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Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski led a team for investment promotion to Paris.The business forum was held on Friday 26th of June to present the Macedonian business climate before French companies. Organized by the Macedonia 2025 organization, the forum featured three panels, that also included Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Poposki, Minister Goran Mickovski and Deputy CEO of Invest Macedonia, Kliment Sekerovski.
"The World Bank ranked Macedonia 94th in the ease of doing business in 2006, and now we are ranked on 30th place. In order to overcome our handicap of being a small country with a small economy, we have free trade agreements with all countries in Europe, both in and out of the European Union, except for Russia. These agreements allow for free exports from Macedonia", Gruevski said.
"We offer lowest taxes in Europe and lowest costs for opening a business, as well as in logistics, energy and in competitiveness of the work force. Macedonia offers series of opportunities to invest in technological industrial development zones, where investors are freed from paying income tax in the first 10 years and also pay no value added tax and customs for their imports", Gruevski said.
Steve Sharpe, President and CEO of Euromax Resources which is already working on major mining developments in Macedonia, said: "Our experience in Macedonia is excellent. The Government showed full understanding in all issues we discussed. Many European countries could learn from the way they interact with business and bring in foreign investment. We have constant dialogue with ministers that are available 24 hours a day".