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April 2018

MINEX Europe Mining & Exploration Forum in Skopje

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We are delighted to invite you to take part in the MINEX Europe Mining & Exploration Forum organised in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia on 12-14 June 2018 under the theme “Sustainable development of the Western Tethyan metallogenic resources”.

Macedonia 2025 takes part in the Forum as official event partner

The Forum will provide insights into exciting mining projects developed across the Balkan countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus region.  The Forum will also highlight innovation trends for exploration and extraction, processing, waste management, and mine closure across the European continent and globally. Over 200 international delegates are expected to attend the Forum from the Balkan countries, EU, Canada, USA and Australia.

 The program includes:

• Mining panels highlighting projects development across the Western Tethyan metallogenic belt

• Green Technology, Environment, Regulation and Finance sessions

• Mining optimisation and use of automation in mineral prospecting and extraction sessions

• Trade show showcasing innovation trends for exploration and extraction, processing, waste management, and reconciliation

• “The Circular Economy and Sustainability in Mining Policy” roundtable with the senior officials from the Governmental delegations

• Day trips to mine sites operated by the Macedonian and International companies on 14 June

Speaking opportunities:  Are you considering participation in the Forum and interested in becoming a speaker? Please check the terms and submit speaker proposal via Speaker form.

Exhibiting opportunities:  Limited exhibiting opportunities are available in the conference hall.  Please check terms here.

Delegate participation terms: The Forum provides opportunities for meeting with organisations on the forefront of developing mining policies, innovative mining technologies and exciting mining projects in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.  Please check delegate participation terms here.

Please note that the international participation rate is 600 Euro. There are special discounted rates applicable to national companies, at a participation rate of 250 Euro per person and 50 Euro for the Gala Dinner.

Languages: The Forum will be conducted in English. Simultaneous translation to Macedonian will be organised at the main sessions on 12 and 13 June. 

For more information about MINEX Europe 2018 please visit:

Macedonia 2025 – Official partner for MINEX Europe 2018

For more information please contact us at: Tel: +389 2 321 8631; Mob: + 389 72 311 591; 

Student Open Day at APTIV – Macedonia

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If you seek ongoing project variety, skill development and career progression, look to APTIV!

APTIV is one of the largest automotive suppliers delivering advanced electrical and electronic and safety technologies to vehicle manufacturers around the world enabling them to make vehicles that are safer, greener and better connected.

Due to their needs of expanding the team at the plant in Skopje, APTIV – Macedonia invites students to visit the company, meet the management team, learn about the company’s products and the recruitment process.


15 May from 10am to 2pm

Who can apply?

Students who are in the their 3rd and 4th year of studies at the:

  • Electrical Engineering Faculty;
  • Mechanical Engineering Faculty;
  • Informatics and Computers Engineering.

What does APTIV – Macedonia offer?

  • Interesting career in a leading, world-recognized company;
  • Opportunity for professional growth and personal development in an international environment;
  • Ability to implement own ideas and solutions.

How to apply for the Study Tour (Open Day)?

For more information visit the official website.

Investors Showcase 2018 v.1

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Willing to incorporate our members, partners and supporters as close as possible to our daily activities, we believe it would be appreciated from your side if we start sharing with you the business opportunities and potential investments that come at our desks. Many times, maybe exactly one of you, or a member of your network, will have the right interest or investment to make that new business opportunity a reality.

In this first edition, we present you the snippets from four opportunities from four different industries. If you are interested to hear more about these opportunities, feel free to reach out to our Diaspora Relations/Business Development Assistant Dimitar Chatleski at

1. The first opportunity comes from something that we believe will be more and more needed – recycling human waste. Human wastewater is the biggest contaminant of the environment and an intense source of deadly illnesses. Humanity produces 1,925,000m3 a day of wastewater. It is estimated that about 80% of the world’s wastewater is returned to the environment, untreated. None of the existing technologies by themselves are efficient enough to achieve optimum purification of wastewater. So this is where the YOTI Technology comes. YOTI technology is based on a unique continuous gravitational anaerobic bio-filtration. It does not use energy, has no moving parts, generates no sludge, does not need maintenance and spare parts, it is noiseless and odorless. Purified water can be directly discharged back into nature, which may be used for the watering of plant or for other technical purposes.

The technology itself was invented, developed and implemented by Mr. Joti Popovski, a Biochemical Graduate and Master of Environmental Sciences. In the mid-seventies, Mr. Popovski worked at Alkaloid, a leading Macedonian pharmaceutical company, as head of the research laboratory there. Being a dedicated environmentalist, Mr. Popovski founded the very first Environmental office in the Balkans. He was asked by top officials at Alkaloid to find a solution for treating wastewater that was generated by the plant where he worked. After four years of intensive research and experimentation, Mr. Popovski built the very first prototype of a continuous gravitational anaerobic bio-filtration station.

2. The second opportunity comes through an owner of a Macedonian company that has been involved in the mushroom business for more than 20 years. For many years, company’s production process of fresh mushrooms from the variety champignons was in underground tunnels and later in 3 growing rooms located in several different locations. All of the production processes have been performed manually, from compost manipulation to watering, temperature and CO2 control, air control, pest control, mushroom picking, etc.

However, with the increase in the demand on the market for fresh and marinated champignons, the owner of that company, who also established this company and has been part of it throughout its 20+ years of existence, is planning to start a new project. The idea is to build a new, much larger, modern and more sophisticated champignons production farm in the Skopje region. This company, with the new equipment in the growing rooms, will have much more control over the entire production process achieving better yields and better quality of the product, as well as to eliminate unnecessary costs and downtimes related to manual labor operations. The new farm is with an estimated annual production capacity of 1200 tons of fresh champignons, with the ability to double the capacity to 2400 tons annually with much smaller investment than the initial one.

3. The third opportunity comes from a company from Prilep, Mikrosam, which is a leader in developing customized machines and know-how for the composites industry. With over 28 years of experience in composites and manufacturing state of the art machines for composite parts, they are the only company in the world that specialize in all leading composite manufacturing technologies:
–       Filament Winding;
–       Automated lines for Composite Pressure Vessels;
–       Automated Fiber Placement and Tape Laying;
–       PREPREG making/slitting.

Mikrosam possesses the most advanced composites laboratory in Europe, fully equipped with the newest models of composite manufacturing machines. As part of their laboratory, they offer services such as newest product testing, sample making, and product and technology development. For new entrants in the composite world, Mikrosam also provides all the necessary training and preparation to be product competitive in this field.

4. The fourth opportunity comes from the video industry. A Macedonian company has developed a ready to use all-in-one video sharing and live streaming solution that is currently used by a number of renowned TV channels in Macedonia, including Macedonia2025 web video platform:  This platform can be easily accustomed to any company’s needs and can be transformed into a professional web TV channel under your brand to stream TV shows, events and other live content reaching out to the global audience. The company is seeking for clients globally or individuals that can sell the product in different markers and would be happy to discuss collaboration with anyone interested.

Once again, if you are interested to hear more about these opportunities, feel free to reach out to our Diaspora Relations/Business Development Assistant Dimitar Chatleski at

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Macedonia2025 Position on Country Name

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It is our firm belief that no group or person should be able to tell others who or what they are, or what they believe.  Every person, including Macedonians, should enjoy the basic human rights of self-determination.

Macedonia2025 is an independent, non-government, non-profit and non-political think-and-do-tank organization. Our goal and sole mission is to continue to drive, promote and increase the economic prosperity for all of our people residing in the Republic of Macedonia as well as building a stronger nation.

Almost every year since inception, we have been asked to step into the political discourse through many topics including; elections, judicial processes and, as of late, the potential name change for the country.  For many of these issues, we have decided against taking a position or expressing an opinion as it would not be consistent with the mission of our organization. The name of the country is an important issue that affects deeply all Macedonians globally and we are expressing our viewpoint mainly from an angle of economic prosperity.  It is our firm belief that no group or person should be able to tell others who or what they are, or what they believe.  Every person, including Macedonians, should enjoy the basic human rights of self-determination.

The Republic of Macedonia is a sovereign country. Therefore, we applaud the current and prior Government’s approach that any negotiated solution, that does not compromise the nation’s identity and language, would be subject to being consistent and compliant with the constitution of the Republic of Macedonia.

It is our understanding that the resolution of the potential name change for the country, is being encouraged by the European Union (EU) and other foreign governments, who would like to see the country move forward from this stalemate over the past three decades. We also believe that the pursuit of accession to both the EU and NATO is very important, but not at any cost.  We, as an economic organization want to emphasize there is no such thing as a single accomplishment or a resolution of one issue that will facilitate economic prosperity for our people.  It is the hard work, determination, increased trade and investment, eradication of corruption, honorable and independent judicial system and most of all unity that we believe will drive economic growth.

The Government of Macedonia is elected by and for the people in the Republic of Macedonia and it should look after and represent the interests of the citizens of Macedonia.Whether we live in the Republic of Macedonia or in the many other countries around the world with a Macedonian population, we will always be called Macedonian.

Therefore, Macedonia2025 is asking all Macedonians to focus on maintaining a good economic environment in which local and foreign companies and entrepreneurs will be incentivized to continue investing in Macedonia. In a highly competitive global arena, countries need to provide a good business climate and political stability to achieve economic growth.  We stand available to facilitate dialogue and provide support towards achieving these important goals.

Alexander Tolweth, Lufthansa Group Country Manager, Bulgaria

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Alexander Tolweth has been with Lufthansa for 13 years and took up his current position as Country Manager Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia & Kosovo for Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines on February 2014.

After studying economics / travel at universities in Germany, England and France, Alex has been working for Lufthansa in various roles, including global Key Account Management, Network Planning, Pricing. Before moving to Bulgaria he has been Head of Sales UK & Ireland for the Lufthansa Group.

In his spare time he is exploring the Bulgarian country side with his wife & 2 daughters or flying further afield to discover more off the beaten track destinations. He also plays football and likes to go skiing

Robert Arsov, Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners | Macedonia2025 Chairman, USA

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Robert Arsov is a Managing Director at the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners.  Mr. Arsov focuses on advising companies in the IT / Business Services and Networks Infrastructure sectors and has worked with a wide variety of publicly traded and privately held companies on complex U.S. and cross-border assignments.  Mr. Arsov was previously a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse and its predecessor company Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Arsov received his BS from Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Fostering entrepreneurship, innovations and values-based leadership remain to be central to Macedonia2025 programs and activities

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This past year marked the tenth year from establishing the organization and we are very happy with the progress achieved. Our efforts in raising awareness about the need for more investment and the continuous support for aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders, is what makes our organization invaluable to the economic advancement of Macedonia.  The great number of successful workshops, seminars, business forums, roundtable discussions, leadership development programs and networking events organized through the years, has helped build the capacities of the Macedonian business leaders of tomorrow while improving the perceptions of the country both home and abroad.

We are an independent, non-government, non-profit and non-political organization with the sole purpose to assist in the growth of Macedonia economically.  Our administrative staff is paid for by the fees charged to Board members and all other money raised is used to support education and business efforts in the Republic of Macedonia.

With the combined efforts of all of our members, our landmark event, the Macedonia2025 Summit once again raised the bar. It felt so empowering to hear the feedback of the attendeesand now, we all can proudly say that Macedonia is the home of one of the best business events in South-East Europe, inspiring action and change. In 2017, the Summit has been attended by over 450 people and provided great input on the country and region’s economic growth. We have also organized events in Paris, Vienna, Stockholm, Toronto and Melbourne in order to promote the county and to build linkages.

Our leadership development programs have been expanded with an additional scholarship for the Zafirovski Advance Management course at Kellogg School of Business at the Northwestern University in Chicago.   We have also launched the Bitove Entrepreneurship program with Canadian Executive Service Organization CESO, to provide mentorship and guidance to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Macedonia.   In addition to another successful edition of the LEADER project, which provides the best business education for young Macedonian professionals.

We continuously work on building better internal capacities, in order to provide more services to our members, supporters and investors. Our staff keeps growing and we have dedicated Board Members, Honorary Board members, Leaders Club and others committed to leadership and excellence, providing tangible results, plans and programs.

We are pleased to announce that as of 2018, our board will be expanded with five new board members who bring different sets of expertize and know-how. We are happy to welcome on board the following accomplished individuals:

– Mihail Mateski, General Manager and Partner of Greentech, Serbia and Macedonia;

– Alek Icev, Engineering Manager at Google, USA; 

– Kati Iceva, Principal Software Engineering Manager in Microsoft, USA;

– Jana Marin, Member of the Board of Directors and Deputy CEO of Acibadem Sistina Hospital, Skopje; and,

– Jerry Naumoff, CEO of Taskforce BPO, Macedonia.


For 2018 we have set a very intensive agenda with events in Macedonia, the region and globally. We will remain dedicated to our main objectives of attracting foreign investment, strengthening the linkages with the diaspora professionals, and we will further expand our leadership development programs. This coming year we will conduct the Trade Mission and Study Tour of Armenia to expand our outreach in terms of business and education as the main drivers for healthy and sustainable development. We will also continue providing relevant input to the Macedonian policy makers with our research and analysis activities as we launch and fully execute on our Think-and-Do-Tank initiative. This newly formed global Council of Experts will only attract more valuable talent, contributing to the overall positive evolution of Republic of Macedonia and ultimately bettering the lives of its citizens within the country and globally.

We are all looking forward to what we will achieve together in 2018 and beyond.  For more information, read our annual report for 2017 HERE

Launch of Bitove Family Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with CESO in Skopje

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CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) is an economic development organization working with partners and clients to create sustainable solutions that foster long-term economic and social growth. Thanks to the Bitove Family Foundation, Macedonia2025 in partnership with CESO, has established the Bitove Family Entrepreneurship Program to support the development of Macedonian micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The program will be officially launched on 17th April in Solun Hotel in Skopje.


On that occasion, Wendy Harris – President and CEO of CESO, Lou Naumovski – Member of Macedonia2025 Experts Council and a Member of the Bitove Family Foundation, will present all the involved stakeholders in the program, its main objectives and benefits for Macedonian companies.


“Our program seeks to recruit Macedonian companies who have specific needs and then to match the abilities of the Canadian senior experts who would like to spend from two to four weeks in Macedonia to advise the companies. The individual assignments can be with a specific company, namely one advisor – one company or it can be one advisor working for multiple companies. “– states Lou Naumovski, the main initiator for bringing this program to Macedonia.


CESO is dedicated to economic empowerment. With over 50 years of global experience developing SMEs, our partnership with the Bitove Entrepreneurship Program and Macedonia 2025 will be a wonderful opportunity to support businesses in a meaningful, sustainable and tangible way in Macedonia”, says Wendy Harris, President and CEO of CESO.


Macedonian micro, small and medium companies, working in the field of finance, tourism and hospitality, information technology, agri-business and natural resource management are welcomed to apply.


To reserve your spot, please RSVP at

An additional meeting with the CESO representatives can be scheduled on 17th and 18th of April, upon your request (for which you will have to inform us no later than April 16th).