The Liverpool International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 is the largest global concentration of business events during 2014. The 50-day festival runs across 7 weeks in June and July and will attract business delegates and trade intermediaries from around the world.

One of the main forums within the event will be the Macedonia Investment Forum which is being held in the IFB Hub, Number 1, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP on Tuesday 17th June 2014 from 11:00am until 13:00pm.

The Government of Macedonia will present “Investing in Macedonia” which will feature speeches, presentations, panel discussions and networking breaks. Guests will have the chance to listen to, meet and have conversations with the Macedonian Prime Minister and his economic team, along with business leaders who have invested in the country, consultants, economists and officials from international financial institutions.

Confirmed speakers include:

HE Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister, Republic of Macedonia

HE Zoran Stavreski, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Republic of Macedonia

Viktor Mizo, Chief Executive Officer, Free Zones Authority, Republic of Macedonia


Macedonia is a country that means business. With its ideal location in south-east Europe, modern infrastructure, competitive workforce, variety of investment incentives and an investor-friendly government, it is proving to be a popular and dynamic location for companies from Europe and around the world.


Macedonia - Open for Business


A candidate for EU and NATO membership, Macedonia is politically, financially and economically stable. GDP growth is expected to reach 2.2% in 2013 and 3.2% in 2014, easily outstripping the European Union (Source: IMF World Economic Outlook).

It ranked 5th for “Best Reformer in the World 2005-12” and 23rd for “Ease of Doing Business”, in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2013. It was 37thin Forbes’ “Best Countries for Business 2012”. A factory in Macedonia was the winner of the Best Production Facilities category in fDi Magazine’s “Projects of the Year 2012” awards.

Some of the key areas covered in the Macedonian presentation include:

• Why Macedonia?
• Location: good geographical location, political and economic stability.
• Infrastructure: first rate provision of transport, telecommunications, energy.
• Labour market: highly educated and skilled but relatively low cost.
• Investment incentives: unbeatable fiscal benefits, government support, free zones.
• Specific opportunities: manufacturing, electrical engineering, automotive, real estate, agriculture, food               processing, tourism, IT services, business process outsourcing and more.

Attendance at this event is free - if you need more information please contact:

Mr. Oliver Sam - Head of International Office – London, UK

Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion of the Republic of Macedonia

Tel: +44 (0) 207 9760720 - Mobile: +44 (0) 7885680054

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



IFB 2014 offers you the choice of more than 150 business-focused events of all shapes and sizes, spanning seven broad IFB 2014 themes:

  • Cities, Enterprise and Urban Business
  • Creative and Digital Industries
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Higher/Further Education and Research
  • Low Carbon and Renewables
  • Manufacturing, Science and Technology
  • Maritime, Logistics and Energy

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