Trade Guide for Cross Border Cooperation in the Prespa-Ohrid Region

Project Description

The Prespa-Ohrid region is industrialized only sparsely; small-scale enterprises dominate the local economies. The region suffers from deindustrialization and the concomitant loss of employment opportunities. Most stakeholders in the Prespa-Ohrid Euro region, therefore, view the cross border business co-operation as lying at the heart of the regional development and, thus, regard it as integral component of a functional cross border co-operation. Therefore, EWI contracted EPI CENTAR International to analyze the border tariffs and regulations in combination with the identification of the support activities promoting economic development and cross-border trade, as well as policy analysis that would be presented on national and regional levels as part of the Prespa-Ohrid Euroregion and EWI regional policy advocacy work.

The outputs of the assignment was to support ongoing activities to encourage and support cross-border trade and economic development in the Prespa- Ohrid Euroregion through:

  • Production of a simple ‘Investor’s Trader’s Guide’ on border tariffs and customs regulations in the border-region and other relevant information for the investors in the region in a comprehensive and understandable manner.
  • Preparation of a policy research and recommendations for measures to support and encourage cross-border trade in the border-region, formulating a first stage Policy Brief for discussion.
  • Production of a comprehensive and organised package of materials and information gathered from the research for the draft Policy Brief.
  • Presentation of the research and its findings / conclusions / recommendations at one to three EWI meetings.

The “Trade guide for cross border cooperation in the Prespa-Ohrid region” was published in the English, Macedonian, Albanian and Greek languages. 

Experts involved:

  • 3 Senior Expert
  • 2 Junior Experts
  • 1 Legal Expert

Project Details

  • Legal services
  • East West Institute
  • 06-16-2017
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