North Macedonia

North Macedonia received EU candidacy country status in 2005, but the opening of accession negotiations has been repeatedly delayed. The country has a high rate of unemployment at 21%, and 46% among youth. The economy faces structural problems, high poverty and socioeconomic disparities among the unemployed, youth, Roma and the disabled at risk of exclusion.
After independence in 1991, a solid democratic framework was established, but reforms have slowed in recent years, delaying EU accession. The upper-middle income country relies on textile an agriculture exports. 
About North Macedonia

COUNTRY FACTS

  • Area in km2: 25,713
  • Population: 2,077,132
  • Capital: Skopje

Projects

Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade facilitation, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, Vietnam
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme
The heart of any entrepreneurial ecosystem is the community of entrepreneurs themselves. The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program (Swiss EP) has incorporated this belief and supports building local startup communities bottom up by working with ecosystem leaders and builders since 2015. We do this by working with selected startup support organizations...

News

Vietnam, Albania, Peru, Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
16.09.2021
Impact figures of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program 2020/21
After 6 years of the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program operating, there is a clear development of the startup ecosystems picking up speed in most countries. The program shares updated impact figures for 2020/21.
Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
25.02.2021
The Western Balkans Angel Academy
Swiss EP has been present in the Western Balkan countries for almost six years now. Working in different countries, we identified the lack of private investment as one of the key challenges for startups in the region. Swiss EP saw an opportunity to change this and support a program (the Western Balkan Angel Academy) that addressed this challenge head-on.

Swisscontact in North Macedonia

Swisscontact in North Macedonia contributes to reducing un- and underemployment, especially for youth, and economic development through two projects.

The Swiss Entrepreneurship Program S-EP works with the entrepreneurial ecosystem to provide local start-ups access to improved programs, high value services, strategic and practical advice, as well as valuable international connections so they create value for the local economies.

The Swiss Import Promotion Program SIPPO works with business support organizations to strengthen their competitive position, facilitate market access and export to Switzerland, the EU, and other international and regional markets.

Swisscontact’s portfolio in North Macedonia is aligned with Switzerland’s development strategy in the country.