USAID Investment Development and Export Advancement Support (IDEAS) Project

Start date:  December 28, 2010          End date: December 27, 2014    
Project budget (Life of Project):  $ 4.8 million
Implementer: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.


Improve the business policy environment to increase private sector investment and promote increased exports of Macedonian products. 


  • Improve Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Domestic Investment (DI), Export Promotion and Investment Aftercare Services – Support implementation of the Government of Macedonia’s (GOM’s) Industrial Policy for enhanced inter-ministerial coordination and streamlining of FDI, DI and aftercare.  Support implementation of the GOM’s export promotion strategy.
  • Enhance Public–Private Dialogue (PPD) - Develop and institutionalize stronger PPD mechanisms by establishing procedures, tracking the progress of issues, and expanding the use of e-applications for communications.


  • In cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, developed the Industrial Policy web portal ( that gives the business sector access to information on all available government support related to implementation of the Industrial Policy.
  • Helped 12 Macedonian companies build their capacity and conduct product and market development activities.
  • Through a range of business development activities implemented together with the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion (Invest Macedonia), helped 40 Macedonian companies participate in 9 export promotion events
  • Helped Invest Macedonia upgrade its IT infrastructure, develop a customer relations management system, and create an export matching portal (
  • Developed “Learning Export,” the first export guide for Macedonia, and gave in-depth training on this topic to 100 business service providers.
  • To enhance public-private dialogue on the national level, based on the principles of inclusiveness, competence and involvement of all stakeholders, helped re-establish the National Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness Council, upgraded the Unique National Electronic Register of Regulations (ENER) internet platform, (, and developed a guide on creating business sector policy papers to be used by policy makers at chambers of commerce and business associations.

Contact Information

Contact at USAID:  Meri Cuculoska, COR:
Chief of Party:  Aleksandar Sahov:
Information Officer:  Natasa Stankovik:

Last updated: February 26, 2013

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