Wirtschaft Mazedoniens - Економија на Македонија - Economy of Macedonia (Rep. of)
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Construction companies will increase salaries up to 70 %
MAY 13, 2014BY ALEKSANDRAIN MACEDONIACOMMENTS
Construction companies are looking for quality staff. Some of the recent announcements about 1,500 people for the construction of highways have ended.
According to information from the companies, at least three times more people than necessary applied, indicating that the attractiveness of the construction sector is returning, which means possibility of wage increasing. President of the Chamber building in Chambers of Commerce, Sead Kocan said the major infrastructure projects financed by the state will not only create jobs but will help to increase the wages of construction workers up to 70 %.
“800 people have applied to the announcement released by TRANSMET and we are looking around 200 workers, but we do not know whether the applicants are jobless or looking for better job. It is a fact that skilled workers are already demanding higher wages”, says Kocan to Leader.
Last month, Granit announced advertisement for hiring 670 builders, and almost at the same time Beton announced advertisements for 280 workers and TRANSMET for 235 workers, but also the Chinese company Sinohidro announced advertisements for 300 workers. They will be engaged in construction of highways Miladinovci – Stip and Kichevo- Ohrid, and according to announcements, the period of engagement would be from six months to three years.
However, according to construction companies problem can arise in finding qualified staff.
“There is deficit of labor for some positions, some specific positions do not have enough skilled personnel. We consider hiring foreign experts, but most of the stuff will be from the country” Kocan says.
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Construction of biogas plant in Kichevo
MAY 20, 2014BY KRISTINAIN MACEDONIACOMMENTS
In the industrial zone “Ivanidol 2″ Kichevo yesterday began construction of factory for the production of biogas investment of citizen of Kichevo who is temporary working in Switzerland.
The capacity of the plant is producing about 3,000 cubic meters of biogas per day and its worth is over one million.
At the ceremony for laying the foundation stone was present and Mayor of Kichevo Fatmir Dehari.
- Setting the foundation stone for the factory shows that we are moving in the right direction and development of the municipality will move with quick steps. Such facilities besides contributing to the environment are important for the development of the economy, because the plant will employ a lot of people and would reduce unemployment in Kichevo and beyond, said Dehari.
REM – largest mall in Tetovo opens in June
MAY 20, 2014BY ALEKSANDRAIN MACEDONIACOMMENTS
The mall REM in Tetovo will be opened in about 30 days, with renowned shops, entertainment, restaurants, playroom, and content for all ages. This is company Renova’s investment which is worth € 40 million.
The mall is part of a unique REM multi- purpose complex, located just 700 meters from the center of Tetovo, between the two main boulevards, which include a hotel and residential units.
Several international and domestic brands will operate in the mall, such as Carrefour supermarket, the Italian fashion chain Gruppo Fiori, Mega Fashion, Arcadia, Extreme intimao, Office Plus, Penti, Lamas and Giovanni USA, Matt Starr, Kimiko, Top Shop, Anhoch, PS Fashion, Golden Rose, Elixir perfumery, Amphora confectionery, Donner Dajti, Meridian pastry and pizza, boutique Emona, Swarovski Elements jewelry, kitchen appliances Elipso etc.
In REM complex beside the mall with an area of 19,000 square meters, there will be a luxury 5 star hotel with 12 floors, panoramic restaurant on the top floor of the hotel, 146 apartments and 400 parking spaces, on total area of 60,000 square meters.
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Economic Chamber of Macedonia: Metallurgy Industry Is Facing Serious Problems
May 20, 2014, Tuesday @ 15:20 in Business » INDUSTRY | Views: 20
The Economic Chamber of Macedonia says the metallurgy industry has been in a crisis for six complete years. Photo:Vlatko Perkovski
Macedonian metallurgy is facing serious problems. There is no continuity in the production process in almost all plants and market conditions are not favorable. There are no positive signals at all, Utrinski Vesnik daily conveys the sector’s representatives assessments.At a press conference held at the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, metallurgy experts said the export is barely maintained at last year's level.The results are not only devastating for the industry, but reflect on the overall economy."The first quarter of this year is not favorable and success is lower than last year. If the industrial production index in January-March was 103, in the metallurgy sector, it was 96.5 with the basic metals, and 97.4 with ore extractions," said Mitko Kocovski, President of the Metallurgy Association.
According to Kocovski, metallurgy companies at the moment are fighting for continuity in production that will lower their expenses and will ensure competitiveness."The current situation is a consequence of the economic crisis which has particularly hit Western Europe, a region where we export the most. To invest nowadays is very difficult, and the effect of the investment before the crisis cannot be felt now," Kocovski stressed.This industry is in a crisis for six whole years, he added. Since 2007, production has double decreased.Answering a journalists question, Kocovski underlined that some of the plants have received delayed deadlines, 6 to 7 months, to install the environmental protection equipment.At the press conference, it was announced that the upcoming metallurgist congress will be held in Ohrid, starting May 29 and will run through June 1. The President of the Macedonian Union of Metallurgists, Sveto Cvetkovski, said that they expect to discuss matters of essence and offer solutions to surpass problems. Regional cooperation will also be focal at the congress. A large number of domestic and foreign experts, including from Finland and Turkey, have confirmed their participation.
- See more at: Economic Chamber of Macedonia: Metallurgy Industry Is Facing Serious Problems - Independent.mk
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Foreign investment to promote Macedonian textiles
20/05/2014An investment of $400 million would create one of Europe's biggest textile factories.
By Biljana Lajmanovska and Menekse Tokyay for Southeast European Times in Skopje and Istanbul -- 20/05/14
An investment announced by textile giant Weibo Group is the latest project funded by foreign companies who are expending resources in the Balkans and using EU-member aspirant countries as routes to reach European Union markets.
|Macedonia hopes to be home to Europe’s biggest integrated textile production facility. [AFP]
The $400 million investment will include construction of four facilities in Rankovce, in Macedonia's northeast, and create one of Europe's largest integrated textile production facilities.
Weibo, headquartered in Guangzhou, China, is financing the deal primarily with Turkish capital. It said it selected Macedonia for investment because of the country's low labour and production costs and its considerable experience in the textile industry.
The company chose Macedonia over Turkey because of its location and the company's ability to initiate such an investment there, said Selcuk Alperen, president of the Weibo Group.
"Macedonia is at the centre of Europe. It would be possible to reach European countries, Russia and even the US from this region," Alperen told Hurriyet.
Alperen also said the Macedonia facility will produce well-known global brands as well as the company's own brand.
The Weibo Group focuses on producing shirts, jackets, suits, coats and pants.
Officials said they plan to sell the products produced in Macedonia -- between $600 million and $800 million annually -- in Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, Japan and the US.
Macedonian officials said the government expects great returns on the investment.
The integrated production facility will provide employment opportunities and economic growth, and will have a positive impact on wages, said Vladimir Pesevski, deputy prime minister of Macedonia.
"When unemployment rates decrease in an area, the companies operating there are practically forced to offer higher wages to keep their employees," Pesevski told SETimes.
Weibo will create 5,000 jobs in Macedonia and an additional 2,000 in companies related to its work.
Another reason Weibo chose Macedonia is the country's excellent relations with Turkey, said Anastas Dzurovski, an economics professor at the State University in Bitola.
"Besides the cultural relations and traditional ties, Turkey's general policy is to focus on this region. Of course … lower labour costs, low or no taxes and a high level of investment protection also have made Macedonia attractive for Turkish investors," Dzurovski told SETimes.
Turkish businessmen have invested about 1 billion euros in Macedonia, primarily in the food, construction and services sectors.
The region has had many integrated textile facilities dating back to the 1970s, said Hasan Hosben, head of the Macedonian-Turkish Business Council under Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK).
"Textile is a main manufacturing branch in Macedonia. Now, thanks to the free-trade agreements that it made with various countries, production in Macedonia has a potential to reach over 650 million people, especially in the near areas, within a very short timeframe," Hosben told SETimes.
Other Turkish entrepreneurs are active in Macedonia through small-scale textile boutiques.
How will foreign investment in the region help improve the region’s economy? Share your opinion in the comments space.
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Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria to set up Joint Securities trading Co. in Skopje
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Bulgaria, Macedonia and Croatia have created a joint company to integrate trade in security, Novinite.com reads.
The joint project has received financial support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The institution will be based in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, according to a statement by the Bulgarian Stock Exchange quoted by the website Investor.bg.
Ivana Gazic, who chairs the board of the Zagred Stock Exchange, described the move as a plausible answer to their efforts "to improve visibility and efficiency" of the three markets.
Cooperation could also lead "other regional exchanges to joining in the future," according to her Macedonian counterpart, Ivan Shteriev.
Bulgarian Stock Exchange Director Ivan Takev, for his part, views the joint initiative as a way to attract investors on a regional basis.
World Bank: Macedonian economy grows
MAY 26, 2014BY KRISTINAIN MACEDONIACOMMENTS
According to the latest annual report of the World Bank at the Republic of Macedonia is recorded economic growth of 3.1 percents of GDP.
And in other countries of Southeast Europe economies is recorded growth of 2.2 percents on average for 2013 due to growing external demand.
According to forecasts by the World Bank in 2014 in Macedonia is expected real GDP growth to 3 % and in 2015 to 3.5 % .
The economies of Southeast Europe, the report says, began its recovery from the recession in 2012 with growth of 2.2 percents on average in 2013, according forcasts in 2014 in the region is forecast growth of 1.9 % and 2,6 percents in 2015.
- The growth in Republic of Macedonia compared to other countries is quite strong. Macedonia had the strongest growth in the first half of 2013 and finished with the second highest growth rate in 2013. The biggest driver of growth was the recovery of the industry and good agricultural year, said Doherty Demland, representative of the World Bank.
For the future, we project quite strong economic growth, said Demland, but the long -term strengthening of structural reforms would be important to sustain growth.
- Structural reforms can be associated with strengthening the export sector, as this will be the driver for future growth, strengthening linkages between the export sector and the domestic economy by improving the business environment and mitigate the differences in the skills gaps in the labor market. Companies have difficulty-finding people with the right skills in the market, concluded Demland.
The main risks for the 2014 World Bank allocate in changes in oil prices and lower growth in the euro zone and as risk factor is mentioned enlargement of the global interest rates but it is not expected to have major impact.
From the World Bank warned that the devastating floods in mid-May in Serbia and BiH will have impact on the economy in some neighboring countries in the next few years, but has not been evaluated how it would be acted in that direction.
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Turkish “Yagyemezler” to build textile production plant in Macedonia
MAY 26, 2014BY ALEKSANDRAIN MACEDONIACOMMENTS
Turkish company Yagyemezler will build textile production plant in TIRZ “Prdejci” in Gevgelija.
Yagyemezler will open a textile fabric factory and will employ 250 people.
- The plant in Gevgelija will produce bands of various textile products for foreign markets. We have already chosen location in the technological zone ad after obtaining consent we will start with the preparation of the construction of the plant, said the business owner, Güngör Kaya, who emphasized that the connection between Gevgelija and the Thessaloniki port were crucial to invest in TIRZ “Prdejci”.
Mayor Ivan Frangov says investment activity clearly confirms the favorable business climate offered by Gevgelija.
The Turkish company has been present in Macedonia for 13 years with the confectionery plant in Stip.
GDP growth of 3.9 percent in the first quarter
Gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year grew by 3.9 percent, according to the State Statistical Office.
Growth was recorded in several sectors. It rose by 13.7 percent in construction, by 4.7 percent in financial intermediation, activities related to real estate, renting and business activities, other community, social and personal service activities and by 3.3 percent in wholesale and retail trade, motor vehicles repair, motorcycles and personal and household goods.
Final consumption of households including non-profit institutions serving households, in the first quarter of 2014 is growing by 2.3 percent in nominal terms, and its share in the structure of gross domestic product amounted to 81.4 percent.
In this period, exports of goods and services increased nominally by 14.3 percent, and imports of goods and services increased in nominal terms by 9.8 percent.
Unemployment in Macedonia continues to decline
The number of unemployed in the first quarter of the year was 272,115 persons. The unemployment rate is 28.4 percents and is for 1.5 percents lower than the first quarter of 2013, according to the State Statistical Office.
58.8 percents of the unemployed were men and 41.2 percents women. According to the age from 15 to 24 years 52.8 percents were unemployed, from 25 to 49 years 25.2 percents were unemployed, from 50 to 54 years 23 percents and over 65 years, 27.8 percents were unemployed.
Out of the unemployed, with no education are 3.719 people, with incomplete primary education 9394 people, 61,497 people with primary education with three years, with high school 24 276 people, with four years of secondary school 131 712 people, with post-secondary education by 3093 people and 38,425 people with high education.
In this quarter, 686,277 people were employed.
Telekom Austria expandiert in Makedonien
Labels: Investitionen, IT/Telekommunikation
Die Telekom Austria Group hat heute die Übernahme des größten makedonischen Kabelbetreibers blizoo Makedonien bekannt gegeben. Der Betreiber bietet neben Kabel-TV auch Festnetztelefonie und Breitbandinternet an. Über den Kaufpreis machte Telekom-CEO Hannes Ametsreiter bei der heutigen Bekanntgabe des Deals keine Angaben.
„Mit der Übernahme von blizoo schaffen wir es bereits im vierten Land innerhalb der Gruppe zum Komplettanbieter aufzusteigen“, so Ametsreiter. Der Telekom-CEO will nun möglichst schnell daran gehen, Synergien zwischen der eigenen makedonischen Mobilfunktochter sowie blizoo zu nutzen. Gleichzeitig will Ametsreiter die Konvergenzstrategie der Telekom nun auch in Makedonien umsetzen und Bündelprodukte aus Festnetz, Mobilfunk, Breitband und TV anzubieten.
|Telekom-CEO Hannes Ametsreiter (mitte) zusammen mit Kiril Trendafilov, CEO blizoo Makedonien (l.) und Nikola Ljushev, CEO der Telekom-Tocher Vip operator. (Bild: Dominik Schebach)
Bisher war die Telekom Austria in Makedonien nur mit ihrer Mobilfunktochter Vip operators vertreten. Diese hält derzeit bei einem Markanteil von 28%. Blizoo wiederum hat 63.000 Kunden, von denen 50.000 auch das Breitand-Angebot des Anbieters nutzen. Damit erwirtschaftete der Anbieter im vergangenen Jahr einen Umsatz von 10 Mio. Euro.
Die Übernahme ist der erste Zukauf in der Region nach dem Einstieg von Telecom Movil bei der Telekom Austria. Über die weitere Expansionsstrategie in Südosteuropa wollte Ametsreiter keine Aussage treffen. „Wir überprüfen alle Möglichkeiten, mehr können wir nicht sagen.“ Aber Potenzial für die Umsetzung der konzerneigenen Konvergenzstrategie sei auch in weiteren Ländern vorhanden.
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Price Levels Varied in 2013 from 47% of the EU Average in Macedonia to 140% in Denmark
In 2013, price levels for consumer goods and services differed widely across member-states, an Eurostat report reads.
Price levels at about 30% to 35% below the average were observed in the Czech Republic, Latvia and Slovakia (all 71%), Croatia (68%) and Lithuania (65%), and levels at about 40% below in Hungary (60%), Poland and Romania (both 57%). The lowest price level was found in Macedonia (47%).
Denmark (140% of the EU28 average) had the highest price level, followed by Sweden (130%), Luxembourg and Finland (both 123%). Price levels of 10% to 20% above the EU28 average were found in Ireland (118%), the United Kingdom (114%) and the Netherlands (110%), while Belgium and France (both 109%), Austria (107%), Italy (103%) and Germany (102%) had levels less than 10% above the average.
Spain (95%) was just below the EU28 average, while Greece (89%), Cyprus and Portugal (both 86%), Slovenia (83%), Estonia and Malta (both 80%) were between 10% and 20% below.
These data come from an article published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Clothing is one of the groups of products showing a smaller price variation among member-states, with Hungary (75% of the average) cheapest and Sweden (130%) most expensive.
Consumer electronics is another group of products where prices differed less among member-states, ranging from 86% of the average in Poland to 113% in Denmark, Cyprus and Malta. With the exception of Denmark (155% of the average), price differences among member-states were also limited for personal transport equipment, with levels varying from 81% of the average in the Czech Republic to 117% in the Netherlands. For restaurants and hotels, price variations were more significant, with price levels ranging from 47% of the average in Bulgaria to 149% of the average in Denmark.
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