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Increasing Market Employability (IME) in Macedonia

Macedonia has had over the past years moderate growth rates of 3-7% and has been able to create jobs. However, most of them seem to be rather low quality jobs in the informal economy or agriculture.

The Project

The purpose of the Project is to enable more working age women and men, in particular young, to be engaged in sustainable decent employment or self-employment in order to be able to generate higher incomes and be competitive on the job market.
Nowadays, employers need people who can do a specific job that may require the worker to have special qualifications, experience and skills. But they also need people who can fit in to their organization and help the company succeed. Improving their employability skills through education, training and practical applications can give them an edge in the job market, positioning them for higher-earning roles with greater growth potential. These are all demands of the modern and dynamic labor market of the Macedonian society on the way towards Europe.
In order to achieve the sustainable economic growth and job creation, the project will implement interventions that will strengthen the business sector in Macedonia,
improve quality of products and services offered, expand markets and create an
enabling environment in the following targeted economic sectors:

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Green Economy

To increase growth in these sectors, the projects applies the M4P approach, targeting systemic changes in the market systems. It addresses the key underlying causes for the bottlenecks that hamper job creation. The project will implement activities that will provide access to knowledge, skills, technologies and delivery mechanisms for the targeted producers and stimulate demand for local products and services. The project will also provide information on access to financing, facilitate improved policy dialogue and support knowledge sharing amongst stakeholders. In doing so, IME will assist the selected sectors in creating decent jobs and achieving sustainable economic growth.


  • 1,590 jobs have been created since the beginning of the implementation phase (2014) generating earning income of 3,6 Million Swiss Francs in the three sectors of the IME Programme. 1,830 private businesses or individuals, out of the total 11,000 reached, have benefited financially resulting with 1,2 Million Swiss Francs net income increase.
  • Close to 1,700 individuals have improved or acquired new skills.
  • IME interventions have supported SME’s to develop or improve more than 600 new products and services, access 10 new international markets, improve market support functions and enable more conducive environment for business growth by facilitating PPD and signing 28 Memorandums of Cooperation with public institutions.

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