Macedonia Program Updates

Last updated: January 31, 2018

January 29, 2018

Press freedom is under threat in the Balkans. Political-economic interests have captured much of the mainstream media sector through opaque ownership structures, direct state support, and consolidated advertising markets, substantially limiting competition in the media marketplace and the public’s access to objective, balanced reporting.

CEED Hub Skopje opening at a New Location
January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 - USAID’s Micro and Small Enterprises Project, co-funded by the Government of Switzerland, and implemented by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Macedonia, reopened CEED Hub Skopje at a new location – the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering campus at St. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje.   

Factoring and Business Ecosystem Project Launch
January 23, 2018

USAID launched two new projects -- the Business Ecosystem Project and Factoring Project -- that will support micro, small and medium enterprises access diversified sources of finance.

Launch of the project
December 26, 2017

The National Convention on the European Union in the Republic of Macedonia (NCEU) is a two-year, $222,280 activity funded jointly by USAID and the Slovakian foreign assistance agency SlovakAid.  The implementing partner is the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA), which will provide technical assistance in partnership with a local organization, the European Movement in Republic of Macedonia. 

December 26, 2017

The $700,000 Factoring Project is a new, three-year activity aimed at accelerating the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by increasing their use of factoring, a financial transaction in which a business sells a credit-worthy accounts receivable (usually an invoice) at a discount--generally equal to the interest plus service fees--to a financial services firm.