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Macedonia is among top 10 economies in the world according to the latest World Bank Doing Business 2017 report - The 10th Best country in the world in the Ease of doing business and the 5th Best country in Europe right after Denmark, Norway, UK and Sweden.

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The Organization for best investment locations - "Site Selectors Guild" on a conference held in Tucson, Arizona in the United States, awarded this year's international "2017 International Best Practices Award" to Invest Macedonia for the great contribution to the economic development and best practices in the past decade of operation.

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- It is a great honor and pleasure to be nominated and awarded for the past ten years. Moreover, this global award comes from the hands of the renowned World organization for selection of the strategic locations for investment, which of course is an additional incentive to continue in the same direction with the implementation of the national strategy to attract foreign companies in the country by creating relevant and credible value offer for investment in our country, said the deputy Director of the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion of the Republic of Macedonia, Ivana Nikolik.

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The business forum was organized by the Cabinet of Ministers of Tatarstan, The Executive Committee of Naberezhnye Chelny, Kamsky center of cluster development of small and medium business of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kamsky innovative territorial and production cluster, Machine-building cluster of the Republic of Tatarstan, Company SIEMENS and Company KUKA ROBOTICS.

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The Agency for foreign investments and export promotion of the Republic of Macedonia through its economic promoter in St. Petersburg, Mr. Miroslav Trenchevski, took participation on the Forum.

On the first day, except meetings with companies from the automotive and machinery industry, Forum participants had the opportunity to learn more about the investment opportunities in Macedonia.

 The forum was attended by Minister of Economy of Republic of Tatarstan, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Tatarstan, the CEO of the Fund for Entrepreneurship Support of Tatarstan, Deputy CEO of the Executive Committee of Naberezhni Celni and several representatives of local and federal government.

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During the second day of the forum, except for meetings with companies from the automotive and machinery industry, was organized visit to the manufacturing plant of KAMAZ plant - one of the largest producers of heavy trucks in the world.

 

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Several major manufacturers of the automotive industry have shown interest to come to visit Macedonia, mainly companies for production of electric vehicles for public transport, the production of automotive components, manufacturing of trucks, new product in the process of patenting -the liquid fuel heater the purpose of electricity generation.

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As part of his visit to Belgium, the CEO of the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Visar Fida, took part in the Business Forum in Antwerp, organized by the Office of the Foreign Investment Agency in Brussels, which was attended by more than 100 companies from the region of Flanders, from different sectors including those in the automotive industry, logistics, IT, food industry, textile and others.

Apart from the participation in these events, the CEO Fida conducted intensive negotiations with some of the companies, for realization of their investments in Macedonia.

As a result of these negotiations, two companies have decided to invest in Macedonia, and another company is expected to confirm its investment in the last week of January.

One of the above-mentioned investments is from the textile sector, while the other is from the sector of logistics. In the folowing days, we expect the companies to come out with an official statement.

Today was held a cornerstone-laying ceremony for construction of purchase - distribution center for agricultural products. For this purpose the investor, Turkish company Atay Macht bought a land from the municipality with an area of 87 thousand m2 in the industrial zone of Ilinden.

"I am honored that today I can announce a new foreign investment as a result of two years of negotiations and favorable conditions for doing business in the country.With my great pleasure I would like to point out that the results of our work are visible, we expect that in a short time we will be able to announce new projects we are working on.With this investment project we expect our country to have a benefit from different aspects: create new jobs, logistical support,  indirect jobs and connect with domestic companies - suppliers, purchase of domestic production. For these reasons proudly announce the investment project and I welcome Mr. Atay Match in Macedonia.

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It's about building a new purchasing and distribution and logistics center in the industrial zone in Ilinden. Investment worth around of  5 million euros in the first phase , with a capacity of 7,000 tones and will employ about 30 people and for a short period of time will reach 100 people.I take this opportunity to welcome the owner, Mr. Atay Match and to wish you successful work. "- said the CEO of the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion of Macedonia, Visar Fida.

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PRESENTATION OF THE MACEDONIA'S TOURISM POTENTIAL TO THE NORWEGIAN TOURIST INDUSTRY

The representative of the international office of the Invest in Macedonia in Norway took part in the event of the Norway Network Forum in Tourism, hosted by ANTOR Norway - the biggest National association of the tourist offices, on 22nd October, enabling to the participants good networking and promotion of the tourism potentials. The forum was attended by representatives from various branches in the Norwegian local tourism industries and international offices from different countries

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Within the framework of the event, the economic promoter, Marija Gjosheva-Kovachevikj by direct meetings with businesses and media from tourism sector, used the opportunity to represent Macedonia as a very prosperity tourist destination for the Norwegian marketplace, highlightingthe potentialsin the development of various tourisms such as: lake, cultural, rural, and wine tourism, Macedonian cuisine as well the adventure tourism and others. In addition, information related to government incentives for attraction of tourists and attractive conditionsfor foreign investments in tourism development zones in the Republic of Macedonia were promoted.

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Norwegian tourism industry were particularly interested in Macedonia, currently not represented in the tourist offers, at the same time welcoming the recently opened direct WIZZAIR fly between Skopje and Oslo, and consider the need to further strengthen tourism cooperation between the two countries.

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Macedonian delegation of 8 companies led by Invest Macedonia  accompanied by Masit, on October 21 in Gothenburg, Sweden had the opportunity to hold business meetings with Swedish companies as well as companies from Serbia and Bulgaria.

These meetings are organized by Invest Macedonia by its promoter in Sweden, Mirjana Naumoska in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Stockholm, Sweden-Serbian Business Association and Business Region Gothenburg the second time organize a joint event where Macedonia and other countries in the case of Bulgaria, Serbia and Sweden jointly perform for increased business cooperation between states.

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Macedonian IT companies had the opportunity to participated a conference of IT Lindholmen Software Development Day in Gothenburg where they met with 600 different companies from the IT industry.

In addition to Swedish companies, meetings were held with 3 different IT Clusters and Associations to discuss possibilities for future cooperation and deepen existing between these countries said CAD.

“Macedonian companies had the opportunity to meet with three other IT clusters and associations to discuss possibilities for future cooperation and deepen existing between these countries”, said Naumoska.

 

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During this event Naumoska presented the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion as a partner to all companies that are interested for investing in the IT industry and all companies that are interested in outsourcing their activities in the country.

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The German company "Marquardt" officially opened its factory today in in the industrial zone Karaslari in Veles. In the plant, which has an area of 15,000 square meters, already has 170 of the planned 600 employees. The current investment is EUR 25 million and is planned to reach over EUR 35 million. The factory will produce high-tech parts for the German automotive industry, for Merzedes, Audi and BMW.

The new factory was opened by the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, the owner of "Marquardt Group" Harald Marquardt, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Vladimir Pesevski, the  Minister for Foreign Investments Vele Samak and the Mayor Slavcho Chadiev .

- This is the first major foreign investment in Veles and in general the first major factory in 20 years thet opens in this city, said the Prime Minister Gruevski.

Marquardt Group is a family enterprise headquartered in Germany. It is a manufacturer in the field of electro-mechanical and electronic switches and switching systems. Its systems are found in household appliances and other industrial applications. The company has over 6,500 employees worldwide at 12 locations in nine countries on four continents. The annual turnover is more than EUR 680m.