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The sixth General Assembly of
DCC in Macedonia
was held on 19th
of February 2009 in the
Hotel “Aleksandar Palace”
Opening of the
by Mr. Peter J. Bosse, a
President of the Board of DCC
a welcome word to all attended
Settlement of the Agenda.
Ljupcho Todorovski, vice executive manager has introduced
the audience with the daily agenda which was accepted by
of the board; discharge and election of members of the
resignation the old
executive board of DCC, Mr. Todorovski has proposed two new
members to be elected for the new board of DCC in 2009 -
Mrs. Cveta Badzakova and Mr. Nenad Petrovski.
elections over than 55% of the presents were voting for the
proposed DCC executive board. The board was announced with 6
members: Mr. Peter John Bosse , Mr. Ljupco Todorovski, Mr.
Sreten Andonov, Mrs. Natasa R. Madic, Mrs. Cveta Badzakova
and Mr. Nenad Petrovski. Mr. Peter John Bosse was reelected
on position President of the board. Mr. Ljupco Todorovski
was reelected on position executive manager. Right after the
constitution of the new Board, Mr. Bosse made statement
explaining that due to his activities in Kosovo, and further
more expecting even more activities there during 2009, all
obligations, responsibilities and duties for DCC Macedonia
would be transferred to Mr. Ljupco Todorovski. After
successful reelection the agenda was followed with the
speech of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
4. Speech by the
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia
H.E. Mrs. Simone Filippini.
In her rich and
to the audience especially to the members of DCC and to all
which are interested in cooperation with the Netherlands,
she pointed the importance of development of the small and
medium companies which are the strategic base in every
national economy. She welcomes all interested to visit the
web site of the Netherland Embassy where is the information
above Dutch economical structure helps the countries
including Macedonia. She mentions the PSI programme as one
of the possibilities in cooperation between Dutch/Macedonian
companies and organizations like DCC, PUM and CBI. (More
about the speech in
report of GA 2009)
5. Speech by the Deputy
Minister in the Ministry for Economy
of Republic of
Mr. Metodij Hadzi
Mr. Hadzi Vaskov has pointed the positive
cooperation with DCC on international level, which marks
better results, from year to year. He reminded that the
Dutch government is one of the biggest donors and friend to
Macedonia and give the strategic priority in the fields that
are part of the multi bilateral strategic plan between
Holland and Macedonia: Contribution to the Euro-Atlantic
integration; Contribution to the improvement of the
political and economic governance and contribution for
greater economic and human development…( you can read the
full speech in the completed report from the 2009).
of the activity report
Andonov, a board member of DCC has gaudiness the presents
through monthly activities of
the work of DCC.
Presentation of the
Mr. Ljupcho Todorovski, a
vice-executive manager has explained the real situation with
DCC list of membership and the problems comes from unpaid
membership for last year, as well as the announcing the new
approach of cooperation with active members .
8. Introducing the new DCC
members by Mrs. Natasa
Madic, a board member who also invite the members to
accept the Certificates that
DCC has prepared for this occasion.
introduction of new DCC member “Kadino IG”- Skopje by
Mr.Gjorgievski, who explained
Kadino I.G becomes the real Macedonian brand.
b). Short introduction of new DCC
member “TNT express”-Skopje
9. Presentation of the
Activities Agenda for 2009,
As the president of DCC give
compliments for the work and effort of Mrs. Sonja
Mitrinovska Boeva who is leaving the office because of her
pregnancy and announced her replacement with the new office
Cvetanka Hristovska, she presented the plan that DCC will
try to cover and realize in 2009.
10. Questions and
In this section we had a pleasure that
H.E. Mrs. Simone
Filippini was having questions according possible ideas
and questions that DCC members are having as a problem or
suggestion. But seems all of them were more comfortable to
join her with questions during the cocktail after the
closing the working part of the assembly.
11. Speech by the Dutch
writer, businessmen, university professor and enology
expert, Mr. Paul Balke
As a final speech
after the working part of the agenda Mr. Bosse has introduce
the presents with DCC special guest Mr. Paul Balke,
who has published the winery book for
the different wines from
several countries and he is willing to make his own
expertise for Macedonian wine. We hope that DCC will help
him in this direction as one of the project plans we have in
this sector organic food and wines.
12. Closing of the General
Assembly by the President
of the Board and invitation for the cocktail for all
presents, supported by our patron member “Fersped”.
We can be proud and honored by presence of all DCC
members and parties that attend of this event and thankful
for the friendly atmosphere afterwards.
With the number (84) of DCC members, guests and
representatives from the institutions and organizations
cooperators of DCC, that attend this event we can confirm
our satisfaction that DCC General Assembly for 2009
The full board DCC Macedonia and Kosovo
DCC Business Club III Stip 21 October 2008 with a textile workshop
held by MODINT Netherlands
Date: 21.10 2008
Place: Hotel “Oaza” Stip
Lecturer: Mr. Matthijs Criettee director of Modint BV from
DCC OFFICE: Peter J Bosse, president of the board, Sonja
Mitrinovska Boeva, head of the office, Nada Ilievska
Gruevska, office assistant;
Organizations and institutions attending the event with
welcoming word or presence:
Ministry for Economical affairs of Republic of Macedonia-
Mrs. Nikolina Trajanoska
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Macedonia –
Mrs. Soffi Mufoshovski
Municipality of Stip - the mayor Mr. Pande Sarev and Chief
of Cabinet Mrs. Gjufteska
Macedonian Textile Association TTA- Mrs. Natasa Sivevska
Fashion MK / Cyber Link Mrs. Marina Sharovska
Faculty of technology and Metallurgy dept. Textile
Engineering, PhD. Goran
Excusive Board from DCC in Kosovo
The event started with the opening word by the president of
DCC, Mr. Peter J Bosse who introduce the audience with the
chamber and explain the idea of DCC for organizing the
textile workshop with special lecturing in Stip. He present
the Modint and the Dutch expert Mr. Matthijs Crietee as a
guest- lecturer , as well all the parties included in the
organizing and providing this event.
After his expose he pass the microphone to Mrs. Sonja
Mitrinovska Boeva , as a coordinator of the project, the
moderator of the event and head of DCC office. She
introduces the audience with the daily agenda and the role,
tasks and goals of DCC in the past 6 years.
Welcoming word was made by the
mayor of Stip, Mr.Sarev who explained the textile situation in the
region through statistics and facts, as well the importance of the
textile in the region due the fact that most of the population is
economically living and existing from this product.
The workshop was opened with a
short speech of Mr. Crietee, who he had introduced himself as expert
and lecturer, as well the “MODINT BV” from Zeist as the biggest
textile association in Holland and Europe.
He explained the positive
aspects and future of the Macedonian textile companies as a
competitive companies because Macedonia has no bad image according
manufacturing and exploitation of children work and other not
acceptable priorities that the countries from EU usually are taking
in advance when they are willing to cooperate. Important on this
lecturing was the advice of Mr. Crietee that Macedonia must have
their own Macedonian brand and that the Macedonian textile companies
must incorporate in a unique organization, with own representative
He pointed the new perspectives
in the field of legislative in Macedonian export – import which is
going to be implemented.
Also statistics from the experience and knowledge of Modint
and their own members were presented with guidance in the sectors in
the textile and advice in how this can be also possible in the
Macedonian textile production and industry. Contacts between the
manufacturers and the big Dutch fashion brands were explained in the
lecture, so our companies could learn the way of communication and
business in this field. Also the global sourcing trends were highly
professional explained and lectured, with special strategy plan made
for the Macedonian and Balkan region and market.
After the seminar, each company
had a chance to talk on short B2B meetings with Mr. Crietee,
requesting contacts from Modint in mach-making with the Dutch
companies and partners or asking for ideas in educating of the
personnel within the companies, as well asking for advice or
suggestions in other fields of interest.
The event was a great success
of DCC and other cooperators on this workshop and lecturing. The
success was measured by the opinion of our superiors and the Dutch
expert, as well from the reactions and interest of the companies
present on this event.
They were happy to learn so much from the chosen themes, to get
advice or expertise from the lecturer and to make contacts with the
Dutch textile association, along with the possible partners or
investors from Holland.
On the end of the seminar we
organized also presentations with themes needed for the textile
sector and industry, in different braches. Companies in the Bank
sector, such as presentations from Pro Credit ban, Stater Bank and
IK Bank, company from insurance sector – Vardar ad Osiguruvanje and
the transport company TNT Express. They all made a presentation of
their programs, offers and possibilities in their branches specially
made for the needs of the textile sector.
The third DCC business club was
attended from several companies, mostly from the textile sector. We
also contacted the representatives from the Faculty of tourism from
Stip, the director Mr. Miho Sterjov who came on the event and was
interested in further cooperation with DCC. We have to mention that
his was our first DCC Business Club in other parts in the region of
our country, as till now we were organizing events only in Skopje.
Agrofood Skopje Fair 2008
THE DUTCH CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE IN MACEDONIA AND THE
EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF
THE NETHERLANDS IN
MACEDONIA ATTEND FROM 23RD TILL 27TH OF
OCTOBER THE FAIR “AGROFOOD
2008” IN SKOPJE FAIR WITH OWN STALL DECORATED IN DUTCH AMBIENCE
AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE.
ALONG WITH THE DUTCH EMBASSY
AND DCC, PRESENTATION WITH SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS HAD TWO DUTCH
ORGANIZATIONS CBI AND
PUM Netherlands Senior
ON FRIDAY 26TH OF
OCTOBER THERE WAS PRESENTATION OF THE AGRICULTURE IN HOLLAND,
LECTURED BY THE ATTACHE OF AGRICULTURE IN THE DUTCH EMBASSY IN
CROATIA (COVERING SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO AS WELL) Mr. OSKAR MEUFELS.
THE DUTCH ORGANIZATION CBI HAD PRESENTATION IN “FRESH VEGETABLE AND
FRUIT” WITH A LECTURER FROM HOLLAND.
DCC WAS PRESENT WITH THEIR HEAD
OFFICE STAFF REPRESENTING THE CHAMBER VIA BROSHURES, COURIERS AND
PRINTED INFORMATION, AS WELL INFORMING THE INTERESTED PARTS OF THE
POSSIBILITIES THAT DCC CAN OFFER TO MEMBERS AND COMPANIES. DCC HAD
SEVERAL MEETINGS WITH AGRO COMPANIES AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
MINISTRY FOR AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND WATER ECONOMY
Opening DCC Kosovo June 2008
Soon to be opened a new branch office in Pristine, Kosovo.
We are as working to open DCC in Albania as well. We do believe that
the economic future between the Netherlands will set to work from
all this 3 bordering and friendly countries.
Also a better service can be offered to all our members as they can
use our services for all these 3 countries as well.
For trade mission the opportunities will be far-out greater as DCC
is covering 3 countries.
DCC Business Club video online
March 11 the DCC Business Club took place in Skopje at Restaurant Domini.
The theme has been food and beverages. A special promotion has been
made as a introduction of OLM Beer. Present was also the founder and
owner of OLM Beer Mr. Mark Schneider.
General Assembly DCC 2008 at Aleksandar Palace
Report from the
General Assembly of the Dutch Chamber of
Commerce in Macedonia
On the 12th of February 2008 in the
Hotel "Aleksandar Palace" - Skopje an Annual
General Assembly of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in
Macedonia was organized. This year on the General Assembly around
130 people were present, among them were DCC members and friends,
representatives from the governmental and non-government
institutions, organizations and associations, the media etc. Several
foreign chambers of commerce and the Macedonian Chambers of
Commerce were also present, as well H.E. The Ambassador of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the state counselor of the Ministry
of Economy in Macedonia and the vice- president of the Macedonian
Government. read more
H.E. Mrs. Simone Filippini
Team DCC 2008
Official agreement between DCC and The Macedonian Chambers of
commerce February 8th. 2008
Both presidents signing a new cooperation agreement.
Both chambers made an agreement to work
on the field of development and promotion of Macedonian-Dutch
business structure, with mutual participation in economical
pro-missions and business events. That will result with big benefit
for the members of the both Chambers and for the Macedonian and
Dutch business society
Meeting with Netherlands embassy at the DCC office
After our last meeting with Mr. Govert W. Visser, Counselor,
Deputy Head of Mission, we had a meeting in DCC office at
February 4, with the Dutch Ambassador, H. E. Mrs. Simone
Filippini, Mr. Govert W. Visser and Mr. Pance Kralev, the
economy deputy into the Embassy regarding the future cooperation
of DCC and the Embassy on all fields.
This has been the first official meeting with the new Dutch
ambassador H.E. Mrs. Simone Filippini.
We had a open talk about DCC their activities and possible
future cooperation between the embassy and DCC.
Also we updated each other about our activities and future
Inside talk with Honor member Jerry Chundro
Peter Bosse & Jerry Chundro
Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Jerry Chundro. I was born in 1963 on the caribbean
island of Curaçao, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since
1991 I work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague,
Netherlands. As of October 2004 I am working at the Audit
Department in The Hague. I have a financial background. After
buying an apartment in the Hague and refurbishing it for 9
months, I decided to use my remaining free time during this
posting in the Netherlands to do something useful, so I started
studying again. This summer I will finish my post masters
studies as a Chartered Controller/Exec. Master of Finance and
Control at the TIASNimbas Business School of the University of
Tilburg in the Netherlands. After this summer I will be
positioned at another embassy somewhere; at the moment it is not
known yet where that will be.
What is or was your connection with
Before my current job, I was working at the Holandska Ambasada
in Makedonia from 2001-2004. Some of you may know me as the Head
of Operations and Consular Affiars during that time.
What is your opinion about Macedonia as a
country and the people?
My wife and I really love Makedonija. We where overwhelmed by
the kindness and hospitality of everyone. Before we arrived in
Skopje in 2001 we where warned by some people not to go as there
was an ethnic conflict and people might react strange to us.
Well, I am very glad we still went to Makedonija. We had a very
good time. Yes, people in general where very curious who we
where (I know I look a bit strange for a Dutchman), but they
where also easy so get in touch with and have conversations.
Although we have not been back since 2004, we still have a lot
of friends in Skopje. Makedonija is not big and it is
landlocked, but that did not hold us back to discover its
beauty. There are a lot of possibilities to spend one's time in
a nice way. Archaeological sites, eco-tourism, Lake Ohrid and
Prespa, Mavrovo, nice Monasteries and Mosques on top of the
hills, the list goes on..... In the hey are poor, but live in
balance with nature and their surroundings. I respect that.
Because of all the different ethnic groups there is a rich
cultural diversity. As a musician for example I enjoyed the
collaboration between ethic- Albanian, Roma and
ethnic-Macedonian musicians. The result is a genuine and truly
unique type of music, which proves that by working together
great things can happen!
You saw the work of DCC and their
matchmaking missions to the Netherlands,
how important is this according you?
In a free market economy it is always a good thing if traders
and businessmen organize themselves. It is up to governments to
create an enabling environment, good macro-economic conditions
such as an acceptable inflation rate and positive GDP growth,
attractive tax-regimes, implement International Financial
Reporting Standards (IFRS), etc, etc. But the real deals have to
be closed business-to-business, taking into acccount the local
environment, opportunities and threats and the strenght and
weaknesses of their own companies and products. DCC can help to
bring the Macedonian businessmen in direct contact with
interesting parties in the Benelux or elsewhere and to explore
the opportunities and possibilities for investing in Macedonia.
If you had a choice for business would you
consider Macedonia as a good
choice? And if yes why?
Of course! There are sufficient reasons for investors. To name
only a few:
Location, Location, Location! In the middle of the Balkan with
close proximity to the EU-states and markets. Acceptable labour
prices and availability of a fairly skilled labour force. Good
climate, well suitable for agro-business. Plenty of space, e.g.
between the airport and the city for industrial zones. In the
near future Macedonia is moving towards NATO and EU-membership.
Compared to a few years ago there is an increased focus on trade
and investments between Macedonia and other EU-countries and the
business climate has improved. The government is pro business
and economic growth orientated, has implemented structural
economic reforms and is expected to further continue to do so
and stimulates foreign direct investments in Macedonia.
Second phase of the A Den Doolaard
Mr. Vladimir Toic
Hans Olink, writer journalist, visited us twice in September
and we agreed that his book about the writer A Den Doolaard will be
first time presented in front of the statue in Ohrid. We also agreed
to work together on some cultural activities.
DCC opened a monument for Dutch famous writer in Ohrid. This was in
May 2006, now DCC is planning phase two of the following:
Construction of the Amphitheatre part around the monument for
From last year 2007 DCC appointed a new
Dutch country manager Mrs. Irene Talsma:
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Holland. I work for a Dutch private bank, as an account
manager. All our products are custom made for our clients. This
makes it an interesting, demanding and dynamic place to work. When
I’m off work I like to train my horse, spend time with friends and
do some work for DCC.
A part of my ancestors are Macedonian, so that’s why I feel
connected to Macedonia. The last two years I spend quite some time
in Macedonia and the more I’m there, the more I like it. It’s a
lovely country with lovely people. I feel lucky that by working for
DCC I can participate in Macedonian life a bit
What kind of a impression did you get while you
were here in our office during the month of September?
I had a very good time working with the people of DCC in Macedonian.
Everybody made me feel welcome and helped me to do my job as good as
possible. Professional people who have a lot of good ideas, so many
ideas that it feels like there is not enough time to realize them
all. I met hard working people who really make an effort to do their
work in a professional way with high quality standards
How do you see DCC function in the coming
In the big picture it seems to me that DCC can play a part in
letting Macedonia enter the EU. By creating chances to develop
business between Macedonia and Holland the economy will grow.
Macedonian companies have the chance to meet Dutch companies and get
familiar with their way of working. If Macedonia has solid business
relationships with a country that is an EU member I think that can
help to meet the requirements that are given to become a EU member.
On a smaller scale I think it’s great that DCC is helping Macedonian
companies to expand their horizon and do business with counter
parties that they might not have found by their self. And off course
the other way around, it’s excellent that Dutch companies get more
aware of the possibilities that lie in Macedonia. It might not be
the first place for them to look for a partner, but it sure can be
the best place!
During 2007 DCC signed a contract
for technical cooperation with Cyberlink. This Macedonian company
owns WEB portal (www.fashionmk.com) that provides information's for
Textile 2008 read more...
General Assembly DCC 2007 at Aleksandar Palace
January 31, 2007 all members came together at the Dutch Chamber of
commerce general assembly to be informed about new activities and
all the projects and news since the last assembly
Opportunities - but be prepared.
For entrepreneurs in your sector, the European Union is potentially
one of the most profitable markets in the world. But despite all the
buzz about the 'global village' and the breakdown of barriers,
exporting to the EU is still difficult and complex, resulting in
many exporters missing prime opportunities.
Good opportunities do exist. Imports into the EU have shown major
growth in recent years. Due to rising production costs EU companies
are forced to purchase products outside of Europe. The question is;
how to turn opportunities into profitable business?
A new export development programme
To help entrepreneurs in the sector Personal Protective Equipment
improve their competitive position, the CBI has developed a new
tailor-made export development programme.
The basic approach is to break down most barriers in exporting to
the EU. Like all our export development programmes, this programme
offers broad support, from identifying market opportunities and
competitors' prices to meeting international quality standards and
finding EU buyers.
Who can apply?
The programme is open to all manufacturers in your country eager to
sell on the EU market or to improve their export position.
Your role as a business support organisation
As business support organisation you will have a clear perspective
on potential candidates for our new export development programme.
Candidates are to be found in the textile, leather and plastic
industries. The entrepreneurs, the sector and your organisation will
certainly benefit from bringing our programme to the attention of
all national stakeholders. For organisations that become actively
involved in the programme, the CBI may offer training, promotion and
assistance in setting up a sector plan.
More detailed information on our programme, including application
forms and a product group list, can be found on our website,
If you would appreciate further information, please do not hesitate
to contact us.
The pre-selection of participants has started.
Applications should be in our possession ultimately on May first
Yours sincerely DCC
our office for more information about CBI
DCCourier October 2005 (English)
DCCourier October 2005 (Macedonian)
[PDF/EN] Interview with Peter Bosse (English)
DCC January 31 2007 Aleksandar Palace 12:00 h.
in the Netherlands (fair)
About Macedonian Chambers of Commerce
Macedonia's Leading Business Network
Founded in 2004, Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (MCC) is
independent, nonpolitical and nonprofit organization and it serves
as an umbrella organization of the five constitution chambers of
commerce: Industry Chamber, Trade Chamber, Services Chamber,
Agro-business Chamber and ITC Chamber. Our mission is constantly
increasing the competitiveness of member companies, improving
Macedonia’s business environment and expanding sales of our products
in the global market.
Macedonian Chambers of Commerce
and Netherlands Chamber of Commerce
in Macedonia have established institutional linkage that would be
the base for exchange of knowledge and experience. The Chambers are
going to further develop and intensify mutual economic relations and
exchange information about commerce, industry and economy in
general. All activities that would be undertaken in the frame of
this cooperation are going to generate benefits for the members of
We are proud to work together in development of a stable investment
climate and play a key role in the attraction of foreign investors.
Video report on participation in the fair Tehnoma and the first
joined cooperation between the Dutch Embassy and DCC
Introduction by Peter Bosse at the establishment of DCC
on Monday July 3, 2006 at Aleksandar Palace Skopje in cooperation
with the Dutch EVD
Also here we made a presentation on September 29, 2006 at Kavardarci
For more details please
Skopje 26th. April 2006 presentation video Mikrosam promotion at
For production of parts for Wind Energy turbines. Lack of
complete autoimmunization of major process for production of towers
and rotor blades for wind turbines, motivated us to focus our
efforts in defining technologies that will enable production of
mentioned parts for wind energy turbines.
opening a statue for
famous Dutch writer A den Doolaard
May 29th. 2006
for more news go to the
of DCC (in Dutch)
A den Doolaard with
Peter J Bosse for Dutch radio 2001
(7 minutes 7 Mb.)
Radio (VPRO) De Avonden in Dutch.
A den Doolaard event and
newsletter A den Doolaard project