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Welcome speech


Thomas Gerberich

 Thomas Gerberich

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of North Macedonia 

As a professional organizer of a clever combination of an exhibition and conferences, whose goal is to pave the road toward energy supply based on renewable energies, RENEXPO is a unique business networking platform, promoting green economy and sustainable development goals.

After RENEXPO trade fairs have become leading in the Western Balkans since 2014, when the first expo took place in Belgrade and Sarajevo, it now takes place for the first time in Skopje. This event shows the importance of the Western Balkans region and particularly of North Macedonia for International and German investors. It will not only be a showcase of relevant companies with their advanced technologies but will also gather together interested parties in finding opportunities to cooperate, invest and innovate in the highly potential market of North Macedonia. And finally those investments will support in creating a solid economic basis for further economic reforms and will not least create incentives for the people to stay in the country.

Germany is North Macedonia’s most important trading partner. Bilateral trade will reach over 4 billion Euros at the end of this year and will grow constantly. Furthermore, more than 200 companies that use German capital are employing more than 20,000 people in the country and countless local firms have trade and business contacts with Germany or are involved in major German brands. Not to forget German technical and financial support – GIZ programs and KfW financed projects.

Also RENEXPO will become now an important part of the successful bilateral economic cooperation: It will contribute to fostering German partnerships and relations and to promote German know-how, industry, development support and investment in the Western Balkans countries. Focusing on North Macedonia and its neighbors, RENEXPO will also contribute to improve the regional cooperation and to promote sustainable and future oriented businesses like manufacturers of equipment used in hydropower plants and water management industry.

As important partner Germany will support North Macedonia further on the way to a prosperous but also green economy.

Thomas Gerberich
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of North Macedonia