A workshop on "Enhancing the economic and customs cooperation in times of crisis" was organized today by the Office for Economic and Trade Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Greece in Skopje, in cooperation with the Customs Administration. Representatives of the business sector from the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Greece, as well as the countries of the region were invited to the workshop.

Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Fatmir Bitiqi, the Director General of the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia Slavica Kutirov and the Director General of the Customs Administration of the Hellenic Republic Konstantidos Murtidis delivered welcoming and introductory remarks.  

In her address, Director General Kutirov pointed out that in 2021 the Customs Administration together with other institutions worked to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis by adopting measures and activities in its competencies in order to facilitate the movement and improve security in the global supply chain. She noted the excellent co-operation with the Greek Customs Administration at various levels, including the close co-operation with Director General Konstantinos Murtidis. The Director informed that they are working together to deepen the cooperation in terms of expanding the Green Corridors, which already function between the countries in the region, as well as the introduction of the concept "One Stop Shop".

New opportunities for trade and investment in the Republic of North Macedonia, trade facilitation and cost reduction, as well as attracting new investments were discussed at the workshop.

Representatives of the Customs Administration presented the initiatives that Customs permanently implements to assist economic operators and investors through simplified customs procedures, local customs clearance, the concept of Authorized Economic Operator, as well as the new facilitation rules of origin and further digitalization.

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