AmCham Macedonia Winter 2016 (issue 48) | Page 5

Dear AmCham Macedonia members and friends – Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of Emerging Macedonia. I hope you’ll benefit from our coverage of Macedonia’s progress and remaining challenges related to its grey economy.You’ll also find coverage of a number of other hot topics on the national and international business scene, in addition to coverage of our recent events. In particular, I’d like to highlight that in February, we plan to kick off the AmCham events calendar with an event focused on consumer protection and competition. The gathering will give company representatives the opportunity to meet with the Director of the State Market Inspectorate, as well as with leaders of the country’s consumer protection organizations. They will also be able to learn more about Competition Law trends in the region. In AmCham leadership news, we’ve reluctantly bid an early farewell to two great Board members this January, Miroslav Marchev and Emre Kozlu. Miroslav served a total of over 3 years on AmCham’s Board, including as its President in 2014-2015. He was also a key driver of Legal & Tax Committee over the past several years, leading a number of advocacy initiatives during that time. We wish Miroslav all the best in his new role as Tax Services Leader in PwC Svetovanje in Slovenia. Despite Emre Kozlu’s Board service lasting just one year, he managed to contribute meaningfully to the design, execution and visibility of AmCham events and programs. We’re confident he will bring the same positive energy to his new role with Philip Morris International, Turkey. Finally, I’d like to be among the first to welcome two new temporary members to our Board of Directors: • Mihael Solter, General Manager of Philip Morris-TKP; and • Georgi Markov, Senior Manager, Leader of PWC Macedonia’s Tax and Legal Services Practice. Looking forward to our successful cooperation in 2016, Michelle Osmanli Emerging Macedonia is a quarterly publication of AmCham Macedonia. No reproduction of any materials published in Emerging Macedonia is permitted without the explicit written permission of AmCham Macedonia. The articles in the magazine express the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of AmCham Macedonia, its members, board of directors or staff. While AmCham Macedonia makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all published information, AmCham Macedonia is not responsible for errors or omissions. The magazine is available on our web site: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Michelle Osmanli • PHOTOGRAPHER: Maja Janevska Ilieva• PRINTING: Propoint Print House • ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: [email protected]