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The Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion of the Republic of Macedonia took part in the business forum France - Balkans 2018, held in Belgrade from 30th May to 1st June, 2018, organized by the Agency for Foreign Investments of France "Business France" and the Embassy of France in Macedonia. Business forum was organized in order to help companies from the Balkans find potential partners from France, in the area of: agroindustry, infrastructure, energy, with a focus on renewable energy sources, information technologies and tourism.
Besides experts, managers of large world corporations, representatives from the government sector and public institutions, the business forum was attended by owners of large production companies from France, which is present in the Balkans, as well as businessmen from 12 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.
The participating companies at the business forum, including twenty companies from Macedonia, had the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with potential business partners from France in the area of: distribution of French technologies / products / services on the domestic markets; procurement of new equipment and technologies from France to improve domestic facilities; finding French partners for jointly applying tenders; finding a French partner for investing in increasing and expanding production capacities in the Balkans as well as finding a potential partner for joint appearance on third markets.
Panel discussions on significant topics for the development of the business climate between the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU were held at the plenary session of the Business Forum. At the round table on which the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion of the Republic of Macedonia took an active part, it was discussed about deepening the cooperation in the area of investments between the French companies and companies from the Balkans on topics of agribusiness, energy, infrastructure, automobile sector and digitization.
This was a great opportunity to present the success stories of the Republic of Macedonia in the part of foreign investments. The interest of the French companies about investment opportunities, as well as the export potential of Macedonia was especially emphasized.
Representatives of France at a business forum announced new investments in the Balkans, as well as their greater openness and cooperation with all countries in the region.