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Singapur hat das beste Geschäftsklima
20. Oktober 2011 08:44
Das Geschäftsklima in Singapur blüht und gedeiht.
Österreich erreicht laut einer Studie der Weltbank nur Platz 32 - 13 EU-Staaten und Mazedonien liegen besser
Washington - Unternehmen treffen einer Studie zufolge nach wie vor nirgendwo auf bessere Bedingungen zum Geschäftemachen als in Singapur, Hongkong und Neuseeland. Österreich schnitt in der am Donnerstag in Washington veröffentlichten Untersuchung der Weltbank zum Geschäftsklima ("Doing Business 2012") nicht besonders gut ab: Es belegte Platz 32 und wurde damit nicht nur von 13 EU-Staaten - darunter das Euro-Krisenland Portugal - überrundet, sondern auch von einem der Shooting Stars des diesjährigen Berichts, Mazedonien, das sich vom 34. auf den 22. Platz verbesserte.
Im Vorjahresbericht "Doing Business 2011" hatte Österreich noch den 28. Platz belegt. Bester EU-Staat im Ranking ist heuer Dänemark auf Platz 5. Vor Österreich liegen zudem Großbritannien (7.), Irland (10.), Finnland (11.), Schweden (14.), Deutschland (19.), Lettland (21.), Estland (24.), Litauen (27.), Belgien (28.), Frankreich (29.), Portugal (30.) und die Niederlande (31.). Schlechter als Österreich schnitten unter anderem Spanien (44.) und Italien (83.) ab.
Die größten Fortschritte, Unternehmen das Leben leichter zu machen, erzielten im vergangenen Jahr Marokko, Moldawien und Mazedonien, heißt es in dem Report. Bei den großen Wirtschaftsmächten haben die USA (4.) die Nase vorne, Japan liegt auf dem 20. Platz. Weit abgeschlagen dahinter kommen China (91.), Russland (120.), Brasilien (126.) und Indien (132.).
Zwischen Mitte 2010 und Mitte 2011 setzten 125 Länder insgesamt 245 Reformen um, die Unternehmen das Leben leichter machten - 13 Prozent mehr als im selben Vorjahreszeitraum. In ärmeren Staaten zielten die Maßnahmen stärker als in früheren Jahren unter anderem auf eine Stärkung der Gerichte und Schutz von Investoren ab.
Bei Österreich strichen die Weltbank-Experten vor allem Verbesserungen im Insolvenzrecht lobend hervor. Besonders schlecht schnitt Österreich in der Teilkategorie Unternehmensgründung ab. Weil dafür acht Verfahrensschritte und 28 Tage erforderlich seien, liegt Österreich in diesem Bereich nur auf Platz 134. Einen Spitzenplatz belegt es dagegen bei der Durchsetzung von Verträgen (9.)
Die Experten der Weltbank und ihres privatwirtschaftlichen Investmentarms, der International Finance Corporation (IFC), berücksichtigten bei ihrer Bewertung beispielsweise, wie leicht es ist, ein Gewerbe anzumelden, eine Baugenehmigung und Kredit zu erhalten. Zudem floss in das Ranking ein, wie einfach Handel über Grenzen hinweg ist oder Verträge durchgesetzt werden können. (APA)
MINA Breaking News - British-Macedonian investment forum in London
British-Macedonian investment forum in London
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Macedonian Government delegation takes part Wednesday at the British-Macedonian investment forum, held in London-based "Painters Hall".
The delegation includes Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Vice Premier Vladimir Pesevski, Economy Minister Valon Saraqini, Ministers for Foreign Investments Vele Samak and Bill Pavleski, as well as director of Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion Visar Fida.
Opportunities for investing in Macedonia will be presented before British businessmen, with focus on projects in the fields of infrastructure, energy, mineral raw materials, and ICT.
MIA - Macedonian Information Agency - Gruevski: Macedonia offers favourable climate for running businesses -
Gruevski: Macedonia offers favourable climate for running businesses
Skopje, 19 October 2011 (MIA) - Macedonia is a favourable country for running business acknowledged by the World Bank through its Doing Business report in which Macedonia for several years in a row is put on top of the list of reformers and favourable business destinations. Our breakthrough has been also noted on the Forbes list. We are continuously making efforts to improve the business climate and working conditions, both for domestic and foreign companies in an attempt to allow economic development of the private sector and opening of new jobs. This will generate double benefits - both for a firm management and for the standard of Macedonia's citizens.
This was stated by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in his address at the United Kingdom - Macedonia Investment Forum, which is being held in London. The PM invited UK companies to visit and examine Macedonia's business climate in order to put the country on their map as a destination for running business.
He voiced his hopes that the excellent political ties with London, underscored by countries' alliance within NATO in providing world peace and democracy, would be followed by an advanced economic collaboration, with which UK would contribute not only to the development of Macedonia, but also of the region of Southeast Europe.
"The Republic of Macedonia has made vital economic progress. A year prior to the global economic and financial crisis, the highest economic growth was registered as well as the biggest influx of foreign direct investments. Economic growth was also achieved amid the global economic crisis, even though it was significantly decreased as a result of objective reasons," PM Gruevski stated.
The latest European Commission report, he added, is an additional recognition of the manner in which Macedonia was dealing with the challenges of the current economic situation in the world, because Macedonia's macroeconomic indicators showed better economic growth and level of indebtedness compared to the region.
Macedonia has a stable macroeconomic policy and its financial legislation is enhanced. Its years-long macroeconomic stability records low inflation which is 2% averagely in the past decade, country's public fiances are balanced with low budget deficit, there is stable foreign exchange course and low public debt (26% of GDP).
Gruevski also presented the series of reforms carried out by the government related to the labour market and its measures to boost employment.
The GDP growth and foreign direct investments have come as a result and represent a confirmation of the overall reforms aimed at improving the business climate.
"Through the improved business climate and activities promoting Macedonia as a business destination, we have managed to attract well-known foreign companies, such as Johnson Controls and Johnson Matthey. Following its latest economic recovery, Macedonia in the past four moths has been experiencing a mini-investment cycle - Johnson Controls have just started construction of its second plant in Macedonia and there have been investments by Italy's Teknohose, the US company Kemet Electronics, Russia's Protek Group and Indian company Samvardhana Motherson. Furthermore, four technological and industrial development zones are operational in Macedonia, two in Skopje and the others in Stip and Tetovo," Gruevski informed.
"I would like to emphasise that Macedonia's top priority, in political and economic point of view, is the vision of being part of the great European and Euro-Atlantic family, which will be achieved by becoming part of NATO and EU, which would be of great importance for the region and beyond," the PM said.
The United Kingdom, he noted, is a leader of the global economic and political processes and it has played an important role in supporting the development of Southeast Europe, its democracy, society, culture and economy. "I hope our generation will resume the traditions of bilateral cooperation and mutual assistance," PM Nikola Gruevski said addressing the London forum.
At the forum, Gruevski held talks with vice president of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Jan Fischer, to discuss government's EBRD-backed projects and possibilities for future cooperation.
MIA - Macedonian Information Agency - New EIB loan of EUR 50m for supporting SMEs becomes effective - FinMin -New EIB loan of EUR 50m for supporting SMEs becomes effective - FinMin
Skopje, 19 October 2011 (MIA) - By signing a loan guarantee documents on Wednesday, a EUR 50m-credit line of the European Investment Bank (EIB) for financing Macedonia's SMEs has become effective.
The Macedonian Bank for Development Promotion (MBDP) will allocate the funds through selected local commercial banks under favorable terms, Vice-Premier and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski said at a press conference.
"The Government has fulfilled its promise to realize this project - one of the crucial for supporting Macedonia's economy with fresh financial means, obtained under excellent conditions. This loan is significant in this period when the crisis in Europe is spreading and the banking sectors in the continent and our country are facing additional risks that make the access to funds rather difficult," Stavreski said.
He announced new EIB loan of EUR 100 as soon as 70% percent of this one was to be utilized.
"We shall do our best to set the next EUR 100m-tranche into effect, which will most probably happen in the first quarter of 2012," Stavreski said.
This credit line follows the EIB support of EUR100 million for SMEs, which financed over 300 projects and opened more than 2.000 new jobs.
The financing operations of the EIB, the long-term financing institution of the European Union, in Macedonia contribute to facilitating the integration processes with the European Union, and are aimed at helping the country to accelerate economic activity, reduce unemployment levels, and improve the quality of life of its citizens.