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Supporting the development of business cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Slovakia and the Czech Republic is the goal of signing the Memorandum of Cooperation between Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (MCC) and the Macedonian Slovakian Czech Chamber of Commerce.

During the official meeting at Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, on which a Memorandum of Cooperation between MCC and Macedonian Slovakian Czech Chamber of Commerce, led by President Mrs. Jana Marichakova, was signed, it was discussed future bilateral economic cooperation between companies in different countries, as well mutual promotion thereof.

The focus of the meeting was the development opportunities of mutual businesses in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Macedonia, promoting the Balkan region, tourism opportunities offered by it, as well as participation in international fairs and events in order to boost the companies members of the organizations to present to the European market. Also it was discussed about potential investments to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Macedonia, as well as cooperation of the three countries in several sectors such as food and processing sector, IT, construction sector, tourism and technology transfer.

The Czech Republic is an important trading partner of the Republic of Macedonia, in 2015 the exports were 26,394,947 euros and imports 69,803,546, while in the first four months of 2016, exports is 9,727,050 euros and imports 28,253,538. In terms of tourism, there is potential for a visit of a significant number of tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Macedonia.

The Slovakia, as a neighboring country of the Czech Republic, achieves lower trade with Macedonia in comparison with the Czech Republic. According to the State Statistical Office, in 2015, exports amounted to 60,585,926 euros, while imports 40,277,530 euros, thus Macedonia had a trade surplus in 2015. In the first four months of 2016, exports amounted to 17,931,517 euros and imports at 9,512,201 euros, thus continuing the trend of trade surplus in the trade with the Slovak Republic.

In addition, the meeting was focused on the relationship of the business sector in the three countries where further opportunities for cooperation and positive examples of its implementation were reviewed, as well as potential investments in Macedonia.

June 23, 2016