“Changes to the Election Law are today the issue of all issues for Croats, who are the least common people in BiH, said BiH Presidency Chairman Dragan Čović in a greeting speech on the traditional evening of members and friends of the Bosnian Croat Association ‘Ring,’ branch of Djakovo.
‘We have the right to demand that we be a constitutive equal people in BiH, the Constitutional Court’s decision that legitimate representatives of constituent peoples have to represent their peoples in the BiH Presidency and in the Parliamentary Assembly will have to be carried out.This is not the question of any individual, any political option or any political party – this is a question of the Croatian people, its survival, both in the Republic of Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina,’ said Čović, said the association ‘Ring.'” (translated from Klix)
“Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak will participate in Kuwait at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition for the Fight against IDIL.
On February 13, 2018, Minister of Foreign Affairs of BiH Igor Crnadak, at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kuwait State, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, will participate in the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition for the Fight Against ISIS, held in Kuwait.(translated from Klix)
“The International Monetary Fund said on February 9 it is unlocking the second tranche of around €75mn of a three-year loan deal for Bosnia & Herzegovina that has been frozen for a year as Sarajevo failed to make the required reforms.
Although Bosnia’s two entities – the Muslim-Croat Federation and Republika Srpska – desperately need the cheap funds from the IMF, political disagreements have frozen key reforms for a year since the international institution finally put the three-year stand-by agreement on hold in January 2017. So far, Bosnia has only received the first tranche of the 36-month deal, which was signed in September 2016 and is supported by a SDR443.04mn (about €550mn) Extended Fund Facility (EFF).
However, at the end of 2017, Bosnian politicians finally managed to put their disagreements aside and complete the IMF’s requirements. This is also expected to unfreeze much-needed international financial support from other sources.
‘The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first review of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economic performance under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The completion of the review will make available SDR63.4mn (€74.6mn) to [Bosnia] under the EFF, bringing the total funds available to SDR126.8mn (€149.3mn),’ the IMF said in a statement.
The IMF required Bosnia to adopt changes that would increase excise duties on oil. Bosnia’s two entities are also required to adopt budgets for 2018, while the state-level parliament must adopt new law on deposit insurance and the government of the Muslim-Croat Federation is required to finally launch due diligence at two of its telecoms companies, BH Telekom and HT Mostar.” (bne IntelliNews)
“The Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mektic and his accompanying delegation arrived here today on a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
They were received at King Khalid International Airport by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Dr. Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al-Daoud and a number of the Ministry’s officials.” (al-Riyadh Daily)