AmCham Macedonia Winter 2014 (Issue 40) - Page 3

Dear AmCham Macedonia members and friends – Welcome to the Winter 2014 edition of Emerging Macedonia. I hope you’ll benefit from our coverage of trade infrastructure issues in Macedonia and the region as well as the important role of international companies in the infrastructure development process. You’ll also find coverage of last year’s holiday events as well as information on upcoming activities. In particular, I’d like to highlight that on March 6th, we plan to kick off the AmCham events calendar with a high energy motivational seminar for salespeople delivered by guest speaker, Mike Moore. Mike is a popular American motivational speaker whose clients include organizations such as the New York Yankees baseball team, ExxonMobil, IBM and the American Red Cross. I’m sure our readers will agree that in tough economic times, companies are particularly interested in increasing sales, which requires both high morale of sales personnel as well as continuous improvement in related processes. This event is sure to be unique and your sales people will not want to miss it! The Board’s focus also remains on promoting deeper and more impactful cooperation between companies and universities in the country. We are planning an event in late May that will again bring together the stakeholder community on this theme and feature a prominent U.S. expert, Mr. Rick Norment, a Senior Fellow and former Executive Director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships. Later this year, we are also planning events to highlight women’s leadership issues, to engage grade school teachers in an effort to include IPR themes in grade schools and to host an AmCham Bulgaria delegation in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service. Our goal is to increase the interaction between our members and coordinate our advocacy activities to the advantage of all of us. Looking forward to our successful cooperation in 2014, Liza Popovska President of AmCham Macedonia’s Board of Directors American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia • Ivo Lola Ribar 59A-1/15, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia Phone: (+389 2) 3216 714; Fax (389) 2 3246 950 • Emerging Macedonia Winter 2014 Issue 40 3