SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 18,2008) - The Moody’s credit rating agency announced today that Bosnia’s current credit rating – B2 with a stable outlook – is to remain in the following period.In their 2008 report for Bosnia, Moody’s Investor Service explains that the rating reflects stable political and economic challenges for the country. The Bosnian economy continues to grow, but at a slower pace, and the government debt is moderate.
In the opinion of analysts, institutions of the Bosnian state are still weak, by both global and regional standards. The process of their strengthening is slow due to the country’s complex structure and insufficient amount of cooperation between different levels of government.
According to Moody’s, Bosnia’s financial strength is medium-grade, economic and institutional strength levels are low, and the country’s sensitivity to risks is high. 2007 was the fourth consecutive year of a fiscal surplus, and the Bosnian banking system is such that serious financial crises do not seem likely.
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