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Italian companies interested in Macedonian infrastructure projects

Italian companies interested in Macedonian infrastructure projects

Skopje, 12 June 2018 (MIA) - Interest for investments in Macedonia is rising because of the friendship, European approach, reforms and perspectives of the country, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after the opening of Italian-Macedonian business forum on Tuesday.

PM Zaev said the Government is committed to the realization of the gasification process through construction of the gas distribution network, but also the country's involvement in the TAP gas pipeline.

He referred to the projected development of the road infrastructure, the construction and overhaul of 800km of roads across Macedonia worth EUR 270 million, allocated from the national budget and the loans from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank.

The PM encouraged Italian construction companies to apply at tendering procedures and be part of the new chapter in the construction of Macedonia's road, railway and gas distribution network.

Italian Ambassador Carlo Romeo said Italy is providing enormous support to Corridors 8 and 10, with its share exceeding EUR 125 million in recent years.

He stressed that Italy possesses the required know-how in this sector and is present in more than 90 countries, at nearly 700 construction sites, and investments worth more than EUR 90 billion.

Skopje Mayor Petre Silegov said the Macedonian capital requires new infrastructure, with an international tender for planning of the viaduct over the Vardar river and tunnels under the Skopje Fortress.

"The City and its public transportation enterprise have been working on the procurement of 30 environment-friendly buses using gas as fuel. In addition, we are seriously contemplating the procurement of electric buses, thus significantly reducing air pollution in Skopje," said Silegov.

The business forum brings together 15 Italian companies, including the Italian State Railways and the three largest associations from the construction and energy sectors, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ik/16:52

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