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About the Agency

Our vision …

Central BiH Region – modern European Region.

… and mission

…is to improve the capacity of all stakeholders in an effort to improve the economic performance of Central BiH region through support in the use of funds for economic development and to support the development of small and medium enterprises in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the region and ensuring job creation.

General Information

REZ is Regional Development Agency operating in Central BiH Region within the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was established in May 2004. The platform for establishment of the Agency was partnership between governmental and non governmental institutions. The founders are 15 municipalities, 2 cantons, 15 business associations, 1 international organization and 1 micro credit organisation. Geographically, REZ covers 10.34% of BiH territory with approximately 600.000 inhabitants.

The office of REZ Agency is situated in Zenica, the geographical centre of the Region. Moto of the REZ Agency reads “towards REZults” and it is being applied in all aspects of its work.

Ultimate goal of REZ Agency is transformation of Central BiH Region into a modern European Region, as the words of the vision are there to spell it out.

Along with its founders and partners, REZ Agency has become one of the most important stakeholders of the regional development based on the principles of the integration process of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its way towards full membership in the European Union.


The activities of REZ Agency could be specified in two main groups:

  • Identified needs of municipalities, where prevailing necessity for further capacity building for project development, funds absorption, promotion and business infrastructure development, and
  • Support to development of SMEs through provision of business consultancy services, establishment of business linkages, support to export and investments, as well as promotion.

The tailor made services, synergy, best practices and cooperation with institutions and experts in different fields are the main principles of work related to:

  • Strategic planning
  • Strengthening capacity of local stakeholders
  • Strengthen competitiveness of the region
  • Human resources and employment
  • Interregional cooperation

All the the REZ Agency activities until the end of 2015 were in accordance with the strategic development directions defined by the document “Regional Economic Development Strategy for Central BiH Region 2009-2015”, where the potential for development was focused to the following sectors in which the Agency implemented large number of projects:

  • SMEs Development
  • Human Resources Development
  • Development of Infrastructure
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Tourism Development
  • Energy


REZ RDA and its associated programs rely on financial resources provided by the funders and organisations such are The Royal Netherlands Embassy, CHF International, Sida, EC Delegation in BiH and USAID.

Their support is extremely appreciated.