Deepened cooperation as regards FDIs, implementation of activities as part of 2020-2021 Bilateral Cooperation Programme, as well the measures, being undertaken so as to cope with the health and the economic crisis, were discussed at today’s meeting between Minister of Finance Fatmir Besimi and the Netherland’s Ambassador, Dirk Jan Kop.
– In 2019, foreign trade with the Kingdom of the Netherlands grew by 24.8% on annual basis, while in the period from beginning of this year until July, 4% drop was recorded compared to the same period last year. This was a result of the health and the economic crisis affecting the whole world. The situation in all spheres is extremely serious, however, we are actively working on measures and policies that will provide for reducing the blow on the economy, with a positive growth next year already, provided that the epidemiological situation does not worsen, Besimi said at the meeting.
Ambassador Jan Kop personally handed over a letter to Minister Besimi from the Netherland’s Minister of Finance, thereby emphasizing that they both wished him success and prosperity.
The Ambassador stressed that he saw an opportunity for progress as regards Dutch investments in North Macedonia, as well as trade between both countries. The Netherlands, as he said, was the second largest global exporter of food, seeing this area as an opportunity to enhance the cooperation, particularly given the favourable conditions for food production in our country.
During the last decade, inflow of FDIs from the Netherlands amounted to EUR 378 million, accounting for 13.2% of the total FDIs in out country.
As regards 2020-2021 Bilateral Cooperation Progamme between the Ministries of Finance of North Macedonia and the Netherlands, in the coming period, depending on the general global situation, activities should be implemented, pertaining to internal audit improvement, macroeconomic projections, public procurement, digital budget, etc.
In fact, our country belongs to the group of countries that share Dutch Constituencies at the World Bank, IMF and EBRD.