EXPORTS – TOP PRIORITY TO DEVELOP THE MACEDONIAN ECONOMY
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Presentation on the opportunities for export-oriented companies via the Private Sector Regional Integration Support Activity (PSRISA), implemented in partnership with USAID
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The Economic Chamber of North Macedonia continues to fulfil its strategic commitments through the promotion of activities that support the export capabilities and competitiveness of Macedonian companies. These efforts are carried out within the framework of the Private Sector Regional Integration Support Activity (PSRISA), implemented by the Chamber in partnership with USAID. The activity will extend for three years, ending in June 2025.

To this end, the Operations Manager, Mihajlo Donev, M.Sc., briefly presented the two main goals of PSRISA to export-oriented companies from the Eastern region (Shtip, Probishtip, Kochani, Delchevo, Vinica, Berovo):

  • To improve regional and international business cooperation of Macedonian companies with markets in the Western Balkans and the European Union.
  • To increase the competitiveness of export-oriented companies and integrate them into regional and global value chains.

The focus of the presentation was on the support provided to export-oriented companies through the activity. This support includes technical assistance in accessing finances, promoting digital transformation, preparing companies for the implementation of international standards, and developing export market strategies. In the first year, PSRISA provided support to 34 companies through various forms of technical assistance and participation in international trade fairs. Additionally, more than 80 companies from the Western Balkans region had the opportunity to engage in business meetings and advance regional integration.

Professor Dr. Darko Lazarov, the lead expert, presented the final results of the analysis identifying the export potentials and opportunities in the Macedonian economy, which was conducted as part of the activity. He pointed out that this analysis, conducted using the methodology of the International Trade Center (ITC), will assist Macedonian export companies in their efforts to increase exports of existing export products, both to traditional export markets and in expanding export activities by targeting new markets where they have potential comparative advantages. Professor Dr. Darko Lazarov presented the analysis of 10 selected export products from the Eastern region. He added that through this analysis, valuable information will be provided to Macedonian companies regarding opportunities available to them for initiating the production and export of new products with potential comparative advantages.

Four calls for support to export-oriented companies in building their export capacities were also announced during the event. These calls have already been published on the Chamber's website at: https://www.mchamber.mk/Default.aspx?mId=2&htmlid=921&lng=1.

These calls cover direct assistance to companies in the development of Export Strategies/Plans, digital transformation, implementation of international quality standards and circular economy practices, and technical assistance in accessing finances. Selected companies will receive technical support from consultants who are experts in their respective fields.

 

Companies from the Eastern region showed a particular interest in the current calls and the findings presented in the Analysis of Export Potentials of the Macedonian economy. They expressed their support for the activities of the National Export Council, a body formed by the Economic Chamber of North Macedonia in its first project year, serving as an advisory body to support and promote domestic export-oriented companies with the aim of increasing competitiveness and adopting a systemic approach to regional and international markets.

The overall goal of PSRISA is to achieve an improvement in the regional and international business cooperation of Macedonian companies with markets in the Western Balkans and the European Union, as well as to enhance the competitiveness of export-oriented companies and integrate them into regional and global value chains.

Chamber Informational department