➢ News (27.12.2006)
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The minister, Mr. Mile Janakieski on a working breakfast with the members of the Association of  Civil Construction, Building Materials and Non-metals Industries

Macedonian construction companies in 2007 will have larger work on “domestic terrain”, because the building up of huge infrastructure facilities will start. It concerns three dams, Corridors 10 and 8, reconstruction of Skopje Airport Petrovec, building up   of 1.000 social flats in the next three years in several cities in the country…. This was announced by Mr. Mile Janakieski, Minister for transport and communications to the leading men of the Macedonian civil construction. About the actual problems in this industry was discussed in Aleksandar Palace hotel in Skopje, on a working meeting organized by the Association of Civil Construction, Building Materials and Non-metals Industries within the Economic Chamber of Macedonia.

- The civil construction is economic development driving force, because it includes around 33 other branches and should be treated with a greater attention. In the  ninth month of the year were agreed overall construction works in the amount of around MKD 8,7 billion, out of which were realized about half  or  for around MKD 4,8 billions. It is done with the engagement of around 28.000 workers and average salaries of  around 9.869 denars or lower by around 27 percent in comparison with the average paid salary in the country – describes the situation Mr. Branko Azeski, President of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia. – We couldn’t be also satisfied with the construction activities abroad. The Macedonian civil construction’s   opportunities are far above the existing arrangements, and with support of the state agreed works that could be even greater. In this period are agreed construction works in the amount of around US$ 70 million, with a slight increase of around 5 percent compared to 2005.

Corridor 10, on which works starts in December, is in the amount of € 150 million. Out of which € 50 million are from the Greek Fund intended for the region, € 25 million from IPA funds, and the state takes care for the rest funds for this investment. For Corridor 8, in final phase is the preparation of a tender, and the minister Mile Janakieski advised the domestic construction companies “to search for foreign companies for joint appearances”. Mr. Branko Azeski once again opens the issues which are “old wounds” for the domestic construction companies. They are: the bringing of the Law for amendments of the Law on construction and the Law for amendments of the Law on physical planning, tender conditions and tender procedures, settling the obligations of the construction companies from the government institutions and banking guarantees.

- The amendments of the Law on construction are dragged out due to the great number of remarks, but we expect that it will “came out” from the Ministry at the end of January. The renovation of the Law on physical planning is completed and very soon it will enter into legal procedure – announced Mr. Mile Janakieski. – Also a new Law on public procurements is prepared, so the tender procedures will be realized on electronic way, and the human factor will be excluded and the possibilities for manipulations.

The minister expressed his convenience that by the entrance of two foreign banks, which are expected in 2007, the banking operation will be with higher quality and the interest rates will be decreased.
Relating to the surpassing of the problems with the obligations of the municipalities towards the construction companies it was stressed that with the starting of the process of control over the carrying out of the   legal provisions, and particularly by collecting the municipal services resources, it can be expected that this problem could be surpassed. The Minister promised that this problem will be again mentioned on the meeting with the mayors, with ZELS, but also with the Minister of the local self-government.
In the discussion on which participated large number of managers, were expressed the following attitudes:
           - in the segment of legal provisions, constriction companies are striving for urgent bringing of the amendments of the two laws (Law on construction and the Law on physical planning) and in compliance with the previously determined criteria, the licenses to be issued by the Economic Chamber of Macedonia;
           - governmental institutions and the local self-government should urgently settled their obligations towards the construction companies, because the non-settlement of these funds has direct over the development of the companies and their opportunity for purchasing of new machinery and equipment, but also getting into debt of the companies towards the state for VAT, salary contributions etc.;
           -concerning the banking guarantees, the using of the foreign expertise was emphasized, where the on the basis of the contract itself and the regular inflow of funds  the banking guarantees are issued;
           - in order to renew the personnel, especially in the sphere of direct workers, it is necessary to implement labor cost, respectively  hourly wage, by which unfair competition will be eliminated, particularly in the segment of prices of operations which are carried out;
           - in the segment of physical planning a funds were proposed which will be used timely by the municipalities in the preparation, of both, general, as well as detailed physical plans, in order to eliminate the current usurpation of space and unplanned construction.

At the end of the meeting were proposed the following conclusions:
           - The civil constriction to be among  the priority activities in the country, due to the fact that the civil construction is a driving force of the economic development of the country;
           - Municipalities` obligations which resulted from the realized construction works of the construction companies should be paid immediately, in order the construction companies to settle their obligations towards the state, because they have to purchase new machinery and equipment  which is  necessary for the company’s development and modernizing;
           - The process of denationalization should not be obstacle for investments in the country, for both, domestic and foreign investors, with greater control and transparency in the realization of the denationalization process.