Today, November 28, AmCham published a press release regarding the Draft Law on Personal Income. The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) strongly opposes the failure to comply with the public consultation process by the Government and the Ministry of Finance regarding the Draft Law on Personal Income Tax, published on November 3 through the Single […]
On November 15 AmCham’s Executive Director Dijana Despodov was a guest on Alfa TV to discuss the Government’s budget proposal and tax increases. She pointed out the need for a more transparent public consultation process before passing legislation in order to develop meaningful, targeted, and effective measures.
On October 9, AmCham’s Director Dijana Despodov was interviewed by Kapital for the newest edition of their magazine. Dijana talked about AmCham’s programs and priorities, especially regarding bridging the skills gap, promoting and supporting socially responsible practices that go beyond philanthropy, and creating space for all actors in society to work on finding joint solutions to social problems. You […]
AmCham’s Director Dijana Despodov was a guest on Macedonian National Television’s morning show and Kanal 5’s daily program to announce the opening of the first Sensory Garden in Macedonia. Dijana talked about the significance of the garden for students with impaired eyesight as well as the role of the private sector as responsible actors in society.
On August 24, the national television Telma shot an the interview with AmCham’s Director Dijana Despodov covering the issue of announced tax reforms. Dijana spoke about the effects the introduction of progressive taxation on personal income will have on the economy. A summary of AmCham’s position can be found at the following links: Став за […]
The recent announcement for the possible introduction of progressive taxation on personal income took the private sector by surprise and raised a lot of concerns. Both domestic companies and foreign investors are worried about the impact this measure will have on the economy, such as increased tax evasion and expanded grey economy, capital outflow and […]
As in previous years, AmCham Macedonia was given the opportunity to review and comment on the first draft of 2018-2020 National Economic Reform Program released for public comment on 28.11.2017. This was an important chance to raise high-level issues that impact the business community as whole. In order to have greater inclusion of all relevant stakeholders toward creating a quality […]
As in previous years, AmCham Macedonia was given the opportunity to review and comment on the first draft of the 2016 National Economic Reform Program. In past years, we’ve received this document too late to prepare a meaningful response. This year, we prepared and submitted our official stance on the proposed reforms within 6 working days, to […]
The next Legal and Tax Committee meeting will be held on October 29th, 2015, from 9:30 at AmCham office. On the meeting, committee members will talk about possible projects and activities in 2016.
Ivana Dojcinovska – Stojanovic, HR Manager at Wabtec MZT Skopje together with another representative from the Association for Career Counseling will start a series of info sessions with high school students (age 14-18) on choosing your future career. The first session is scheduled for September 17th, from 18:00 – 19:30 at AmCham premises.
The members of our Legal and Tax Committee will met on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:30 at AmCham Executive Office (Vasil Gjorgov 20A, 2nd floor), to discuss on: 1. Public Revenue Office Meetings; 2. Financial Discipline Survey results; 3. Possible activities in the Sep-Dec period.
After hosting the first matchmaking event (May 21st) and approaching several member companies from specific industries, we managed to place 16 students as part of our Internship Program “Open a Door”. The call for applicants is still open. AmCham continues to work on placing the additional 7 students within member organization in the coming moths.
The AmCham Macedonia team has completed an update to its Visa and Permits Guide for Foreign Nationals Working in Macedonia. The Guide provides current and potential foreign investors with practical information on the Macedonian visa, residence and work permit application processes in plain language. We would especially like to thank Ana Todorovska at PwC Macedonia for her […]
On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 AmCham hosted Jenifer Blank, Attorney-Adviser, from the Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an IPR Enforcement Expert Meeting to discuss a wide variety of intellectual property enforcement-related topics with representatives from member companies. Participants shared their challenges during regular communication with state institution, and all agreed that raising […]
All AmCham members are invited to our offices on June 17th from 10:00-11:30 to meet with Ms. Jennifer Blank, Attorney-Adviser from the Office of Policy and International Affairs, US Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Blank will be ready to discuss a wide variety of intellectual property enforcement-related topics with members. Please contact AmCham Office to confirm […]
Over 25 AmCham Macedonia companies have pledged their support of AmCham’s “Open a Door” program by creating at least 35 internship opportunities for students from low income households. AmCham aims continuously to gather applicants, so please help us spread the word! To apply, students must submit the following documents to AmCham’s Executive Office via firstname.lastname@example.org: a fully […]
On Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at Pivara Skopje’s training facilities, 18 students met with representatives from 10 member companies to discuss internship opportunities as part of AmCham Macedonia’s internship program “Open a Door”. The Program was developed for students from low income households and officially launched in April 2015. In the first hour, our member company Motiva […]
On Friday, May 15th, 2015 representatives from four consulting companies (Deloitte, EY, KPMG & PwC) members of our Legal and Tax Committee, offered Introductory Training on Transfer Pricing for 23 inspectors from Public Revenue Office.
In honor of World IPR Day, on April 28th from 9:00 – 13:00, members of AmCham’s IPR committee offered IP enforcement-related training to local police and market inspectors. The event helped raise the basic awareness of market inspectors and economic police to maintain attention on this area of their work, given that it is just one […]
AmCham Macedonia joined 110 associations from 52 countries and signed the statement on Trademark Elimination via Plain Packaging. In the statement we are expressing our concerns regarding government-mandated trademark elimination via “plain packaging” measures. Trademark protection is essential in identifying and distinguishing products in the marketplace. The protection of such property is a fundamental tenet […]
AmCham Macedonia would like to recognize the efforts of the volunteer trainers who participated in our Life Skills Program for high school students from the “11 Oktomvri” Orphanage: Ivana Dojcinovska – Stojanovic and Julika Shundovska (career counseling); Harizan Mitrev (current job and career path); Biljana Jankulovska and Kalina Sejfula (financial literacy); Dejan Stojanovic (public speaking & presentation skills); Angela Kostova – Trpeska (job interview preparations); Radojka Helman Denkovska (team work).
If you are interested in contributing to AmCham’s policy and advocacy efforts, please consider joining one of our issue-based committees this year. Our committees are always open to new energy and ideas. You can learn more about each of them via the following links: CSR Committee; IPR Committee; Legal & Tax Committee; WFD Committee. To […]
AmCham Macedonia sent a Position Paper on the Draft Law on Financial Discipline to members of the Parliamentary Commission on Economic Issues, the Ministry of Finance, key members of the diplomatic community and other Chambers of Commerce.
AmCham Macedonia Campaign “Stay Healthy: Buy Originals!” With the financial support from the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, AmCham Macedonia recently partnered with the National Coordinative Body for Intellectual Property Rights Protection (NCBIPR) to create a traveling, interactive exhibition featuring counterfeit cosmetics, drugs, personal hygiene items and other similar goods found on the local marketplace. The […]
One of AmCham Macedonia’s key priorities is to advance the state of companies’ engagement in and commitment to corporate social responsibility. Having a functional law that encourages such practices is a key part of achieving this goal. Thus, AmCham Macedonia recently joined a call for the government to continue a process to improve the Law on Donations […]
In response to an initiative of its IPR Committee, AmCham recently translated and adapted two World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) publications targeting 9-14 year olds entitled, “Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents” and “Learn from the Past, Create the Future: The Arts and Copyright” into both Macedonian and Albanian. AmCham plans […]
AmCham’s IPR committee meet with the IPR Coordinative Body at an offsite session in Krusevo on January 30-31st. The group discussed the implementation of the 2009-12 National IPR Strategy as well as identify possible improvements to the 2013-16 strategy to be drafted this year.
To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia on November 13, 2012 organized a presentation on “The Connection Between Intellectual Property Rights and Entrepreneurship in Macedonia” at the University American College Skopje. Roughly 30 students and 15 business people attended the event. Discussion topics included: Unique ideas as the foundation of any […]
On Wednesday, October 17th, members of AmCham’s Workforce Development Committee met with the Director of the State Employment Agency, Vlatko Popovski. Mr. Popovski presented the government’s ambitious plans to improve the quality of their databases and services as well as reduce widespread fraud generally believe to be in the system. He assured members that by […]
On August 22nd, representatives of AmCham’s Board of Directors, Patron Members and Advocacy Committee presidents met with Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), Philip Reeker, on his brief visit to the region. The meeting was hosted by U.S. Ambassador Wohlers at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence on Vodno and focused on AmCham Macedonia’s business advocacy efforts and ways […]
On June 19, 2012 AmCham in cooperation with its CSR committee successfully organized workshop “Use of Social Media in the CSR”. Our guest speakers: Ms. Iskra Trajkovska, HR Manager at Nextsense and Ms. Sanja Bozik, Project Manager at Httpool provided the audience with tips and tricks on how to use social media to better CSR. […]
During December 2011, the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia, in cooperation with International Development Law Organization (IDLO) Alumni Association in the Republic of Macedonia, organized two day IPR workshops (15-16/12 and 19-20/12). The event was sponsored by our Patron Member – Microsoft. On the workshops attended more than 50 representatives from the Ministry of […]