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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.

February 9, 2012

Skopje - Today the USAID Youth Employability Skills (YES) Network project launched new activities in Stip to enhance the employability skills of youth.  The project is working with the municipality to help people aged 15-27 become more competitive in the labor market and ultimately secure employment. 

January 31, 2012

Skopje - Today, the USAID Youth Employability Skills (YES) Network launched new activities in Prilep to help young people gain the necessary skills to participate in a modern and rapidly changing economy. 

January 31, 2012

Skopje - To help agribusiness companies learn about opportunities available on the Macedonian financial market to address their financial needs, the USAID AgBiz Program today in Kavadarci held a matchmaking forum, How to Access Finance and Alternative Sources of Finance. 

January 20, 2012

Skopje - The Employment Service Agency (ESA) today re-opened its Job Club in Bitola, following renovations and improvements supported by USAID.  The USAID Youth Employability Skills (YES) Network Project provided new furniture, IT equipment, books and other resource materials.

“The USAID YES Network also provided training on Work Readiness Skills to the Job Club staff who will provide career coaching and soft skills training to the registered unemployed,” said USAID Mission Director Robert Wuertz.

January 1, 2012
Start date: January 1, 2012                         
End date:   December 31, 2015  
Project budget:  $300,000            
Implementer:   Crimson Development Foundation (CDF)

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