Macedonia is already moving towards green growth.

The main elements of the path of green growth is spanning across all sectors, with emphasis on the person water, agriculture, overcoming the challenges of adapting to climate change, energy and transport.

This is stated in the report “Green Growth” of the World Bank, which celebrates 20 years of operation in Macedonia.

At the presentation addressed the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Vladimir Peshevski who noted that the World Bank is one of the most important partners of Macedonia. In the past 20 years, he said, the World Bank was vital source of financial and technical support to our country by encouraging the development of more sectors.

He reminded that the government prepared and adopted National Strategy for Sustainable Development in 2010.

- The main benefit of implementing the strategy is the active work of the National Council for Sustainable Development of the Government is to establish society based on knowledge, policies that will provide economic growth and development, the successful adaptation of the Macedonian economy to climate change, job creation, maintaining macroeconomic stability. At the same time the protection, promotion and maintenance of the environment and rational use of resources in order to increase the living standard of Macedonian citizens, said Peshevski.

Program for green growth and climate change began in 2011, funded by Norway and Sweden, and supported by the World Bank. The program contains green growth sector analysis that shows the relationship between energy, water, transportation, agriculture, social dimension, and urbanism.

- The analysis resulted in establishing macroeconomic model, tool that will enable the Government through the stimulation of specific policies and scenarios in the medium and long period of time, to apply best practices and measures that will improve the quality of government decisions and policies, which ultimate goal is to raise the standard of living and provide a secure and prosperous future for generations to come, said Peshevski.

Swedish Ambassador to Macedonia Mat Stafanson noted that Sweden currently has 3,000 to 4,000 companies active in the field of green technologies and added that their number is constantly increasing.

The report states that for several decades of Macedonia will be richer country like Western Europe and one of the priorities that should be considered are energy efficiency, energy supply, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transport, urban planning, climate change, clean water.

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