AmCham Macedonia Summer 2013 (issue 38) - Page 34

Selim Simbil interview continued from page 7 There are huge barriers to entry in our industry and Wabtec Corporation is truly global at this stage. But it’s not enough to have been first; we implement a lean manufacturing philosophy, striving toward continuous improvement in all of our processes. This reduces costs while increasing the quality and safety of our products. As a sort of center of excellence within the Wabtec Corporation, Wabtec MZT’s engineers contribute to standards and best practices development for the entire corporation. Their knowledge of both the Russian and EU marketplaces is paramount to the corporation’s growth in these key markets. We are very proud to employ some of the best engineers in our industry, worldwide. Our employees in every area of our operations in Macedonia are highly skilled and maintain a great work attitude. EM: Tell us something about your career and what led you to become General Manager of Wabtec MZT in Macedonia. Simbil: I actually spent 20 years in the automotive industry, a good part of which was with Delphi and Johnson Controls and only recently joined Wabtec Corporation. I’ve been in Macedonia just 5 months. I am a Turkish citizen and really appreciate being relatively close to Istanbul while still being able to take on this new, international challenge. My forefathers were from this region, so I naturally feel quite at home here! AmCham Board of Directors President Liza Popovska Financial Director/CFO Pivara Skopje First Vice President Werner Hengst Chairman of the Management Board EVN Macedonia Secretary - Treasurer Ruzica Filipceva Managing Partner Grant Thornton Makram Ghribi Plant Manager Johnson Controls Macedonia 31% Execution... continued from page 25 Right holders and their representatives are partially to blame for the pace of improvement in IPR enforcement, given their lack of organization and failure to regularly engage the system to seek protection of their rights. At least anecdotally, the few organizations that have fought for protection of their property in the country have been generally satisfied with the outcomes. While a stakeholder’s lack of direct engagement shouldn’t be an excuse to allow rampant abuse of IPRs, it does partially explain the rather low priority the issue has been given by many institutions (e.g., courts). On the whole, however, the Government’s focus on IPR protection can be said to have blurred over time. Without a commitment of funds, most IPR-related initiatives are left to enthusiastic individuals within each institution whose engagement goes unrecognized and even at their personal expense. Thus a Government commitment – in word and in deed – is needed to prevent further dampening of the country’s innovation potential. Source: June 2012. Evaluation Report: National Intellectual Property Strategy (2009-2012) in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Prepared by Mr. Ron Marchant, CB FRSA, IP Consultant, Torfaen, United Kingdom, and Mrs. Jadranka Dabovic-Anastasovska, PhD, Prrofessor, Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”, Skopje, with the contribution of Ms. Neda Zdraveva, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”, Skopje. World Intellectual Property Organization. Miroslav Marchev Tax and Legal Services Director PricewaterhouseCoopers Macedonia Stefan Plavjanski Country Manager Macedonia and Kosovo Microsot Macedonia AmCham Executive office Executive Director Michelle Osmanli Relationship and Finance Officer  Gordana Karanfiloska - Dimoska Regulatory Affairs and Policy Manager Ivana Naumovska 34 Emerging Macedonia Summer 2013 Issue 38