Under the Macedonian CEI Presidency 2015, the Business Forum on “Promotion of Regional Cooperation for Improving Market Competitiveness of CEI Agricultural and Food Business” was held in Skopje on 26 November 2015. The event gathered more than 90 high-ranking participants from the various CEI Ministries of Agriculture, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises and Embassies in Skopje. The event was jointly organised by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Agriculture of the Republic of Macedonia, the Chamber of Commerce for Central Europe (ACCOA) and the CEI Executive Secretariat.
 
Keynote speeches were delivered by: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy of the Republic of Macedonia, HE Mihail Cvetkov; CEI Deputy Secretary General, Erik Csernovitz; Head of Section in the EU Delegation, Mauro di Veroli and the President of Accoa, Gian Carlo Damir Murkovic.
 
The Forum provided an excellent opportunity to engage representatives from the agriculture and food businesses of CEI Member States and discuss how to address the challenges for increasing market competitiveness though cooperation and exploiting new potentials given by the EU integration process. The event also served as a platform for the exchange of agribusiness-related experiences and best practices among the old and new EU Member States.
 
The Forum was followed by SME B2B meetings.
Participants agreed that setting up the Business Forum not only contributed to establishing new business connections, and therefore to boosting economic growth in the CEI region, but also to the revisiting of the CEI Business Dimension as outlined in the CEI Plan of Action 2014-2016.
 
  • Press Release of Macedonian CEI Presidency available here

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