Annual Report 2012 - Page 9

American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia • Establishing cooperation with the State Office of Industrial Property to facilitate translation of the WIPO materials for kids. Late in 2012, the committee successfully procured U.S. embassy grant funds to support a variety of committee activities and initiatives for the 2012-13 period, including organizing a delegation to the 10th annual AmCham Serbia IPR Conference. The conference provided a chance to better get to know members of the institutional committee as well as to benchmark Macedonia’s IPR reality with peers in a neighboring country. Our delegation included 4 members of the National Coordinative Body on IPR and 4 committee members. The trip resulted in several follow-on initiatives in 2013. Workforce Development In 2012, the Workforce Development committee met 7 times and involved 12 member company representatives. • Held a mentoring workshop to highlight best corporate practices from AmCham members Nextsense, ONE Telekom Slovenia Group and T-Mobile Macedonia. • Conducted a one day training session for “First Time Managers”. Participants learned about the transition from a non-managerial to management role. • Organized a Business Forum entitled: 'Maximize Your Human Capital Potential: Preventing Employment Discrimination against Disabled People'. The goal of the session was to encourage companies to take a proactive and realistic approach toward diversification of their workforce. More than 30 participants attended this event, featuring a lively discussion on the reasons behind the very low participation of disabled people in the workforce at large in Macedonia. • Hosted the Director of the State Employment Agency, Mr. Vlatko Popovski, to learn more about their plans to revamp their databases and service offerings, including introduction of career planning, training plans, etc. for each unemployed person actively seeking work. The meeting also covered developments in the draft internship law initiative. 9