Prominent experts, analysts and entrepreneurs from a number of countries will talk about economic development and the development of Macedonia at the third economic Summit in the country (November 18 – 20), organized by Macedonia2025.
The organizer announced today a new keynote speaker, the former prime minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri, who will talk about the transformation of his country into one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe and about the reforms that were carried out by his team.
Before taking on the role of Prime Minister from early 2009 until 2012, Mr. Gilauri was Minister of energy and Minister of Economy. During his tenures he introduced measures that led to a drastic decrease in corruption. Georgia marked a huge jump on the Doing Business list from number 112 in 2006 to number 9 in 2009. Currently, Mr. Gilauri is an adviser with the consultancy house McKinsey and leads the Bank of Georgia branch in Turkey.
“Considering that Macedonia and Georgia are comparative examples, this country is part of the Country Dashboard index that Macedonia2025 has been working on in this past period. The goal of this index is to measure how Macedonia is advancing. The index was created in cooperation with McKinsey & Co, with the input of MK2025 members of the Board, as well as through discussion with the economic development Boards of Singapore, Turkey and other countries. Mr. Gilauri has also provided his input in developing the index.
The Country Dashboard relies on publically-available data and includes the four strategic priorities that Macedonia2025 uses as framework to contribute to the development of Macedonia. This monitoring tool can also serve the Government of Macedonia, political parties, businesses, academia and so on,” says the report by Macedonia2025
The Board of Directors has a goal to raise to a higher level the impact of the organization’s strategic priorities and to broaden the definition of its credo, “Helping build a stronger nation.” To that end, the organization is adding a fifth point to its mandate: “Maintain and facilitate discussions around a ‘Country Dashboard’, to monitor broad progress on growth and quality of life.” The Country Dashboard will be presented at the Summit in Skopje and a summary about what it includes can be found on the following page.