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Bi-Weekly Report 20 April - 10 May 2021

13/05/2021 - Reports

Southeastern Europe and Mediterranean Emerging Market Economies; --Weekly Report

SERBIA
The IMF reached a staff-level agreement with Serbia on a new (non-financing) Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI)
Bank profitability in FY:20 was hit by COVID-19 fallout, mainly through higher provisioning charges 
The favourable macroeconomic outlook minimizes the challenges stemming from the upcoming expiry of the debt payment moratorium

ALBANIA
Incumbent PM E. Rama to serve a 3rd term after his Socialist Party won the April Parliamentary election 
In the midst of a 2nd COVID-19 wave, GDP rebounded in Q4:20 (up 3.0% y-o-y), due to supportive base effects, containing full-year contraction to just 3.3%
Strong post-earthquake reconstruction activity, together with positive COVID-19-related base effects, should boost GDP growth in FY:21

APPENDIX: MACROECONOMIC & FINANCIAL INDICATORS