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January 30, 2015

Distinguished guests, I’m honored to be here today to speak about the fight against corruption, an issue that is increasingly vital in Central and Eastern Europe. Looking around the room, I see that we are a diverse group – civil society, government officials, journalists, judges, diplomats – and everyone cares deeply about combatting corruption. We also share profound concern about the people and the future of Macedonia, and are committed to working together in the fight against corruption.

In our interconnected world, the harmful impacts of corruption are global – it is a massive tax on the private sector, which in turn hinders poverty reduction and limits global growth. The World Bank estimates that people around the world pay more than $1 trillion in bribes every year. That’s right, a one with 12 zeroes behind it; a number which is difficult to comprehend. The European Commission recently found that corruption costs the European Union as a whole 120 billion euros every single year. That’s more than 10 times Macedonia’s GDP.

October 30, 2012

Skopje - The USAID Youth Employability Skills  (YES) Network Project today opened career centers in the Mirce Acev and Gjorce Petrov secondary schools in Prilep. These are 2 of the 25 school career centers that USAID has helped to renovate and equip in 6 municipalities. USAID provided new furniture, IT equipment, books and other resource materials valued at U.S. $5,000 per school.

October 18, 2012

Skopje - On October 18th in Tetovo, USAID launched its Small Business Expansion Project (SBEP) in the Polog Region. The project’s goal is to work in collaboration with the private sector and local government institutions to drive regional and local economic development, and In Polog, it will initially focus on agriculture, rural tourism and construction.

October 3, 2012

Skopje - Today, USAID launched the Project for e-Accessible Education to increase opportunities for students with disabilities by fostering the use of assistive information technology in instruction as a tool for gaining better education and inclusion of students with disabilities in regular classes.

September 27, 2012

Skopje - Today, 63 entrepreneurs, owners of small and micro businesses in Macedonia, will be recognized for successfully completing the Entrepreneurs Class implemented by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Macedonia with support from the USAID Micro and Small Enterprises Project.

August 29, 2012

Skopje - The USAID project Improving Energy Efficiency for the Low-Income Housing Sector is helping residents of low-income housing in Kumanovo to lower their energy consumption and costs, as well as to strengthen their homeowners associations.  Today, the Mayor of Kumanovo, Mr. Zoran Damjanovski, and Project Director Zoran Kostov of Habitat for Humanity Macedonia signed a memorandum on their cooperation in implementing the project.

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