsourcing sectors, focusing on market competitiveness factors, industry key success factors and policy recommendations.