6/3/2019
WORKING MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED PRODUCTION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER ZAEV, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ANGJUSHEV AND THE DIRECTOR SO FPRO AND THE CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION

The companies of TIDZ and of the industrial green zones with draft measures and recommendations for the promotion of the business climate

The companies that work in the technology and industry development zones and in the industrial green zones delivered requests for improving the conditions for doing business in the country at a working meeting with the Prime Minister of RNM, Zoran Zaev, the Deputy Prime Minister Angjushev and the directors of PRO and the Customs Administration Sanja Lukarevska and Gjoko Tanasoski, respectively, that took place on May 28, 2019 in the premises of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia.

As Viktor Mizo, president of the Association of foreign companies with technologically advanced production within the Foreign Investors Council within the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, pursuant to the survey conducted among the companies- members, an integral document was prepared that contains all the key priority and draft measures defined stating the highlighted real challenges with which the companies face on the basis of positive business practices and comparative experiences in this area with which they think that their work will be more efficient, while certain  administrative procedures will be simplified.

Initiatives and set of priorities of the economic policies were raised from the point of view of foreign investors and additionally proposals were delivered for facilitating the working in specific areas (tax and customs policy, labour relations, educational system, labour force, state assistance, etc.) with the objective to stimulate more dynamic investment of the foreign capital in the country, expanding the existing capacities and creating additional jobs- stated Mizo.

WORKING MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED PRODUCTION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER ZAEV, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ANGJUSHEV AND THE DIRECTOR SO FPRO AND THE CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION

These initiatives are of particular importance for the work of the companies themselves and they are also sources of changes of the legislation that promotes the business conditions for all foreign companies regardless whether they are located in or outside the free economic zones. This is an indicator that the foreign companies take care of the free economic zones. This is an indicator that the foreign companies take care of the improvement of the business climate in the country and their long-term objective is to stay in the country and to open new jobs, which will simultaneously make other foreign companies decide to come to Macedonia, seeing the experiences of their colleagues that invested in the country.

The Prime Minister Zaev greeted the initiative of the representatives of the foreign companies, emphasizing that he meets part of them in other occasions and stated that the Government is determined and dedicated to continue this type of life of systematic approach that is of great importance for finding flexible solutions and expressing the possibilities that the country undertakes with the objective to help the companies.

“Your success, your profitability, which confirm our hopes that you will expand the production and will continue to be the biggest motivator for attracting foreign investments in the country, is of great state interest”, stated the Prime Minister Zaev, highlighting that the successful results of the companies help to increase the gross domestic product (GDP) and the interests are common with the sole purpose to improve the economic parameters even more and to raise the standard of living of the citizens.

The Deputy Prime Minister Angjushev stated that the Government remains open to hear the needs of the company and that it will have a regular dialogue with all the companies with both foreign and domestic capital, in the interest of the economic development of the country and raising the standard of living of the citizens.

WORKING MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED PRODUCTION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER ZAEV, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ANGJUSHEV AND THE DIRECTOR SO FPRO AND THE CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION

“The Government is focused on the support of the industry, construction, agriculture and growth of the trade, as an accompanying branch to the previous three, with the objective to achieve greater rates of economic growth. Having into consideration that as a country we do not have natural resources such as oil and gas and the tourism is a branch that has relatively limited growth potential, the Government is dedicated to giving strong support to the industry to create better conditions for doing business in the country by creating high quality legislation and by constructing high quality infrastructure”, stated Angjushev.

As Jelisaveta Georgieva- Jovevska, PhD, Vice-president of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, stated, the dedicated work of the attraction of new foreign investors and of the maintenance of contacts with the existing investors, and of the support of the domestic companies to be included in the supply chain of the multinational companies should be continued in the future, believing that these meetings are a good possibility to exchange opinions and stances that will become a platform for a permanent channel of communication with the Government and that a system for maintaining regular consultations at a quarterly level will be established where the companies can express all irregularities, inconsistencies and irrationalities of the existing regulation, while the Government is to undertake the obligation to review them and state their stance about the businessmen’s remarks.

Currently, the Association of foreign companies with technologically advanced production consists of twenty two foreign companies of the technology and industry development zones and of the industrial green zones of the whole country. In 2018, the companies- members of this Association employed about 20 thousand employees and have annual incomes of over 2.5 billion euros.

WORKING MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED PRODUCTION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER ZAEV, THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ANGJUSHEV AND THE DIRECTOR SO FPRO AND THE CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION

These foreign companies have a particularly great influence in the overall economic growth of the country by creating new and well-paid jobs, by increasing the productivity of the workforce, providing access to new technologies, development and adoption of modern managerial skills, financial stability and general well-being of the society.

Vlatko Stojanovski