Several Belgian companies interested in investing are expected to visit Macedonia in the next two to tree months. Their visits are expected to result in new investment and job creation. Several belgian companies interested in investing are expected to visit Macedonia in the next two to tree months.

Their visits are expected to result in new investments and job creation.
Investment
opportunities in Macedonia were presented at the Business Forum in Antwerp, Belgium. Delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Zoran Stavreski, presented the conditions for doing business in Macedonia before 100 and so Belgian leading companies.

Companies expressed large interest in investing, and it is expected for some of them to also visit our country in the next period so as to get assured in the conditions Macedonia offers to foreign companies. Low tax burden, favourable administrative conditions, skilled labor force and sound logistic and infrastructure are the reasons due to which Belgian companies showed interest in investing herein.

Visit to the Flemish part of Belgium, i.e. Antwerp, was a success, where around 100 companies attended the Business Forum. I am very satisfied with the fact that the companies were pleased with the presented conditions for doing business. It is a matter of a rich region, one of the regions with the most successful companies in Belgium. Thus, there is interest in the conditions Macedonia offers, such as low tax burden, favourable administrative conditions, tax exemption in the zones, skilful labour force and sound logistics and infrastructure, as well as the opportunities our country provides, where reforms for business climate improvement are continuously implemented, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski said.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Stavreski, presence of “Van Hool” in the Republic of Macedonia, as an important Belgian company, contributes to attracting investments from this region, since the companies are aware of this successful investment story in the Republic of Macedonia.

I expect for several companies to visit our country in the next two-three months, based upon the discussions we had with the businessman and their interest and for some of these visits to result in new investments and job creation, Stavreski underlined.

According to the owner of “Van Hool”, the Government’s approach to business and the quick resolving of the problems are the main reasons due to which more and more foreign companies decide to invest in Macedonia. Positive business climate is surely the main reason, and the continuous investments and opening of new plants of the already present investors speak in favour thereof.

We like the Government’s approach to business. We have a direct access to the authorities and whenever a problem occurs, it is immediately resolved. Business climate is of course very positive. We work with full capacity. New investment program was launched two days ago, so we plan to further invest in Macedonia. In the meantime, we also persuaded other Belgian investors to visit Macedonia, and some of them have already decided to invest therein. Having the same mentality is a good thing. I am especially pleased with the fact that there are skilled and flexible workers, Philip Van Hool, owner of the company “Van Hool” said.

Belgium is among the ten biggest trading partners of Macedonia. Trade with this European country continuously increases from year to year. Trade with Belgium in the first 10 months of this year amounted to US$ 155.9 million, US$ 101 million out of which was related to the export from Macedonia. Last year, trade surged by 9.6%, while export from Macedonia to Belgium grew by 3.4%.

 

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