On 07.02.2020 in the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, the Center for Development of Skopje Region organized the first Regional Community Forum within the project “Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development”, realized with the financial support of the Swiss Confederation, represented by Embassy of Switzerland in RM, Swiss Agency for Development and Ministry of Local Self-Government of RM.
The event was attended by representatives of all stakeholders: municipalities, business sector, civil society, educational institutions, citizens and other stakeholders.
The event was opened by the President of the Skopje Planning Region Development Council, the Mayor of Gazi Baba, Boris Georgievski, and the moderator was Ms. Zaklina Cvetkovska. The forum was attended by representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation project unit.
The aim of the project is to increase the implementation of regional development policies, to reduce regional disparities, in order to encourage local and regional development in order to improve the quality of life of all citizens.
Through this participatory and democratic model of decision-making, citizens will identify and select the most priority projects for the region, of which at least one project will be implemented as a project of highest interest and with the greatest regional impact and benefit to the whole community.
The following working groups were set up in order to select the priority themes for which conceptual projects would be developed: social inclusion in tourism, social inclusion in education and sport, social inclusion in labor market access, social inclusion in access to health services, social inclusion for access to social services.
Within the priority areas, each team identified several priority issues that were discussed among the participants. As part of the process of implementing the next project activities and identifying priority projects, the Center for Development of Skopje Planning Region will conduct two more forums during February and March.The Skopje Regional Development Center implemented the first Regional Community Forum within the project “Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development”