As tportal writes on the 3rd of January, 2019, The Banker, a magazine which belongs to the Financial Times group and is issued monthly, gave two prestigious awards of recognition to the Governor of the Croatian National Bank, Boris Vujčić, for the year 2018 – one as the best European governor, and the one for the best central banker on a global scale.
The Banker has been following various financial developments across the entire world since 1926. It has been declaring the best regional governor and governor of the year on an international level each year in its January issue, and the winners are based on the magazine’s editorial rating and research conducted among bankers and economic analysts.
Recognition from The Banker is guided by the criterion that the winners are those responsible for “stimulating growth and stabilising the economies in which they operate”. The recognition is awarded globally, as well as regionally – for Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Africa. The Banker also gave recognition to the former Governor of the CNB (HNB), Željko Rohatinski, back in 2008.
In the article published by The Banker on the occasion of the award to Croatia’s Boris Vujčić, his versatility was emphasised: “Seven years before Croatia’s entry into the European Union in 2013, he was the deputy chief negotiator during the successful candidacy of that country for joining the European Union. He was Deputy Governor of the Croatian National Bank and has been Governor since 2012. He has recently co-ordinated central bank management and the development of the Croatian strategy for joining the Eurozone with the chairmanship of the Vienna Initiative steering committee.”
The explanation further states that the Vienna Initiative, which is less known outside of the region, was launched in 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis with a view to securing the financial stability of emerging economies with markets in Central and Eastern Europe. There was a fear that the major Western and Northern European banks, which dominated the financial systems of these countries, would withdraw from lending and cause a catastrophic credit crunch. Since then, the Vienna Initiative has spread to seventeen countries in the region, as well as to international financial institutions, the European Commission, and to several major European lenders.
The Banker cites the role of Boris Vujčić and the Croatian National Bank in keeping hold of Croatia’s financial and banking stability during the recent Agrokor crisis. The article also highlights the public advocacy of the governor of the Croatian National Bank for structural reforms – particularly when it comes to education, in order to create market competencies that will dominate innovation and technological progress, as well as a smart immigration policy as one of the measures to address the problem of labour shortage which is currently enfeebling the Croatian economy.
Upon receiving the prestigious recognition, Boris Vujčić said: “I’m exceptionally honoured; this is a great tribute to the Croatian National Bank, and to me personally. This award is further motivation to me to continue working on our goals – price and exchange stability, so that every citizen of the Republic of Croatia knows, with certainty, that what they earn won’t lose value. We’re also thinking about Croatian companies and the security of their financial operations and financing possibilities. We will continue to monitor banks in order to maintain financial stability, as well as to improve consumer rights and information.
Success in achieving our goals contributes to creating a better environment for economic growth and the development of the entire country. And finally, we believe – and in this way we’ll communicate with all citizens and companies, inform and answer every question and dilemma – that our entry into the Eurozone can further stimulate economic growth and development, make our country stronger within European frameworks, and thus serve for the prosperity of every citizen of Croatia.”