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VMRO-DPMNE’s announcement on 30 FDIs and 64.000 new jobs is realistic

Prof. Dr. Tome Nenovski, PhD, analyzes election programmes of incumbent party VMRO-DPMNE and opppositional party SDSM, assessing VMRO-DPMNE’s programme realistic and feasible, with specific goals and deadlines. The incumbent party, according to him, has proved it can realize everything it promises

How would you assess VMRO-DPMNE’s early parliamentary elections campaign? 

Nenovski: High-quality election campaign is one of the reasons why VMRO-DPMNE wins all elections since 2006, as well as the realization of the planned activities within the projected deadline and publicly reports on the realized activities during their past mandate.

Once again VMRO-DPMNE offers detailed election programme on 400 pages, with specific deadlines and responsible executives of the programme activities. It means the programme is operational, custom-made and adopted to citizens’ interests.

Which measures, in your opinion, are best to improve citizens’ living? 

Nenovski: Economy growth is the main drive of citizens’ living standard. It takes continuous business climate enhancement, more domestic and foreign investments and new jobs to accomplish that in our environment, which will lead to further salaries increase, consumption, aggregate demand and eventually, increase of the country’s gross domestic product. A parallel actions in the social sphere is also necessary, by providing benefits to the most vulnerable and poorest categories of citizens (social beneficiaries, pensioners, students etc.). Those general activities for Macedonian citizens living standard improvement are already contained in VMRO-DPMNE’s election programme.

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To what extent are the announcements on 30 new foreign investments and 64.000 new jobs realistic?

Nenovski: If the amount of foreign investments could increase during the toughest economic crisis ever, and if in such conditions the number of employed persons has increased by 120.000 persons, than it is definitely possible the FDIs number to keep growing according to the projected measures. The effects from increased FDIs (domestic and foreign) and further business climate improvements would also mean new employments. Under such conditions, the number of 64.000 new employments is very realistic.

Do you find the debt writing off measure for socially vulnerable categories of citizens realistic?

Nenovski: I believe the Ministry of Finance has made realistic assessments on the budget capacities for such write off within the projected deadline. Taking into consideration business banks, EVN and telephone operators have previously stated their preparedness to be involved in such project within the reasonable time frame and proposed implementation manner.

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New measures for pensioners, students, agriculturalists, or more precisely, all citizens, have been announced. What is the message of the Government in regard to this matter?
Nenovski: The message is clear. In the days to come, the ruling party will resume realizing the planed measures and activities to improve the business set in the country, by increasing the economic growth, creating new jobs and increasing the employees’ salaries, which will finally result in enhancing the status of the so co-called middle class in the country. Similar classification can be attributed to the agriculturalists, to whom the Government will increase the amount of subsidies with a view to improving their standard of living and working, thus encouraging them to become more productive in the overall national economy. However, it is obvious that not all circles of the population can be found in that group. That, particularly, refers to pensioners with lowest incomes, socially vulnerable cases, handicapped and person with a disabilities, as well as a larger part of students that are in the so-called unproductive phase of their life. All those categories of people need help from the state in order to improve their standard of living. Thus, the state will affirm the principle contained in the preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, which says, among other things, that the Republic of Macedonia is a social state.
Have you ever made a comparative analysis of VMRO-DPMNE’s economic measures with that of SDSM, and, in your opinion, what is the difference between them?
Nenovski: There are similarities in the economic parts of the election programmes of both leading parties in the country, but also there are huge differences. The economic part of VMRO-DPMNE’s election programme offers extensive and thoroughly elaborated measures with specified deadlines and executors responsible for the programme activities. On the other hand, the economic part of SDSM’s election programme, mostly, offers framework and/or declarative activities that the party intends to realize if it wins the elections, but without their operationalization in terms of organizational, personal and temporal aspect. Which means that, in the pre-eclections campaign, they will face the operative economic election campaign of VMRO-DPMNE made according to the needs and requests of the citizens, applying the principle that it is good what it has been confirmed and proven on one hand, and  a global, temporally and organizationally, not precisely established economic election programme of SDSM, which envisages changes with which the country and its economy would start all over in their development, on the other hand.
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What kind of effects would VMRO-DPMNE’s measures have on the economy and the citizens’ life?
Nenovski: The effects of the realization of that measures could be expected in several areas: first of all, further economic growth, which, if there are no new surprises in the world, especially in the European market, is expected to note  accelerated growth rates; second, further reduction of the number of unemployed people and the number of poor people (the so-called social cases) in the country; and third, the total average growth of the standard of living of the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia.
Do you think that there are measures that should be introduced, but have not been suggested so far?
Nenovski: VMRO-DPMNE’s programme contains 2,046 operational measures, which is an exceptionally large number. However, that does not mean that the programme contains all possible and necessary measures for further improving of the economy and that it should not be open for certain amendments and additional measures. Its practical realization will show best if and where should be made amendments with a view to achieving its main goals: economic growth, increasing the standard of living of the population in the Republic of Macedonia and achieving a total social development of the country.
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By: Aleksandrija Stevkovska
Photo: Gjorgji Lichovski