The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
The report provides the third Review of the Republic of Croatia Under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). Policies under the SBA have sought to reduce Croatia's savings-investment imbalance and stabilize the external debt-to-GDP ratio. Executive Directors agreed that the main success of the program has been a fundamental improvement of Croatia's public finances. Executive Directors emphasized the need for fiscal actions to mitigate domestic demand pressures, tightening of prudential regulations to safeguard financial stability in the face of accelerating credit growth, and steps to restore the momentum of privatization.