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Developments in SEE – Investments, Trade and Prospects

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How can the region increase its potential for trade integration and attractiveness for foreign investments?

Boosting investment in infrastructure is a key part for increasing SEE investment profile and regional trade. Better transportation, energy and telecommunications networks would help SEE countries to increase productivity, deepen their trade integration and improve their attractiveness for foreign investment.

Know more about the potential of SEE to boost its overall investment profile and regional trade, at the panel discussion, chaired by Andrew Wrobel, Founding Partner and Head of Content Strategy and Research of Emerging Europe, UK with the following experts as speakers:

  • Dubravka Nègre, Head of EIB Regional Representation for the Western Balkans at European Investment Bank, Serbia
  • Danela Arsovska, President of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce
  • Pia Barboric Jurjasevic, Managing Director of Adriatic Cluster in Imperial Tobacco, Slovenia
  • Maximilien Lambertson, Lead Analyst on Eastern Europe at The Economist Intelligence Unit, UK
  • Dusko Krsmanović, Senior Business Development & External Affairs Manager at CMS Law, Serbia

See the entire list of Summit speakers: https://mk2025summit.com/speakers/

Get your tickets here: https://mk2025summit.com/buy-ticket/

More than 60 Speakers Confirmed for the Upcoming Macedonia2025 Summit

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The international non-profit organization Macedonia2025 will host its annual Macedonia2025 Summit for the seventh time, from 7-th to 10-th November in Hotel Marriott – Skopje. The Summit represents a dynamic platform for sharing knowledge on business and the economy, technology, leadership and innovation. More than 60 speakers and 400 participants will attend the event, having the unique opportunity to hear the latest business trends, to network with renowned professionals and establish new partnerships and cooperation with potential investors.

Some of the Summit speakers include top-notch names like: Kevin Murnane – Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Founder of Behtrics, USA; Ghassan Hasbani – Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister of Lebanon; Anthony B. Kim – Research Manager and Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, USA; Jordi Serrano Pons – General Practitioner, Founder and CEO of UniversalDoctor, Switzerland; Yair Engel – Founder and Director at Kayama – Center for Sustainable Design, Israel; Catherine Constantinides – world-renowned philanthropist, activist and entrepreneur from South Africa and many more!

For the first time this year, the organizer announces a three-day program filled with more than 10 panel discussions and 4 break-out sessions, covering a wide array of topics like: global economic trends, regional investments, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Other topics include digital transformation, latest technology applied in healthcare, as well as production of medical cannabis in Macedonia. Special attention will be paid to philanthropy and giving back to the homeland, through organizing the Fundraiser Gala, in honor of the organization’s Visionary Founder – John Bitove Senior, thus celebrating 10 years from establishing Macedonia2025 and 7 years from the Macedonia2025 Summit.

Registration for the Summit is ongoing. Register at the official Summit web-page: https://mk2025summit.com/

Christopher Sanders to Speak about Macedonia as an Investment Destination at the MK2025 Summit 2018!

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  We are announcing Christopher Sanders – Executive Vice President at Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG, Germany as a Speaker at the Macedonia2025 Summit set for 7-10 November at Hotel Marriott in Skopje

Christopher Nigel Sanders joined Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co KG in 1980 as an Industrial Planning Engineer. In 1981 he became the Managing Director of Kostal Ireland and ran both this and from 1990 Kostal UK Ltd until 1995 when he was appointed as Head of Corporate Planning and Subsidiary Coordination.

The corporate planning is responsible for the coordination of Kostal’s global strategic position and deployment of its long-term planning, with the necessary gap analysis; with ever shorter cyclic updating; and the resultant derivation of tactical actions and implementation. Subsidiary Co-ordination is the application of Kostal’s Global Foot Print Design including location selection the development of 5-year roadmaps.

Christopher has overseen the planning and expansion of plants in the UK, Ireland, Spain, China Czech Republic, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, India, and most recently Macedonia and Morocco.

Although resident in Germany, his role requires that he spends half of his time traveling the globe with all the delights of sleeping in a different bed every other night that this implies.

Macedonia as an Investment Destination

At this year’s Summit, Christopher Nigel Sanders will share his thoughts and expertise at the panel-discussion titled “Macedonia as an Investment Destination”, together with four other panelists.

This is only one of the 15+ sessions, covering: global economic trends, regional investments and trade, digital transformation, establishing innovation hubs and many more!

Get your tickets! Registration for the Summit is ongoing!

Use this unique opportunity to network with top-notch professionals from around the world and improve your business!

Don’t forget to register at the Summit official web-page www.mk2025summit.com

Moisés Calderón – Cardiovascular Surgeon who has Performed Mexico’s First Artificial Heart Transplant Operation to Speak at the MK2025 Summit!

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We proudly announce Moisés Calderón – Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon and General Director at Hospital Regional Gral, Ignacio Zaragoza – ISSSTE, Mexico as a Speaker at the Macedonia2025 Summit set for 7-10 November in Skopje

Dr. Moisés Calderón is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon of Macedonian origin, situated in Mexico City, Mexico. As a Mexican senior consultant on thoracic transplantation and circulatory support, he acts as a General Director at the Hospital Regional Gral. Ignacio Zaragoza – ISSSTE (Institute for Social Security and Services for Government Workers), as well as an Associate Surgeon at the Angeles Group Hospitals (Base – Angeles de las Lomas Hospital) and ABC Medical Center.

Mr. Calderón started his career as an Academic Surgeon at General Hospital La Raza National Medical Center, Mexico City, Mexico IMSS back in 1992. Soon after, in 1993, Mr. Calderón becomes the founder and Head of the 1st Mexican Clinical Department of Circulatory Support and New Heart Transplant Program at the same hospital.

From 1996 up to 2008 he becomes the Coordinator of the Heart Transplantation and Artificial Heart Program and Head of Department of Heart Surgery and Circulatory Care, after which he takes the position of Head Division of Surgery at the Cardiology Hospital of the 21st Century National Medical Center, Mexico City, IMSS. Two years after he becomes the General Director of the UMAE / Cardiology Hospital – National Medical Center 21st Century IMSS, México City, a position he holds for four more years.

Mr. Calderón holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree from the Executive Business Management CEPEM. He is the author of several books, has multiple publications in national and international medical journals, has 2 international patents, and is a collaborator of multiple magazines of general interest as a writer.

Mr. Calderón is also a Permanent adviser of the State Health Council, Government of Chiapas. He is a member of multiple Mexican and International scientific societies, director and advisor of multiple postgraduate theses and a national and international lecturer.

Latest Technology Applied in Healthcare

At this year’s Summit, Moisés Calderón will share his thoughts and expertise at the panel-discussion titled “Latest Technology Applied in Healthcare”, together with four other panelists.

This is only one of the 15+ sessions, covering: global economic trends, regional investments and trade, digital transformation, establishing innovation hubs and more!

Get your tickets! Regular Registration for the Summit ends on 30 September!

Regular registration for the Summit is open until 30 September 2018 with advantages for micro and small companies! Late registration begins on 1 October 2018.

Use this unique opportunity to network with top-notch professionals from around the world and improve your business! Don’t forget to register at the Summit official web-page www.mk2025summit.com

Maximilien Lambertson: Global Forecasts and the Untapped Trade Potential of the Western Balkans

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Exclusive Interview with Maximilien Lambertson – Lead Analyst on Easter Europe at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Speaker at the Upcoming Macedonia2025 Summit

Mr. Lambertson, as a lead analyst on Easter Europe at the Economist Intelligence Unit, can you tell us something more about the economic forecasts by region? According to statistics, which country marks the highest growth and development in Europe and the world? Which ones are the most developed countries in Southeast Europe?

In our 2018-22 forecast period, we expect to see the fastest economic growth in the Asia & Australasia region, where we forecast average annual real GDP growth over 4%. Following Asia, in decreasing order, are Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, and Latin America. The slowest growing regions are Europe and North America, where we forecast average annual real GDP growth just under 2% in 2018-22.

In south-east Europe the situation is generally improving after a protracted and difficult post-crisis recovery. We expect continued strong real GDP growth in the region’s biggest economy, Romania (which grew by 7% in 2017), of 4% in 2018 and 3.5% per year in 2019-22. Greece recently exited its third bail-out programme this year, but the recovery that got under way in 2017 is fragile and we forecast that real GDP will expand by a modest 1.9% per year on average in 2018-22, following growth of 1.3% in 2017.

Economic activity in the western Balkans has picked up in the past three years. The region has undergone a significant economic adjustment since the global economic crisis in 2007-09, and inflation has fallen to historical lows for the region, allowing a more accommodative monetary policy that has supported growth. On the downside, high public and/or private debt loads remain impediments to faster growth. We forecast average real GDP growth in the western Balkans of about 3.3% in 2018-22.

What are the biggest threats that may derail economic growth forecasts?

The biggest immediate risks to Europe’s growth outlook come from abroad. Although trade tensions between the EU and the US eased in late July following a meeting between Donald Trump, the US president, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, there remains a high risk that talks will break down if Mr. Trump does not view any trade agreement as sufficiently beneficial for the US. An escalation in US protectionism would hit the German economy particularly hard, given its dominant role in the European automotive industry and relative degree of openness (exports equate to almost 50% of Germany’s GDP, compared with about 30% for France and the UK, 20% for China, 17% for Japan and just 12% for the US). If trade conflicts escalate on additional fronts in the coming years, to the extent that global trade could actually decline, this would have major knock-on effects for inflation, business sentiment, consumer sentiment and, ultimately, global economic growth.

A disorderly Brexit is also a major cause for concern, although our core forecast continues to be that the EU and the UK will reach a deal by the time of the UK’s formal withdrawal from the block on March 29th 2019. However, the risk of a “no-deal” Brexit will persist throughout the ratification process and has increased since June, as divisions within the UK parliament over the proposed plan of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, have threatened to derail the necessary legislative progress.

Are we currently facing a state of global crisis? What do you expect to happen on the global market in 2019?

The are many risks clouding the global outlook for 2019, including the direction of US trade policy, the tightening of global monetary conditions, China’s financial vulnerabilities, deepening tensions in the Middle East and fears about the potential for an emerging-market crisis. Owing to one or several of these risks materializing, we expect global real GDP growth to slow from 3% in 2018 to 2.8% in 2019. While we expect that a full-blown emerging-market crisis should be averted for now, we do expect the number of countries whose currencies will come under pressure to rise. It is likely that there will be periods of volatility as a number of these key risks interact in challenging ways for emerging markets.

In November you will be speaking at the Macedonia2025 Summit in Skopje. In your opinion, which industry should Macedonia focus on, in order to achieve greater economic development? What is more, how do you rank Macedonian cities in the livability index?

Over the past decade, Macedonia has sought to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) to modernize and diversify the country’s merchandise export base. This boosted Macedonia’s exports of chemicals, machinery and transport equipment, which along with iron, steel and textiles account for the majority of merchandise exports. In the future, similar to many of its neighbors, Macedonia could boost its services exports, by further developing its tourism, IT services and education sectors, increasing the number of high skilled and better paying jobs available to Macedonians and creating spillover demand for the construction, retail and wholesale trade sectors.

At the Macedonia2025 Summit, you will be talking at the panel titled “Developments in SEE – Investments, Trade and Prospects”. Can you tell us something more about this and what are your expectations from the event?

I look forward to discussing the potential for southeastern Europe to boost its investment profile and regional trade. EIU analysis has found that the western Balkans trade seriously below potential—exports of goods and services are almost 40% below estimated potential exports on average. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia depend on the EU for 60‑70% of their exports, while intra-regional trade accounts for only 10% of total trade. Reasons for this include transport infrastructure deficiencies; sub-optimal trade policies in most countries; and non-tariff barriers to trade. Boosting investment in infrastructure is a key part of this issue. Better transportation, energy and telecommunications networks would help western Balkan countries to increase productivity, deepen their trade integration and improve their attractiveness for foreign investment. I look forward to discussing with other participants the potential for the region to address these challenges.

Interview conducted by: Бизнис Вести 

Macedonia2025 visited iSource – Dynamic and Continuously Growing IT Company in Bitola

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As part of our promotional tour in Bitola, Macedonia2025 team also visited iSource – an innovative, dynamic and continuously growing IT company based in Bitola, where we had the pleasure to meet Vladimir Robevski – one of the company’s co-founders, who has been a member of our organization since 2015.

Robevski started the company in Australia and then decided to move to Macedonia, where his business grew to a number of 35 employees, working on outsourcing services for Australia, New Zealand, England and other European countries, generally in the IT, architecture and 3D modelling fields.

“Macedonia has great conditions for work. Ever since we’ve been here, we are getting assistance from NGOs, faculties, municipalities and other stakeholders, all contributing to our success story.” says Robevski.

Christian Rupp on Leveraging Digital Technologies to Meet Business Objectives at the MK2025 Summit 2018

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Christian Rupp was the Federal Executive Secretary of the Austrian Government responsible for the e-Government Initiative 2003-2006. In this period Austria became the leading e-Government country in the EU benchmark. Since 2006 he is the Spokesperson of the Federal Platform Digital Austria (coordinating all e-Government projects at federal and local level as well as ICT standards between public administration and industry) and since 2016 also the Plenipotentiary for Digitization of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber as well as Coordinator of the SME DIGITAL initiative (a ten million Euro funding program to help SMEs and their employees in the digital transformation).

Christian Rupp is University Lecturer and author of more than 30 books in the field of digital transformation strategies. As an external supervisor and expert of the EU, EIB, World Bank for the Digital Agenda (e.g. E-Government, E-Commerce, Open Data, E-Identities, Artificial Intelligence) as well as certified digital and management consultant he is especially involved in the Digital Balkan process.

The Digital Transformation as a Business Enabler

At this year’s Summit, Christian Rupp will share his thoughts and expertise at the panel-discussion titled “The Digital Transformation as a Business Enabler”, together with four other panelists.

This is only one of the 15+ sessions, covering: global economic trends, regional investments and trade, latest technological developments in IT and healthcare, establishing innovation hubs and more!

Get your tickets! Regular Registration for the Summit ends on 30 September!

Regular registration for the Summit is open until 30 September 2018 with advantages for micro and small companies! Use this unique opportunity to network with top-notch professionals from around the world and improve your business!

Don’t forget to register at the Summit official web-page at www.mk2025summit.com

Learn how to Unleash your Leadership Potential with Leading Expert Kevin Murnane: Keynote Speaker at the Upcoming MK2025 Summit!

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We proudly announce Kevin Murnane – Professor at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management and Founder of Behtrics, USA as a Keynote Speaker at the Macedonia2025 Summit set for 7-10 November in Skopje

Kevin Murnane is a leading expert in leadership development, executive coaching and leadership effectiveness. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Kevin has worked closely with over 70 international business cultures to build seamless awareness, trust, and practical leadership tools for individuals, teams, and organizations. Prior to teaching and founding his own business, Kevin spent fifteen years as a leadership consulting leader managing projects for Toyota, Boeing, Ford, Baxter and other global corporations. In the last twelve years, Behtrics has added expertise in Not-For-Profit leadership, Technology Start-Ups and Health-Care Management.

Kevin’s expertise is practical coaching and teaching that fits the person, the team, and the organization.  By analyzing the business needs, a coaching process can create Human Capital Systems that drive strategy and achieve high ROI.  Every successful project begins with systematic listening skills that result in “listening as if the other person has the answer.”

Kevin graduated from the College of DuPage, University of Illinois (High Honors) and Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  While at Kellogg, Kevin co-wrote an HBS case on the American Lung Association.  He has experience and certifications with over 30 leadership assessments and training programs.  Kevin is a meta-coach for the Daniel Goleman Coaching Program. Kevin is also involved with both local and global Not-For-Profit organizations like St. Vincent DePaul Center, Bonaventure House, LIFT and Krishna Star.

Coaching the Leaders: The Mindset of a Great Leader

At this year’s Summit, our keynote speaker Kevin Murnane will share his thoughts and expertise at the panel-discussion titled “Coaching the Leaders: The Mindset of a Great Leader”, as part of the official program on Day 3 (November 9).

This is only one of the 15+ sessions, covering: global economic trends, regional investments and trade, latest technological developments in IT and healthcare, digital transformation, establishing innovation hubs and more!

Get your tickets! Regular Registration for the Summit ends on 30 September!

Regular registration for the Summit is open until 30 September 2018 with advantages for micro and small companies! Use this unique opportunity to network with top-notch professionals from around the world and improve your business!

Don’t forget to register at the Summit official web-page at www.mk2025summit.com