Macedonian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Meeting
Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:03
“The Macedonian and Bulgarian businesspersons will strengthen the economic cooperation by implementing joint projects and forming joint small and medium enterprises. Administrative obstructions are already behind us, but the lack of infrastructural links remains a problem which must be overcome,” was stated at the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Macedonia-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.
Minister of Transport and Communication Mile Janakieski informed businesspersons that the government is persistently working on improving the business conditions. The electronic system for building permits will be launched in 2013, whereas three more industrial zones in eastern Macedonia will start operating soon. “In 2012 the trade exchange was slightly above 550 million leva which is less than in 2011 when it reached a billion. The decrease is most probably due to the economic crisis,” declared Bulgarian Ambassador to Macedonia HE Mr Ivan Petkov. He added that there is much room left for promoting the trade exchange between the two countries. His Macedonian colleague Blagoj Handziski said that the number of issued work visas has marked a two-fold increase. “This indicates to the fact that Bulgarian firms more often participate and win tenders in Macedonia in addition to their increased interest in investing here,” said Handziski. Chair of the Commerce Chamber Zore Temelkovski said that the businesspersons were not burdened with nationalist interests, but that they wanted to build a limitless business atmosphere. “The chamber must be renovated as a strong guarantee to the freedom of entrepreneurship and a motive for our political and cultural elite. We see the chamber as means for realising close, fast and efficient business contacts,” said Temelkovski.
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