Global investment expected to drop further in 2021, before slowly recovering.  Global FDI flows are forecast to drop by as much as 40% this year from last year’s total of $1.54trn, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).

These last few days, in midst of the Covid19 pandemic, we have seen the extraordinary power of technology. Coming face to face with the shortage of medical supplies, several research centers and prototyping studios in North Macedonia using the 3D printing technology, have been helping the medical staff in this fight. The Center for Knowledge Management is actively participating in these efforts through its prototyping lab - a well equipped prototyping studio which was created within the project Innoplatform in 2018, supported by the Interreg BalkanMed programme of the EU.

Prepared by: Ivana Ivanova

During these last few days, the whole world has been facing a threat on human kind. Facing this health crisis requires everyone’s utmost awareness of its seriousness. The new corona virus has brought shortage of supplies, especially medical supplies, thus a wide range of initiatives have emerged around the world. The 3D printing community is in the center of these, having the ability to construct an object within a few hours. The resources that can be designed through 3D printing can help face this crisis more easily. By having a 3D printer and using the STL file, one can produce more of the needed goods.

The Fund for Innovation and Technological Development of North Macedonia has announced the second call from the Government's Economic Growth Plan (PER), intended for co-funded technology development grants. The call is aimed at micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and private health institutions (PHIs) who want to advance the level of technological development.

 

The European Comission is preparing next Framework Programme for the period 2021-2027. The Framework will have a great impact on all the various funding programmes under the EU policies.

Some information about the Framework regarding some of the programmes have already been announced and based on them assumptions are being made as to what is in store for the EU Funding Programmes after 2020. 

 

According to the lates data of the State Statistical Office of the Republic of North Macedonia (November 2019), in 2019, 96.4% of the enterprises used computer in their work.

85.8% of the enterprises with 10 or more employees had fixed broadband connection to the Internet.

From the total number of the enterprises 55.6% had a website or a homepage.

Regarding e-commerce, 3.6% of the e-sales enterprises received orders via computer network, and 3.4% of the enterprises received orders for products or services via web sales.

Source: State Statistical Office (2019)

 

trgovska razmena According to the preliminary data of the State Statistical Office, the total value of exported goods   from the Republic of Macedonia in the period January-June 2018 amounted to 169 098 440   thousand denars, a 13.4 % increase compared to the same period last year. The value of imported goods in the same period was 225 660 248 thousand denars, or 10.8 % more than the same period last year.

The trade deficit in the period January-June 2018 was 56 561 808 thousand denars. Import coverage by export in the period January-June 2018 was 74.9 %.