Presentation of the World Bank's Western Balkans Regular Economic Report. Spring 2024

15  April 2024    3:00 pm CEST

with Richard Record, Natasha Rovo & Megha Mukim from the World Bank

In cooperation with:

the World Bank 


Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche, Seminarraum im Souterrain, Rahlgasse 3, 1060 Wien


The semi-annual report provides an overview of the current economic situation and prospects in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia). As part of the ongoing green series, this edition titled "Invigorating Growth" focuses on greening cities in the Western Balkans.

This event is co-organised with the World Bank.



Richard Record is the World Bank’s Lead Country Economist for the Western Balkans. Based in Vienna, he coordinates the Bank’s engagement on equitable growth, finance and institutions across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Richard previously worked across a number of countries in the East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Africa regions, managing programs on macroeconomics, fiscal policy, trade and private sector development, including assignments based in Kuala Lumpur, Lilongwe, Hanoi and Vientiane. He holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in economics respectively from the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Manchester.


Natasha Rovo is a Senior Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice at the World Bank. Based in Washington, DC, her work ranges from support to development policy lending operations to analytical work on macro, fiscal and growth.


Megha Mukim is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. She is a Visiting Professor at the School of Economics and Finance at Wits University, South Africa. She has a PhD from the London School of Economics, and her graduate degrees are from the universities of London and Cambridge. She has over 15 years of experience working on topics including, but not limited to, economic geography, trade, climate, industrial development, and poverty.


Richard Grieveson is Deputy Director at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw).

Branimir Jovanovic is Economist at wiiw and country expert for North Macedonia and Serbia. 

The presentation will be in English.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.