National Bank (HNB) governor Boris Vujcic has said Croatia should not be happy with a 2% GDP growth, as it is a relatively low growth rate compared to other eastern European countries, adding however that it is a good thing that the growth is based on healthy foundations and underscoring the central bank is consistent in protecting the exchange rate of the national currency.
GDP is growing on healthy foundations because exports are growing and not only consumption as it has been the case so far, Vujcic told Croatian Television on Sunday evening. It is also good that together with the public debt, all other debts are decreasing as well, Vujcic said.
He voiced optimism, underlining however, that reforms were necessary in all sectors -- the public administration, judiciary, the health sector, education.
He underscored that the deficit, according to the central bank's projections, would drop below 3%.
Vujcic also stressed that more efforts needed to be invested to increase GDP in order to improve the country's credit rating.