There is a solid basis for intensive economic cooperation between Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina – Republic of Macedonia - Bosnia and Herzegovina Business Forum in Skopje
Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:01

The political relations between the Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are excellent, but a more intensive economic cooperation is lagging behind and we must put more efforts thereto in the coming period, assessed the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, and the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Mladen Ivanic, at today's Macedonia - Bosnia and Herzegovina Business Forum, held in Skopje.

They concurred that there is a solid basis for intensifying economic cooperation and expressed readiness to create the legal framework in order to increase the trade between the two countries.

According to President Ivanov, the statistics show that B&H is the 20th trade partner of Macedonia, and the trade in 2016 amounted to USD 155.7 million and does not correspond to the high level of political, cultural and social relations that exist between the two countries.

- The visit of Mr. Ivanic and this Business Forum is an expression of the willingness of our countries and institutions to help the businessmen. We are here to open new perspectives, creating a new legal framework for concrete cooperation, to meet the needs of business entities and enable our people to continue to cherish the traditional friendship, President Ivanov stressed.

The Macedonian President added that there is a solid foundation for promotion of the economic cooperation, since the two countries share the major preconditions, such as mutual trust, recognized and accepted brands, as well as open and friendly markets.

In order to deepen the economic cooperation, Chairman Ivanic expressed hope that soon travel from one to the other country will be enabled with identity cards, with opening direct flights between Skopje and Sarajevo and with joint appearance on third markets for Macedonian and companies from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

- I believe there is mutual willingness to increase substantially the cooperation in the economic area between Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Macedonia have a relatively stable currency, we and you are part of the modern world, in both countries taxes are relatively stable and I think that there is really a large space for cooperation. There should be a more direct connectivity, Chairman Ivanic said, adding that without economic development, there is no political stability.

In the next period, the two countries are expected to sign agreement on economic cooperation and agreement on cooperation between the chambers of commerce.

In the presence of President Ivanov and Chairman Ivanic, an Agreement on cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the process of accession to the European Union was signed today.


President Ivanov attended the Easter liturgy in the Cathedral Church “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” in Skopje
Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:18
Ceremonial change of the national flag in the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia
Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:48
Debate on migrant crisis and respect for diversity in the Cabinet of President Ivanov
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:52

We will face migration during our whole lifetime. Therefore, we need to enrich our knowledge about other religions, other cultures; not to be afraid of them, but to communicate with them. We should not trust everything that produces fear, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, said at today’s debate entitled “Migrant Crisis and Respect for Diversity: the Essence of Decent Public Debate”, organized by the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Balkan Institute for Faith and Culture.

This forum is organized within the initiative “Spiritual Dialogues” launched by the President of the Republic of Macedonia, aimed at contributing to the implementation of the goals of the National Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia to the Alliance of Civilizations, particularly in the areas of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue and education.

In his speech, in which he addressed the humanitarian and security aspects of the migrant crisis, President Ivanov said that “People will have to face the fact that they need to talk, to communicate with others, with different, not just with people alike. It means we need to enrich our knowledge about other religions and cultures, not to be afraid of them, but to communicate with them”.

In his address, President Ivanov referred to the tradition of respect for diversity that exists in the Republic of Macedonia. “We have never had a tradition of tolerance, but we have the original tradition of respect. I respect you, so you respect me, too. It is a much higher philosophy of tolerance. We do not tolerate each other but respect. Throughout history people respected each other here. Hence, we managed to preserve all the different identities. Respecting others, you respect yourself. If you do not respect yourself, you cannot respect others? These traces have remained in our lives to this day”, President Ivanov said.

A guest speaker at the debate was Dr. Os Guinness, one of the most remarkable social commentators in the United States, who addressed issues related to the current migrant and refugee crisis and pointed to the need for real integration of diversity.

He referred to three issues related to migrant crisis: human dignity, state security and national identity. “Many countries today speak about terms like multiculturalism, political correctness etc. They all talk about diversity, but there is no real diversity therein. They offer freedoms for certain groups, but have not achieved real integration. It is a disservice to diversity because it only leads to tension. Therefore, we need leadership, courage and ability to communicate; we need a national understanding of what rights, obligations and respect are”, Dr. Guinness said, who is a frequent speaker and leader of seminars on political and business conferences in Europe and the US, and has addressed the British Parliament, the US Congress and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

The forum was attended by representatives of competent state, educational, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations that are actively working in the field of inter-religious dialogue, as well as representatives of religious communities.

Ivanov at the Eurasian Economic Forum in Istanbul: The crisis in Europe is also an opportunity for new solutions
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:43

This is the time when the whole world undergoes a transformation. Europe and Asia have never been better infrastructure, economy and energy-related. Yet, at the same time, Europe and Asia have never been so culture and civilization alienated, with the rise of xenophobia and fear of diversity, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, said at the opening ceremony of the jubilee 20th Eurasian Economic Forum, taking place today and tomorrow in Istanbul.

The Eurasian Economic Forum, which is traditionally held every year in Istanbul, is attended by current and former heads of state, presidents, prime ministers, ministers, prominent figures from social and political life, civil society and business communities from 40 countries.

The past several summits were dedicated to topics such as migrant crisis and terrorism. This year's topic of the Eurasian Economic Forum is "Humanity at a crossroads", and among the topics of discussion tackles the challenges facing the European Union.

In this context, at the opening ceremony of the forum, President Ivanov said that Europe remains a superpower of lifestyle. - And, although this superpower is now in crisis, we must not forget that the crisis is also an opportunity for new solutions, Ivanov said in his address.

Ivanov, in his opening address, emphasized the importance of this forum. - With its topics, debates and ideas, the forum influences the policies of the countries because it opens prospects and paves the path for cooperation between the countries and the economies of Europe and Asia, the Macedonian President said.

President Ivanov tomorrow will address the presidential session of the Forum. Organizer of the Eurasian Economic Forum is the Marmara Foundation, a group for economic and social research which aims to promote the relations between the EU and the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East.


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