Country Risk Summary: MACEDONIA

September 2003
Emerging Europe Monitor: South East Europe Monitor;Sep2003, Vol. 10 Issue 9, p7
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The article presents information on political, economic and business risks of Macedonia. August 13, 2003 marked the second anniversary of the Ohrid Framework Agreement that largely brought an end to the inter-ethnic armed conflict of 2001. Though it is expected that parties will continue implementing the agreement, the political temperature is likely to continue rising ahead of presidential elections in 2004. The economy expanded 2.2% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2003, a significant improvement on the contraction of 2001 and stagnation of 2002. According to a study conducted by the Johannes Kepler University in Austria, the 'grey' or informal economy enjoys an annual turnover of some EUR1.7 billion and represents around 45% of official gross domestic product, making it one of the highest contributors in Europe.


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