Action for formalization of micro-performers of economic activity in the informal economy

The purpose of this action is to increase the formalization of micro-companies in North Macedonia, ie performers of economic activity in the informal economy. Hence, the action addresses legal informality. More specific objectives of the action include:

  1. Understand the reasons for the informality of micro-operators in the informal economy (high fees, high administrative burden, low probability of being discovered, poor awareness of the benefits of formalization, etc.)
  2. To understand the activity of informal micro-performers
  3. To design a map / list of all fees, including parafiscal charges, related to starting a micro-business and running it in the early years
  4. To propose: a) a plan for reduction of the costs for firming of micro-performers of activity, including rationalization of the duties identified in 3; and b) policy measures (fiscal, labor, information) that will encourage greater formalization of micro-operators.

Client: GIZ North Macedonia

Duration: May – September 2022

Data analysis and report on Balkan Barometer 2022

The objective of the project is to conduct a data analysis and contribute to the underlying report on Balkan Barometer 2022.

Donor: Regional Cooperation Council

Partner: ACIT – Albania

Duration: April – May 2022

Analysis of SDG Financing Landscape

The objective of the SDG Financial Landscape Analysis is to map all financing flows, with the aim to identify potential approaches and activities that can contribute to efficient use of existing resources for SDG achievement and greater alignment and investment by development partners on sustainable development priorities.

Donor: UNDP

Duration: June – November 2021

Data analysis and report on Balkan Barometer 2021

The objective of the project is to conduct a comprehensive data analysis and write up the underlying report on Balkan Barometer 2021.

Donor: Regional Cooperation Council

Partner: ACIT – Albania

Duration: February – March 2021

Reaping export-oriented companies’ potential to contribute to post-Covid-19 recovery

The project aims to identify potentials of export oriented capacities including already existed foreign investors in the country to support economic recovery.

Specific objectives:

  • To identify capacities to adapt and shift current production according to changed demand (new operation, components, complementary products, etc)
  • To identify the potentials for regional re-positioning and utilization of global geographical allocation shifting and cost reduction strategy
  • To identify potential for injections of capital that parent’s company will make to affiliated companies in the country (to shift operations from other geographical locations, or to modify current production, etc).
  • To identify obstacles for export and growth
  • To identify needs for economic measures that will maximize identified potentials

 

Duration: October 2020 – March 2021

Donor: British Embassy – Skopje

 

Promoting evidence and dialogue for enhancing state aid’s effect onto consumer welfare in North Macedonia

The objective of the action is to promote evidence and foster dialogue on the role of state aid for consumer welfare in North Macedonia.

The specific objectives of the action include:

  1. To understand existing forms of state aid in North Macedonia (direct subsidies, tax exemptions, discounted loans etc.) and their (mutual) consistency within the overall anti-trust legislation in the country;
  2. To produce robust evidence on whether state aid distorts competition on the market, with application on the paramount governmental program for subsidizing companies in North Macedonia and dwelling on the ‘market economy operator’ principle;
  3. To improve the dialogue among stakeholders, as well raise public awareness, on state aid, alignment with EU Acquis and consumer welfare.

 

By having achieved these objectives, the action will significantly contribute to enhancing the role of state aid for the market competition and efficiency, and hence onto consumer welfare.

 

Duration: February 2020 – February 2021

Donor: Balkan Trust for Democracy – Norwegian Embassy Belgrade

 

Common country analysis – economic and social trends

The aim of the project is to synthesize existing knowledge in the area of economic, social and development trends and policies in North Macedonia, identify the most lagging population groups in terms of a set of development indicators, identify short- and medium-term risks, as well as knowledge and data gaps, all in the context of sustainable development goals.

 

Provider: Office of the UN Resident Coordinator

Duration: November 2019 – March 2020

 

Institutional know-how transfer to support (swift?) Europeanization of North Macedonia

The objective of the project is to elevate Finance Think at a new international / European level of development to be able to secure streamlining of the European economic values and dynamics into the national economy, as well to be able to robustly engage with EU actors relevant in this domain.

Following project’s grand objective, the specific tasks are positioned around three pillars:

  1. Teaming up / twinning with relevant EU-based peers, as well approaching to relevant EU-level economic policy actors, so as to learn how a think tank may engage in the Europeanization processes in its own country, as well to lay grounds for future cooperation with Western peers in joint initiatives;
  2. Further strengthening of FT’s research capacity, by learning from EU-based peers and transposition of their best practices into internal regulations;
  3. Elevating FT’s communication and advocacy capacity to communicate at the international level.

 

Donor: Open Society Foundations – Berlin Office

Duration: November 2019 – April 2021