March 16 The second regular meeting of the Council for development of the Southwest planning region started with the verification of the mandates of the representatives of the non-governmental sector and the business community, Gjoko Mileski and Natasha Jovceska, who after the procedure in accordance with the Law on balanced regional development, joined the work of this regional body. Both thanked for the trust and stressed that they will strive to contribute to the articulation of the interests of the non-governmental sector, ie the business community.
In the continuation of the session, on the agenda, were reviewed the reports on the implementation of the Program for regional development, the financial report, as well as the annual accounts for the operation of the Center for development and the project “Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development” in 2021. The members of the Council expressed satisfaction with the work, and adopting the reports and annual accounts, emphasized the commitment to provide more funds and implementation of as many projects as possible in order to raise the level of realization of program activities in the current year.
Directly related to this issue, the Council reviewed and adopted the Action plan for 2022, where the members, by the manager of the Center for development, MSc. Mirjana Lozanoska, were informed that the document contains ongoing projects approved by the Ministry of local self-government, through the Programs for regional development, through the project “Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development – Phase II of implementation” by the Ministry of local self-government and the Swiss agency for development and cooperation, projects that are expected to be approved by others line ministries, as well as the activities implemented through the operation of the Business center within the Center for development.
In order to harmonize the work of the Center for development with the new Law on balanced regional development, on the meeting were reviewed and adopted the Rulebook on job systematization and the Rulebook on the system of salaries and allowances of employees in the Center for development of the Southwest planning region.
In continuation of the work, the members of the Council were informed about the course of activities related to the development of project ideas and concepts for the Investment project for which about 20 million denars are provided through the project “Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development – II phase of implementation.” In that sense, information was shared about the first regional forum, the proposed concepts, as well as the next tasks to be implemented in order to successfully complete the project development and application process through the Grant scheme of the Ministry of local self-government and the Swiss agency for development and cooperation.
The Council was informed about the current call for regional projects that would be identified and applied in the Southwest planning period through the Program for regional development 2022-2023 through the Bureau for regional development. According to the projected national budget and the established program, it is expected that around 60 million denars will be available for the Region, which will improve the living and working conditions of the local population.