Customs Director General, Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski took part at a Workshop on trade facilitation, held on 22nd February 2018, in the premises of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia.

The workshop was organized by the USAID Regional Economic Growth Project - USAID REG through the Center for Development Policy IDEAS DePo in cooperation with the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, the Economic Chamber of North-West Macedonia and the Economic Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies MASIT, as part of the activities to support the institutions of the Republic of Macedonia in the implementation of trade facilitation reforms for trade facilitation.

The main goal of the workshop was to inform the business sector about the latest global and regional initiatives aimed at accelerating and simplifying cross-border trade procedures and the obligations that arise for the business sector in the Republic of Macedonia and to inform about the results of the survey on barriers in cross-border procedures conducted by the USAID REG and IDEAS DePo in 2017.

The workshop was attended by representatives of companies whose business and results are closely related and directly depend on the efficient implementation of the procedures for import, export and transit of goods and representatives from the competent institutions.

Macedonian Customs Director General opened the workshop and pointed out that due to the fact that the Macedonian economy largely depends on the presence and competitiveness of domestic companies on the regional and global markets, the Customs Administration has largely focused its activities on implementing good practices to ensure easier and faster flow of goods from and to the Republic of Macedonia.

Ms. Gordana Tosheva, Regional Coordinator of Trade Facilitation of the USAID Regional Growth Project - GRA, Mr. Gjino Shkrielj, President of the Association of International Freight Forwarders and Logistic Operators at the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, Ms. Biljana Dodevska, State Advisor on euro-integration and trade cooperation of the Ministry of Economy and Mr. Zlatko Veterovski, Director of Sector for Customs System at the Customs Administration also addressed the present. They pointed out that the successful implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement in Macedonia shall mean direct involvement of state institutions and the private sector. Hence, the Agreement envisages each country to establish a dialogue and coordination mechanism, so-called National Trade Facilitation Committee, which will plan and coordinate the activities related to trade facilitation and which besides the institutions responsible for international trade procedures will also include representatives from the business sector.

Besides the ratification of the WTO Agreement, the Republic of Macedonia has also conducted negotiations with the CEFTA members and all CEFTA countries unanimously adopted the Additional Protocol 5 as a mandatory document that obliges the signatories to implement specific activities for further acceleration of the flow of goods in their trade. The provisions of Protocol 5 are largely based and compliant with the requirements of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation – said Mr. Ilir Shabani, Head of the Sector for International Trade Cooperation within the Ministry of Economy.

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