Industry, construction, agro-business are in the focus of the Macedonian-Greek Business Forum, taking place Saturday in Skopje. The two-day gathering is organized by the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (SSK) under the auspices of the US Colombia University.

There is great potential for cooperation between the businessmen of both countries, SSK President Danela Arsovska said, opening the event. ‘SSK encourages the business ties between the economies of both countries. To that effect, in 2015 SSK signed the first cooperation agreement with Greece since Macedonia’s independence at the inaugural bilateral business forum in Thessaloniki. There are great potential for cooperation between the businessmen of both countries.

We believe that today’s forum will yield concrete results in establishing new and strengthening the existing partnerships, joint projects and presentations on third markets,’ Arsovska said. Minister in charge of foreign investments Zorica Apostolska expressed believe that the government’s plan for economic development would provide favorable climate for the business sector.

The relations between the two countries are getting better when priority is given to their economic ties, Greek International Business Association (SEVE) chairman Kyriakos Loufakis said. Greece is one of Macedonia’s biggest trading partners. Total exchange in 2016 was at EUR 598 million.

Professor David L. Phillips, Director, Program on Peace-building and Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, spoke about the importance of the cooperation of the two chambers working for the economic benefits of the two countries.

Greek companies have up to date invested in Macedonia’s banking sector, oil, textile industry and trade.