Gostivar EXPO 2003

Support for small and medium sized entreprises



10:00Official opening of the Fair

Mr. Berndt Oesterlen, deputy head of mission, Embassy of FR of Germany in Macedonia

Mr.Xhemail Rexhepi, mayor of Gostivar

Mr. Saso Sindilovski, Ministry of Economy

Mr. Muzafer Tairi, manager of ESA Gostivar

12:00 – 12:05 Welcome and introduction

Mr. Besnik Ismaili, ESA Gostivar

12:05 – 12:15 Introductory speech

H.E. Mr. Lawrence Butler, Ambassador of USA in Macedonia

12:15 – 12:40 The role of SME sector

Mr. Joseph Gruber, International expert in business

12:40 – 13:05Measures of the Macedonian government for encouraging the SME development

Mr. Saso Sindilovski, Manager of the department of the Ministry of economy for encouraging entrepreneurship

13:05 – 13:30The impact of the illegal economic sector on the development of the SME’s in the transition countries (Macedonia)

Mr. Rufi Osmani, Professor of Economy at the SEE University

13:30 – 13:55Economic integration of ethnic communities in the post-privatization period

Dr. Abdylmenaf Bexheti, Dean of Economic Faculty at SEE University

13:55 – 15:15End of session One / Lunch

15:15 – 15:40Macedonian financial system, its role and importance on the economic development

Mr. Fatmir Besimi, Vice Governor of the National Bank of Macedonia

15:40 – 16:05Export opportunities for Macedonian businesses

Mr. Gero Winkler, International consultant for institutional development

16:05 – 16:30“New” trends in global economy

Dr. Nasir Selimi, Manager of Stopanska Banka – branch of Gostivar

16:35End of the first day


12:00 – 12:20 Enterprise Support Agency – ESA Gostivar

Besnik Ismaili, Business adviser

12:20 – 12:40ProCredit Bank

Mrs. Katja Jentzsch, branch manager Tetovo - Mr.Klid Saraci, branch manager Skopje


Mr. Andreas Klein, Official Representative of the Foundation in Macedonia

13:00 – 13:20WESTERN UNION

Mr. Arban Balliu, Chief of Marketing Department

13:20 – 13:40SIGMA Insurance company

Mr.Enver Pajaziti, director

13:40 – 14:00SIPPO/SDCSwiss Import Promotion Programme/Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Mrs. Natalija Puntevska, program manager of SIPPO - Mr. Herbert Schmid, country director of SDC

14:00 – 14:20QBEInsurance company

Mrs. Vesna Giorcheva, Real estate insurance manager


Mr. Emil Buhov, Loan manager

14:40 – 14:45Impressions and feedback from the conference

Mr. Besnik Ismaili, ESA Gostivar

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