On February 15, AmCham’s Executive Director Dijana Despodov spoke to Sitel TV about several issues related to the business sector in the country such as enabling a transparent and predictive business environment, the gray economy, and the lack of skilled workforce.
According to the last survey from USAID Project – Partnership for Better Business Regulation, 35% of companies believe that the business climate in Macedonia is worse compared with other Western Balkan countries. While only 12% of them say that our working conditions are improving. Without a stable business environment, companies find it hard to decide to invest in the country.
“That’s what I think is the result of the unusually long political process we had here, which created quite high expectations, but so far, it can be seen that in the transition period many things remain the same. First of all, there should be security, predictability, transparency and rule of law so that the private sector can believe that if they work according to the regulations that everything will be fine, “said Dijana.
The gray economy is a big problem for both the state and the private sector. The number of unemployed people in the country is lower than the official one. According to the business sector many people work in the gray economy. The state is struggling because workers and companies in the gray zone do not pay taxes.
-The gray economy is a very big problem for the private sector. Because it undermines competition, undermines the competitiveness of the companies that work properly, pay taxes, which increases the price of their operations, as opposed to the companies operating in the gray zone. They do not have such costs, so they can afford to keep prices lower, says the executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia.