2015 is passing by with reduced unemployment, increased economy, improved exports and increased public and government debt.
According to the State Statistical Office (SSO), the economy grew by 3.43% from January to September compared to the same period last year - in the third quarter the growth was 3.5% in the second 3.2% and 3.5% in the first.
These results are below the initial projections for increasing economic activities of over 4%. The domestic political and the economic crisis are the main reasons why Macedonia has these figures are still solid.
"In 2015 there were a lot of challenges which the Macedonian business community faced. The economic growth of around 4% that we had designed was not realized because we have a revised figure of 3.2%, which we expect to end the year. We had external and internal influences. It was not only the political crisis that had quite an impact on the stability of the economy. There was one crisis spilling over from business partners from the region and Europe, but also had a stake migrant crisis " assessed by Mrs. Danela Arsovska, President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce.
December 30, 2015
The Association of Business Women in Macedonia organized a presentation regarding the results of the three-year regional project "Women's entrepreneurship engine for job creation in Southeastern Europe."
The project was implemented from 2012 to 2015, and in it, except for Macedonia, included Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Turkey and Moldova. The presentation was attended by the President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Mrs. Danela Arsovska.
The conclusions of the conducted research, among other things, puts emphasis on young women and girls, and points to the need for their involvement in technical and natural sciences, especially the IT sector. Young women represent a powerful potential for the world economy, says the final document project whose bearers were the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning of Southeast Europe and the Initiative for Sustainable Development, under the coordination of the Regional Cooperation Council.
December 28, 2015
In a TV Interview for Lider, the President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Mrs. Danela Arsovska talks about the effect of "Buy a House for Youth"
What are the expectations and opinions of the "Buy a house for young people"?
Macedonian Chambers of Commerce views all these projects from a business perspective and in any event the project is to be welcomed because it will activate the construction which develops itself with another 25 other sectors. We hope to have positive effects and results, as they had previously with "Buy a House, Buy a Flat" and will ensure that existential question for the citizens.
Will you be included as a Chamber, specifically, the construction sector in the project?
We were active participants and fairs in the previous project, in this project, "Buy a house for young people". It is moving in a direction of construction, but as I said, in the direction of the other sectors and projects, production and trading of building materials and many others.
What do you think were the effects from the previous project "Buy a House, Buy a Flat"?
KKKS had very positive effects, the first effect is the one that motivated the banks that placed loans that have lower interest rates, also, there was value added tax for the construction sector, and construction companies were actively involved.
What will be the effects on the overall economy?
We know that construction has a dramatic impact on economic growth, despite the industry in the past few years were drivers, they will be in effect in 2016, and we hope that companies will take advantage of these opportunities.
December 26, 2015
A meeting of the Management Board took place in the premises of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (MCC), which chaired by Mrs. Danela Arsovska, President of MCC.
The members of the Management Board of MCC, after the adoption of the minutes of the previous meeting, reviewed the reports for the activities of MCC in the past 2015.
Companies members of the Management Board provided constructive suggestions and conclusions aimed at improving the business environment.
December 25, 2015
Increased activity aimed at reducing the unfair competition which is a serious problem for the development of the national economy is the purpose of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce and the Inspection Council of the Republic of Macedonia.
"Through the new project control inspection services in unquoted entities we will jointly work towards reducing unfair competition, which is detected as one of the biggest problems of the domestic economy and is one of the reasons that economic growth is a partial stagnation in recent years . We are aware that we should start with the application and implementation of the law to prohibit and prevent unregistered activity that was adopted last year and will be a step towards greater economic growth, "said Arsovska after signing the memorandum.
December 22, 2015
Increased activity aimed at reducing the unfair competition which is a serious problem for the development of the national economy is the purpose of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce and the Inspection Council of the Republic of Macedonia. The Memorandum, which is the basis for increased cooperation for the members of the MCC, as well as in the promotion, implementation and improvement of inspections in the Republic of Macedonia, was signed by the President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Mrs. Danela Arsovska and the President of Inspection Council, Mrs. Irinka Koseva.
"Jointly we will work towards reducing the unfair competition and gray economy, which is a big blow for companies through a new project for control of the inspection services in unquoted entities, especially now that a practical application of the Law on prohibition and prevention of unregistered activity should be implemented. We must not allow registered companies, sole traders, craftsmen, who obey the laws, pay taxes, meet the standards, properly report and pay their workers, to suffer from unregistered entities that are part of the gray economy, "said Arsovska.
Also, of great importance is the news that will be implemented in 2016 at the request of members of the Board of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, which refers to the beginning of the project Inspection Council which will prepare checklists for detailed information on companies in sectors necessary documentation, regulations and requirements to meet to conduct business as to avoid failures due to insufficient information.
The Inspection Council carries coordination of the work of inspection services, formation and management of working groups, training and monitoring of the implementation of methodologies and working procedures of inspection services, reviewing and giving opinion on annual work programs of inspection services, and many other activities.
December 22, 2015
The migrant crisis, political crisis in the country and the economic unstable situation in Europe are the main threats to the projected economic growth next year. The business - sector projects positive 4 percent, but has reservations about the realization which will depend on the success of our entrepreneurs.
The problem with migrants, the economic downturn in the environment and political situation in the country will significantly reflect the business, as evaluated by the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce. They expect solid economic growth, which will still depend on a number of factors.
"Our projections for 2015 unfortunately did not materialize, somewhere around about now revised 3.2%. For the next year there were some initial projection of 4% which, again, we're not sure whether we will manage to reach that percentage point, is because we do not know how you are taking those additional factors affecting "said Mrs. Danela Arsovska, President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce.
December 18, 2015
Five categories of managers in small and micro enterprises are the winners of the award "Entrepreneur of the Year 2015", as the ninth consecutive year organized by the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (MCC), the Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation, the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia and the National Center for development of innovation and entrepreneurial learning.
President of MCC, Mrs. Danela Arsovska noted that entrepreneurship is a lifestyle choice, courage, daring everyone to make a step forward, not waiting help from someone else.
"We remain committed to constantly monitor innovation and provide support especially for small enterprises many of which failed to grow into medium and even large," said Arsovska.
Traditionally, this year the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, the Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation, the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia, National Centre for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning awarded the prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" recognition to the most successful entrepreneurs of micro and small enterprises in the Republic Macedonia.
In the category of small enterprises, the first prize went to Tomo Gjorgjieski and Peter Vasileski, managers of the company Laminati Kom, and the second to Dejan Trajcev, manager of the company Deni Milk from Kocani.
First prize in the category micro enterprises was awarded to Eljmedin Ademi, manager of the company Screen Media, and the second to Vladimir Josifovski, manager of the company Kala Plakat.
In both categories, the winners received statuettes and vouchers.
This year the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Macedonia awarded a special award for the best woman entrepreneur of 2015. The recognition belonged to Aneta Mustafoska of the company Isiglas Skopje.
The awards were presented by the Minister of Economy, Mr. Bekim Neziri, the President of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Mrs. Danela Arsovska, the President of the Assembly of the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia, Mr. Kasam Zendeli, the CEO of the Macedonian development foundation of enterprises, Mrs. Tatjana Lazarevska and Prof. Dr. Radmila Polenakovic of the National Centre for Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning.
The prizes are awarded for the 9th time, and the goal is to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in the country by promoting successful examples. The Sponsor of the event is the saving-bank Moznosti.
The pre-selection of "Entrepreneur of the Year - 2015" was made based on data from the Central Registry of the Republic of Macedonia. In fact, 48 micro and small enterprises in the period from 2012 to 2014 have realized growth based on number of employees, total income, profits and investment. The final selection included entrepreneurs who expressed interest in submitting data through questionnaires, field visits, analysis and scoring, according to predetermined criteria (commitment to its own training and a training of its employees, marketing and growth strategy, investments in research, development and innovation, etc.) and selected for the best.
INFORMATION ON THE WINNERS
Tomo Gjorgieskii, Peter Vasileski, Laminati Kom, I award in the category of small enterprises.
Although founded as a trading company in 2002, Laminati Kom already in 2005 started production and processing of composite materials and engineering plastics.
Given the situation in the domestic industry, the managers of Laminati Kom re-oriented foreign or European market where they are well positioned and where products are already recognizable.
In 2014 the collective counts 48 employees who are committed to innovation. In the last three years they have introduced four new products or processes, including: storing the pipes in a procedure called wet Vilament Vajding technology; machining numerical CNC machines; manufacture of composite materials based on carbon fiber in epoxy resins of higher working temperatures and produce pultrudirani composite profiles. Glass, paper, tekstofen are brands of Laminati Kom.
Dejan Trajcev, Deni Milk, II prize in the category of small enterprises
Deni Milk from Kocani is a small company founded in 2007 to wholesale dairy products and processed milk. Six years later, in 2013, the owner of the company recognized the opportunity and replaced trade with the production of composite products for the replacement of cheeses and cheese produced from alternative raw materials - all under the brand Balkans. Deni Milk developed its own distribution network throughout the Republic of Macedonia enable their products to be available everywhere, thanks to contacts with abroad in 2014 and realized export.
A total of 13 employees, today under the brand Balkans produce: composite products for reprlacing Balkan white cheese for cottage cheese, Balkan lights, Balkan cheese on toast and cream Rear cream. They recently developed a new product to replace the cottage cheese with peppers.
Eljmedin Ademi, Screen Media, I award in the category of micro enterprises
Screen Media is one of the leading outdoor advertising in the country. Established in 2008 and then evolving and committed to increase market share. It consists of team of seven professionals offering clients a wide range of solutions for advertising. With years of experience and commitment to high quality standards, Screen Media is the leader in innovation and customer satisfaction. The detailed offer of products, expertise in successful strategies for outdoor advertising and open access, enabling you met the specific needs of advertisers, from the smallest independent businesses to large multinational corporations. Screen media expands business in vertical integration through investment in its own printing plant and planned involvement in the field of "bus advertising" and advertising in airports.
Vladimir Josifovski, Kala Plakat, II prize in the category of micro enterprises
Kala Plakat is a micro enterprise established in 2006 on advertising in the media. Spreading business in Kala Plakat had in mind that outdoor advertising is very effective, especially in small countries. Therefore, they provide through megalights advertising, billboard advertising Citylight facilities in Skopje in Macedonia. "The customer comes first" - that is the slogan of Kala advertisement clearly states that want to increase the results you expect their customers, whilst enabling direct contact with customers.
In 2012, Kala Plakat advertising object Citylight introduced as a new product which sets extremely frequency of pedestrian zones.
Constant increase in demand, the increased number of customers, the volume of physical setting and confidence of many well-known marketing agencies and clients from all walks motivate staff in Kala poster to realize greater results and to profile among potential new customers.
Aneta Mustafoska, Isiglas, recognition for the best woman entrepreneur of 2015.
The company Isiglas of Skopje is a family business for construction craftsmen and playing services primarily for making glass facades, all types of thermoplastic and services for processing and editing of all types of glass. They started as a small company with 2 employees in 2002 and soon developed into a modern company with a capacity of 1,800 m2 of glass processing, sophisticated machines and 24 employees. The company wholeheartedly decided things from the construction point of view and is always available for the customer needs. The quality of their services and products and customer satisfaction is their competitive advantage.
December 18, 2015
The new governmental project "Buy a House for Youth" is an additional incentive for all young people who have not solved this issue, to realize it at very favorable conditions. The project will further stimulate the construction industry which has already been on the rise, said today the President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Mrs. Danela Arsovska.
"We should strive at enabling construction to develop only by these infrastructure projects, but also by increasing personal consumption that will allow citizens to solve the housing issue," said Arsovska, answering journalists' questions after the award-giving Ceremony "Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 ".
Regarding expectations for economic growth next year, Arsovska emphasized that projections by the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce would be about 4 per cent, it is uncertain whether it will be realized due to current developments as the refugee and economic crisis and the political situation in Macedonia.
"There are many factors that will affect the projections for 2016. Our initial projection is 4 percent, but we are not sure whether we will manage to reach that percentage point because we do not know how additional factors that have an impact will develop - the migrant and economic crisis that hit the region, and the political situation in the country” noticed the President of MCC.
December 18, 2015