The political crisis is having a negative effect on the business sector in the country
The board members of Organisation of Employers of Macedoniaon the meeting in hotel Meriot organized by project-Promoting social dialogue (funded by EU and implemented by ILO) says that the major political crises problems will certainly adversely affect the
Macedonian economy. Employers are aware of the current situation the country is in, of the political
instability, and we know that these election results will bring further longterm
instability until a solid government has been formed, but on the other hand we want to use this period for our own activities,
to see all the activities of our members, their notes, and be ready to immediately present the new
government with proposals.
Domestic companies in this passing year lost precious time to achieve more
significant growth, and the reason for it is the political crisis and the failure of institutions.
Employers expect that soon after the elections the institutions will start working at full capacity.
“Thus they can review and approve our proposals arising from the needs of the business sector. We
are confident that we will find solutions that will increase competitiveness, create new jobs and new
opportunities for the development of companies in important sectors such as tourism, agriculture,
manufacturing industry and other branches. Otherwise, next December we will be talking about
another lost year,” said the president of the Organization of Employers of Macedonia (OEM) Angel
Dimitrov at last for this session of the Board of the OEM. According to him, if the political crisis
continues, it will bring into question both domestic and foreign investment. “Not businessperson will
invest in new projects, and it will affect the growth of the economy,” he believes. He added that
employers expect a new government to form soon and the institutions to start functioning. “We are
aware that currently the chances that we will get a stable government are very slim. It would be
possible only if we had a broad coalition. I don’t know if our politicians can reach such a solution, but
I can confirm that the first to suffer will be new investment. The decisions of foreign and domestic
investors in times of such political instability are very hard. No businessperson will invest significant
funds in a new project in this political climate,” Dimitrov stressed.
At the last board session they assessed the passing year and formulated proposals that will be submitted to the Government and trade unions for consideration and
adoption next year. On the employers’ agenda are more legislative changes as well as new measures,
such as introducing a new model for payment of seasonal workers’ contributions – a socalled
daily vouchers model, stimulating young people to not leave the country, requiring urgent reforms in the
educational system, then providing scholarships for students at certain technical sciences faculties,
introducing compulsory internships in schools, introducing compulsory subsidies to domestic
manufacturing companies and the like.