- Monday, July 17, 2017 2:55 PM
Skopje, 17 July 2017 (MIA) - Macedonian small and medium enterprises will have the chance to apply at the third call for hiring foreign experts in domestic companies by July 29.
Vice Premier for Economic Affairs Koco Angjusev said Monday that 96 companies have used this service thus far.
Surveys show that 78 percent of companies are satisfied from the measure, while 90 percent would take part in the project again.
"This is a project aimed at helping Macedonian companies to raise their capacities and knowledge in order to be more competitive at the global markets. The essence is know-how transfer from foreign experts towards raising the level of technology use", said Angjusev.
The project has already improved and expanded technological processes, created products and production processes, and implemented operating standards.
"In their remarks, foreign experts have said that Macedonian companies lack proper operating structure, competences are not delegated, meaning that the corporate management mentality needs to be raised at a higher level, efficiency needs to increase, losses have to drop, accompanied by reduced pressure on employees and increased competition among them", added the Vice Premier.
Angjusev highlighted the government's intention to put Macedonian companies on an equal footing with foreign ones regarding subsidizing, along with the continuation of projects contributing to the increase of competitiveness of domestic firms.
He urged companies to seize the opportunity and obtain precious experiences from foreign experts, in order to improve their operations, structure etc.
Swiss Ambassador Sybille Suter Tejada said her country is seriously committed to supporting Macedonia's economic development, adding that 14 Swiss experts are currently hired by Macedonian companies.
"The entrepreneurial spirit and potential of Macedonian companies is rather high", added Suter Tejada.
Ministers in charge of foreign investments Zoran Sapuric, Zorica Apostolska, Ramiz Merko and Adnan Kjahil urged companies to apply at the call, promising they would do everything in their power to improve their competitiveness.
Retired experts from Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria have assisted Macedonian companies during the first two calls, with over 90 percent of the funding covered by the respective countries.
The project is intended for SMEs having 10-250 employees, operating for at least two years and having at least 51 percent domestic capital. ik/14:52
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