North Macedonia in the World

North Macedonia in the World

The Republic of Macedonia was successfully presented at the 20th jubilee Mostar Fair as part of which the Fair of Wine and Agricultural Products of countries 16+1 was organized. Macedonian quality bottled wine, lamb, traditional sheep cheese, domestic ajvar, lutenica, malidzano were part of the Macedonian products tasted at the national promotional stand in Mostar, the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the Mostar Fair held from 4 to 8 April, 2017.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia, Andrijana Cvetkovik delivered a lecture on "Macedonia in the spotlight of Southeast Europe-the Present and Future" on the occasion of the 26 anniversary of Business Intelligence Society (BIS). The event was attended by around 80 BIS members, mainly representatives of the business community in Japan. Aside from Ambassador Cvetkovik, former Japanese Ambassador to the UN Makoto Tanuguchi and the former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata also delivered their addresses.

At the invitation of the University of Silesia in Sosnowiec (Katowice), the second oldest Macedonian language lectorate in Poland, and as a result of the cooperation with the Macedonian Embassy in Warsaw, a day dedicated to Macedonian culture was organized by Macedonian lectorate and lector Elena Micevka and held on 20 March 2017. As part of the event, the charge d’affaires Gorica Atanasova-Gjorevska delivered a lecture before students of Macedonian and Slavic languages on Macedonian-Polish political and economic relations where she also tackled cultural and educational cooperation as well as activities implemented by the Embassy in support thereof.

On 15 March 2017 the first resident Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Japan H.E Andrijana Cvetkovik, PhD and the President of JOI, Mr. Junichi Kondo signed a memorandum of understanding. The MoU is the first signed bilateral document aimed to encourage closer business relations between the two countries while promoting the Republic of Macedonia as an attractive business destination for Japanese investors.

During the first quarter of 2017, audiences in Thessaloniki were introduced to part of the Macedonian culture and cultural works through the concert of the ethnic band “Calgija Sound System” and the literature evening organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Macedonia.

On 26 February on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of the former President of the RM, Boris Trajkovski and members of his delegation, a commemoration ceremony was held at the monument at Matica Brda, Rotimlje, Stolac Municipality near Mostar.

At the beginning of 2017, audiences of northern Greece had the opportunity to get acquainted with Macedonian folklore traditions through the successful performance of the traditional ensemble “Majovci” from Debar-Mijacka and the ensemble “Dzolomari” from Kavadarci. Namely, on 3 January 2017 one of the most original folklore ensemble groups dedicated to fostering the authentic Macedonian folklore of the Mijacka region had it debut performance at the Festival of Kostur where the ensemble successfully presented the 300-year old music tradition.

On 17 February 2017, the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Astana in cooperation with the KAZGUU University organized a Day of Macedonia, where Ambassador Ilija Psaltirov held a presentation on Macedonia, its history and natural beauties. The presentation was followed by a an exhibition of paintings of Macedonian traditional costumes which included a live presentation of a traditional costume that is over a hundred years old and originates from the Skopska Crna Gora region. Finally there was a music programme with Macedonian and Kazakhstani folk songs.

On 12 January a commemorative ceremony was held at Butmir Camp in Sarajevo on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 11 members of the Aviation Brigade of the Macedonian Army.

Today, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the United Mexican States, the Ambassadors of both countries to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Mrs. Vera Jovanovska – Tipko and H.E. Mr. Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Belgrade between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Macedonia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UMS on establishing political consultations framework on issues of mutual interest.