SECO/USAID MSME Programme Macedonia

Project completed

The programme aims at supporting micro and small enterpreneurs in Macedonia with a view to spur economic growth and create jobs. The programme is implemented with USAID.

Country/region Period Budget
01.06.2014 - 31.12.2017
CHF 2'698'000
Background Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) play a vital role in the Macedonian economy. Official data on MSME activity is limited though it is estimated that they account for almost 75 per cent of total employment in the Macedonia. Most MSMEs operate in agribusiness and manufacturing, and benefit from their competitive advantage of providing good quality products and services at a relatively inexpensive price. Nonetheless, MSME growth is constrained particularly by a lack of management and enterpreneurial skills as well as limited coordiantion when it comes to local economic growth initiatives.
Objectives The overall goal of the programme is to enhance economic growth of Macedonia. To do so, the programme will foster enterpreneurship, i.e. support enterpreneurs in better managing their business activities, and increase the quality of local growth initiatives, i.e. bring together all relevant stakeholders such as the private sector, local governments as well as the business support industry. The ultimate aim is to stimulate growth of small and medium-sized enterprises and thus spur job creation at scale.
Medium-term outcomes Improved management and entrepreneurial skills.Improved quality of locally-provided business support services.Good quality, sustainable, and well-coordinated subnational growth initiatives are established.

Expected results:   Management and entrepreneurial skill training.Coaching of existing business support service providers.Public-private dialogue, workforce development, and supply chain initiatives.

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'698'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   5'680'000
Project phases

Phase 10 01.06.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)