Friday, April 6, 2018
Trade Mission to Macedonia and Kosovo
Macedonia is a Balkan nation of mountains, lakes and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture. It is a small multi-ethnic country with a population of just over two million and is very much open to foreign visitors and businesses.
It has free trade agreements with the EU, receives around 100 million euros in EU project funding per year and is a rapidly developing market that can provide opportunities in a wide range of sectors for UK companies looking to do business abroad.
Kosovo serves as an important link in the connection between central and South Europe, the Adriatic Sea, and Black Sea. It remains one of Europe's poorest countries but the economy has grown every year since independence in 2008.
Saturday 13th May: On our arrival, we were introduced to the Chamber & Government officials and given an introductory briefing.
Sunday 14th May: We embarked on a full-day guided tour to Ochrid Lake and a local food sampling event was organised so we could taste the produce and food products pertaining to the area.
Monday 15th May: A full-day's programme of reception, briefings and business meetings was arranged and sponsored by the Economic Chamber of Macedonia and the British Business Group. The British Ambassador officially opened the day and it was attended by over 40 local companies. Commemorative gifts were exchanged between the two Chambers.
In the evening we had a wine tasting and traditional Macedonian dinner at Chateau Kamnik.
Tuesday 16th May: Members had an individual choice of either business meetings and visits at the Chamber of Commerce or an exploratory visit to Matka Lake & Canyon.
In the evening everyone was invited to a reception at the British Ambassador's Residence.
Wednesday 17th May: We departed by private coach for full-day guided visit to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Our televised visit to the Kosovan Chamber of Commerce began with with a morning of business briefings from the Chamber President, British Embassy & Kosovan Government officials and then business to business meetings. We were then treated to a magnificent meal at a local restaurant sponsored by Pristina City Council.
Thursday 18th May: We departed Skopje and returned to London.
Our Trade Mission to Skopje in Macedonia and Pristina in Kosovo from 13th to 18th May this year attracted 29 participants whose original nationalities, in addition to a majority from the UK, included American, Croatian, French, Irish, Pakistani, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian - very much a reflection of London's mixed community.
The types of business they came from included Art & Art Galleries; Consultancy; Export/Import & Commodity Inspection; Finance & Banking; Food & Drink Products; Hotels & Catering; Legal: Barristers & Solicitors; Medical & Surgical Supplies; Property Management & Development; Restaurants & Wine Trade; Retail; Security; Textile Manufacture & Distribution.
£467pp in twin/double room or £612pp in single room. This included:
- Return direct flights between London & Skopje
- Transfers between airport and hotel
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast in 5* city centre hotel
- All tours and entrance fees
- Business briefings, meetings and appointments in Macedonia & Kosovo
- Some lunches and dinners.