World Bank vice president for Europe and central Asia Cyril Muller on Tuesday completed his first visit to Croatia, during which he and World Bank regional director for European Union countries Arup Banerji held meetings with Finance Minister Zdravko Maric and Croatian National Bank governor Boris Vujcic, the World Bank's Croatia office said in a press release.
The World Bank officials also held meetings at the President’s and the Prime Minister’s offices and with the diplomatic community, "to discuss Croatia's reform agenda and reconfirm the World Bank Group's commitment and support to the Government's efforts."
“It is encouraging to see the positive growth prospects of Croatia and the commitment of the Government to the challenging and much needed reform agenda,” Muller said. “Croatia should focus on speeding up reforms in the areas of public finance - including more efficient public service delivery - as well as investment climate and private sector growth."
Since joining the World Bank Group in 1953, Croatia has benefited from its technical and financial assistance, the latter totalling up to US$3.5 billion. The World Bank Group remains committed to supporting the government’s fiscal adjustment agenda through structural reforms at sector level, increasing the competitiveness of the economy and maximizing the benefits of becoming an EU member, the press release said.