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Partnership for Better Business Regulation
November 13, 2017

Partnership for Better Business Regulation is a four-year, $1.9 million activity to support micro and small businesses in Macedonia by helping improve their ability to comply with legal requirements and participate in MSME policy making

Second Edition of Speech4Teach
November 1, 2017

USAID's Readers are Leaders Project organized the second edition of its “Speech4Teach – Inspiration for Education” conference. Distinguished practicioners, writers, parents and children presented inspirational ideas on literacy and education. Among the speakers who shared their stories and ideas on education were Vesela Bogdanovikj, considered a Top 50 innovative educator worldwide, and actor Gorast Cvetkovski, who talked about his role as a parent in the digital era. The event commemorated ‘Book Month’ traditionally celebrated from October 15 – November 15 across schools in Macedonia.

April 20, 2017

USAID works with the Ministry of Education and Science to ensure that young students develop early reading proficiency and comprehension, students and teachers integrate across ethnic lines, and that there is an inclusive learning environment for students with disabilities. Since 2002, USAID has implemented programs in all levels of the education system - primary, secondary, and university.

April 20, 2017

Over the past several years Macedonia has introduced a number of economic reforms that have improved the country’s standing in global economic rankings. However, these reforms have not improved key economic indicators such as growth, jobs, and income, due to the frequency of the changes and the lack of consultative processes. Prior to the Eurozone financial crisis, GDP growth in Macedonia was half of its Balkan neighbors. In 2016, weak economic policy and political crisis contributed to a GDP growth rate of 2.4 percent, weak domestic consumption remains weak as incomes stagnate. While the unemployment rate fell to 23.1 percent, most new jobs are created with government subsidies. Entrepreneurship and workforce skills are not keeping pace with the evolving market which further inhibits growth. Although Macedonia is attracting foreign investments to its Technological and Industrial Development Zones, the overall investment level outside these zones remains low and private sector lending is not meeting demand.

April 20, 2017

The Republic of Macedonia separated peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. However, it is yet to complete political and economic reforms required for European integration. The 2016 European Commission’s Progress Report on Macedonia outlined a number of issues that the country must address, including weak checks and balances; rule of law and protection of human rights; as well as media independence and freedom of expression.

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