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China donates IT equipment for Skopje high schools

China donates IT equipment for Skopje high schools

The Chinese government, through the telecommunications company Huawei, will donate a €7-million equipment for high schools in the City of Skopje. To that end, a memorandum of cooperation was signed on Friday in Riga.

As part of activities on the sidelines of the summit of heads of government of central and eastern European (CEE) countries and China (China-CEE Summit) in the Latvian capital, Macedonian PM Emil Dimitriev held a meeting with Huawei managers operating in the Central- Eastern Europe, Baltic and Scandinavia region, MIA reports from Riga. The company is in charge of implementing IT donations of the Chinese government to these countries.

Interlocutors in the meeting discussed prospects for cooperation between Macedonia and China in the IT sector and for collaboration between Macedonia and the Chinese telecommunications company. Ways to expand the cooperation as regards education, trade, the ‘smart cities’ concept and other spheres of interest were also discussed.

The cooperation memorandum secures a donation in IT equipment, infrastructure and technology estimated at EUR 7 million for high schools in the Macedonian capital. The donation is also considered the first stage of the educational cooperation between Macedonia and China. Representatives of the two countries pledged to continue to be in contact so as to examine existing opportunities for providing IT donation for other cities across Macedonia.

Moreover, PM Dimitriev said prospects were examined to extend the project on equipping high schools in Skopje with computers. “Huawei, which is a renowned global brand, intends to expand its activities beyond education. We told company officials that the government (of Macedonia) is fully supporting Huawei’s plans to expand their businesses in Macedonia,” Dimitriev told reporters after the signing of the memorandum.

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In addition to prospects for cooperation in several sectors, including education, the meeting also focused on the opportunities enabling Huawei to invest in Macedonia, which include the lowest tax package in Europe, free trade treaties signed with all European countries, the benefits of industrial zones in Macedonia and its qualified labour force.

The best proof of the quality of the government’s business policies is the latest Doing Business report of the World Bank, in which Macedonia is ranked 10th globally and fifth in Europe according to its conditions for running a business.

This fact was welcomed by Huawei’s president for Central and Eastern Europe, David Tang.

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“It’s an honor to have a successful cooperation with the Macedonian government. This is the first step of cooperation in the field of education. I believe in the future we will continue to cooperate together and to give support in other areas as well, such as eCommerce and the development of the concept of ‘smart cities’,” stated Tang.

PM Dimitriev, helming the government in Macedonia in charge of organizing the December 11 elections, is paying a three-day visit to Riga, which is hosting the fifth meeting of heads of government of Central and East European countries and China.