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IFC Development Results and Impact

IFC Development Results and Impact 

Macedonia Round Table Discussion on Jobs


 

Creating jobs and stimulating growth in the
automotive and agribusiness sectors:
A round table discussion between the private sector and the government

 

November 14, 2013
Skopje, Macedonia 

On November 14, 2013, in the capital of Skopje, a roundtable discussion was organized at which industry representatives, government officials and international development executives (EBRD, EU, and USAID) discussed how the agribusiness and automotive industries could help Macedonia increase the number of available jobs. This event served as the inaugural country pilot for the Let’s Work partnership.
 

AGENDA

Setting the context

  • Private Sector & Jobs
  • Update on World Bank program in Macedonia
  • Government initiatives: What has worked and what could be improved

 

Building local value chains in automotive and agribusiness sectors: challenges & opportunities
 

  • Building competitive value chains in agribusiness and automotive sectors: lessons from other parts of the world
  • Developing skills and training programs for competitive automotive and agribusiness sector development: What more do we need
  • How can the private sector help in addressing the skills gap
  • Perspective from the private sector on building effective local value chains
  • Perspective from development organizations: How can we work together on supporting local value chains and job growth

 

Round table 1:
Automotive Sector and Jobs
 

Objective 1:
What are the top 3 key constraints, which if addressed, will help unlock investment in this sector and develop local value chains?
 

Objective 2:
Identify 5-6 highest priority actions that partners (government, private sector and IFIs) can take in developing the sector and local value chains.
 

 

Round table 2:
Agribusiness Sector and Jobs
 

 

Objective 1:
What are the top 3 key constraints, which if addressed, will help unlock investment in this sector and develop local value chains?
 

Objective 2:
Identify 5-6 highest priority actions that partners (government, private sector and IFIs) can take in developing the sector and local value chains.


 

Discussion on finalizing priority action items for both sectors
 

  • How can we work together to implement the priority action items to support job creation? What will it take?
  • Voting on top 3-5 action items for both sectors
  • Comments from all partners
  • Open Discussions: agreement on key next steps

 

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