REDI SUMMIT 2022

22 – 23 November, Skopje, North Macedonia

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ROMA ENTREPRENEURS | NEXT GENERATION

 

About the summit

The second edition of the REDI SUMMIT aims to bring together key stakeholders, such as public institutions, non-profit organizations, European and International Institutions, social innovators and entrepreneurs, around the issue of the resilience of Roma communities faced during and after COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sessions
Competent speakers will debate how Roma development priorities fit with the green and digital transformation agenda of the EU.

Side Events
The workshops and panels of the summit seek to foster the perfect environment for knowledge building and forging new and innovative approaches to promote Roma inclusion.

Aleksandar Klashninovski – CEO of Brainster Next College & Chief People Officer of Brainster People need to learn how to

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Marija Ristovska – Program Manager at Macedonian E-commerce Association The main advantage of e-commerce is that the store works 24

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Timetable

REDI SUMMIT returns after the pandemic, with its first live event. The first REDI SUMMIT was held in December 2020 and it featured high level speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament, and SMEs.

 

10:00 – 10:30

Limra Room 1 & 2

 

DAY 1: Roma Businesses in Green Economy

Opening of REDI Summit

Petrica Dulgheru

Speaker

Executive Director, REDI International

Fatmir Bytyqi

Speaker

Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economic Affairs, Coordination
of Economic Sectors and Investments, North Macedonia

Ami Larsson Jain

Speaker

Ambassador of Sweden in North Macedonia

Georg Woutsas

Speaker

Ambassador of Austria in North Macedonia

Zeljko Jovanovic

Speaker

Director of Roma Initiatives Office, Open Society Foundations

The panel will discuss the needs and challenges of the informal waste collectors in North Macedonia. The organizers will present policy recommendations and key findings developed in field work carried out in the frame of projects implemented by REDI Recycling and REDI MK with international partners. The panelists will comment on how informal waste collector challenges are exacerbated by current context: rising energy prices and inflation and comment on possible solutions from different perspectives: government, international development, civil society or private / for profit.

 

10:30 – 11:45

Limra Room 1 & 2

 

DAY 1: Roma Businesses in Green Economy

Waste collection and transport in North Macedonia: socio-economic inclusion of informal waste collectors in N. Macedonia

Cristina Marian

Moderator

Country Director, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

Sophia Kratz

Speaker

Project Director, Umweltdachverband, Austria

Hristina Odzaklievska

Speaker

Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, North Macedonia

Mikael Atterhog

Speaker

Counsellor Head of Development Cooperation, SIDA

Asib Zekir

Speaker

Director of Green Initiatives and REDI Recycling

Francesca Montevecchi

Speaker

Environmental Agency of Austria

 

Filip Ivanovski

Speaker

Executive Director of Pakomak

 

11:45 – 12:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 1: Roma Businesses in Green Economy

Ceremony for signing of Memorandum of Understanding between REDI, Skopje municipalities and REDI Recycling

 

Timco Mucunski

Speaker

Mayor of Aerodrom Municipality, Skopje

Boban Stefkovski

Speaker

Mayor of Gazi Baba Municipality, Skopje

Darko Kostovski

Speaker

Mayor of Butel Municipality, Skopje

Orce Gjorgjievskii

Speaker

Mayor of Kisela Voda, Skopje

During the November Berlin Summit, the EC President announced a substantial energy support package of €1 billion in EU grants to help the Western Balkans addressing the immediate consequences of the energy crisis and build resilience in the short and medium term. This amount will support households and small and medium sized enterprises to cushion against energy price increases and their impact. Over the short- and medium term, the Commission will provide another €500 million to advance in energy diversification, renewable energy generation and gas and electricity interconnections through the Western Balkans Investment Framework. The medium-term assistance (next 2-3 years) will include other investments contributing to the energy transition and security. The panel will discuss what does this mean for North Macedonia and other countries in the region, and how can the young and vibrant Roma communities play a role in green jobs.

 

13:30 – 15:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

 

DAY 1: Roma Businesses in Green Economy

Western Balkan Green Agenda: Opportunity or threat for business and employment generation in vulnerable communities

 

Zeljko Jovanovic

Moderator

Director of Roma Initiatives Office, Open Society Foundations

 

Harald Fugger

Speaker

Attaché, Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria

Tatjana Boshkov

Speaker

Ph.D, Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Business Logistics

Suzana Ahmeti Janjic

Speaker

Head of Inclusive Prosperity Unit within United Nations Development Programme UNDP

Zenebe Uraguchi

Speaker

Helvetas (via zoom)

 

Hristijan Kovacevski

Speaker

Uni Plast Company, North Macedonia

 

Bram Peters

Speaker

Save Plastic, Netherlands (via zoom)

 

Sead Kazanxhiu

Speaker

Founder, The Eden Garden and Republic of Chickens, Albania

Distributed renewable power stations, solar farms and other microgrid solutions are key infrastructure needed to decrease the risk of energy poverty. But while mainstream society plans to use them to decrease their reliance on fossil fuels, they cannot be implemented in informal settlements. The scene setter would be a proposal for a business model in which solar panels can be implemented in informal settlements. The panel will discuss the potential to use renewable energy as both a source of cheap and easily available energy but also as a way to provide high added value jobs in the community. The speakers will share good practice examples and models of using green funding to create “green” jobs for vulnerable communities, especially the informal waste collectors.

 

15:30 – 17:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 1: Roma Businesses in Green Economy

Rising energy prices: is renewable energy a solution for vulnerable consumers?

Petrica Dulgheru

Moderator

Executive Director, REDI International

Dr. Ilija Nasov

Speaker

Plasma, North Macedonia

 

Kujtim Deari

Speaker

Country Manager at ABKONS, North Macedonia

Ferenc Kis

Speaker

Energy and sustainability expert in CEE region

 

Bozidar Draganov

Speaker

CEO BODD Renewables

Dimitar Dimitrov

Speaker

Ph.D., Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Information Technologies

 

17:30 – 19:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 1: Roma Businesses in Green Economy

Evening performance and exhibition of goods produced by Roma entrepreneurs from Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia

Aleksandar Klashninovski – CEO of Brainster Next College & Chief People Officer of Brainster People need to learn how to use the digital tools before

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Marija Ristovska – Program Manager at Macedonian E-commerce Association The main advantage of e-commerce is that the store works 24 hours a day – while

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Biljana Severinova – Digital Transformation Specialist, North Macedonia Digitization is the process of connecting digital information in an automated process – signing documents and invoicing

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Lejla Zekirovska – Coordinator ”Roma Digital Boost”, REDI As a solution for the Roma entrepreneurs during covid times, REDI established the Roma Digital Boost program,

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Elvis Memeti – Advisor of the Prime Minister of North Macedonia It is necessary to employ Roma in institutions, we learned that there are about

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Bekim Murati – Director of the Agency for Employment, North Macedonia

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10:00 – 10:10

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 2: Digital Transformation and Access to Finance of Roma Businesses

INTRODUCTION

 

Cristina Marian

Speaker

 

Country Director, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

 

Ferki Demirovski

Speaker

Roma Business Club Core Member, Roma Entrepreneur, North Macedonia

The COVID pandemic showed the world the importance of the digital presence of the businesses. Looking at the issue locally, this need for a digital shift showed us that Roma entrepreneurs lack the knowledge and skills to use digital tools in their business. A very limited number of entrepreneurs are using digital platforms and smart work. The majority do not have access to educational sources on business digitalization. They are neither aware of the importance of using digital tools in scaling up their income and visibility on the market. This panel aims to discuss the importance of digital transformation of Roma owned businesses, digital trends in business and market requirements.

 

10:10 – 11:30

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 2: Digital Transformation and Access to Finance of Roma Businesses

Digital Transformation of Roma Businesses

Ferki Demirovski

Moderator

Roma Business Club Core Member, Roma Entrepreneur, North Macedonia

Marta Garcia Fidalgo

Speaker

Roma Policy Adviser,  Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations for Western Balkans in European Commission (Zoom)

Marin Piperkoski

 

Speaker

CEO Advisor, Clearing House KIBS AD Skopje, North Macedonia

 

Aleksandar Klashninovski

Speaker

Executive Director of Next College Brainster

Marija Ristovska

Speaker

Program Manager, Macedonian E-commerce Association

 

Biljana Severinova

Speaker

Digital Transformation Specialist

Lejla Zekirovska

Speaker

Roma Digital Boost Program Coordinator

In the last quarter of 2022, the governmental institutions from North Macedonia that provide public funding opportunities are preparing their new operational plans. In order to facilitate the access of vulnerable communities to public funds, this panel will discuss the commitment of the institutions to ensure the socio-economic inclusion of Roma communities. The panelists will discuss the strategic position of the government and the public institutions on the accessibility of the vulnerable communities to their programs, measures and subsidies.

 

12:00 – 13:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 2: Digital Transformation and Access to Finance of Roma Businesses

Use of Public Funds as grants and guarantees to enable job creation in poor communities

Mladen Frckovski

Moderator

Labor Market Specialist at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, North Macedonia

Bekim Murati

Speaker

Director of the Agency for Employment, North Macedonia

Elvis Memeti

Moderator

Advisor of the Prime Minister of North Macedonia

Katarina Kreceva

Speaker

Fund for Innovation and Technological Development

Jasmina Useinovic

Speaker

Postal Saving Bank, Serbia

Darko Marjanovic

Speaker

Job Placement Methodology Officer – Development of Relations with Employers, National Employment Service, Serbia

The vast majority of Roma entrepreneurs are using quick loans to finance their business. This type of financing is not enabling their business growth or to explore other funding opportunities. The aim of this panel is to expand the views of the Roma entrepreneurs when it comes to raising capital for their businesses. The speakers in this panel will share certain alternative ways of financing, business models that are stepping out of the traditional bank loans or governmental subsidies system. The focus will be on financing models like microcredits, equity funding, crowdfunding and business angels’ investments.

 

14:00 – 15:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 2: Digital Transformation and Access to Finance of Roma Businesses

Alternative finance contribution on financial inclusion

 

Gorjan Slavkovski

Moderator

Program Manager, Roma Entrepreneurship
Development Initiative

Andrea Limone

Speaker

President at Permicro, Italy

Pavol Kapsdorfer

Speaker

Network and Partnership Manager, Microfinance Centre, Poland

 

Vase Davaliev

Speaker

Executive Director, Microcredit Foundation Horizonti

Gjorgji Kushevski

Speaker

CEED Business Angels Club

David Pavlovski

Speaker

KIIMO Founder, CEO Ultimate Meritocracy

15:00 – 16:00

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 2: Digital Transformation and Access to Finance of Roma Businesses

Hackathon: project presentations and awards

16:00 – 16:30

Limra Room 1 & 2

DAY 2: Digital Transformation and Access to Finance of Roma Businesses

Closing remarks

Benefit from the opportunity to learn from reputable representatives from the European Commission, EU member states, representatives of the Western Balkan countries, International Financial Institutions, and representatives of the private sector.

Speakers

Petrica Dulgheru

Executive Director of REDI International.

A chemist by training, Petrica has extensive experience in academia as well as having worked extensively in the private and non-profit sectors. Petrica has a B.Sc. from the University of Bucharest (2006), and a Ph.D. from University College Dublin. Petrica is an outcome-driven Research and Innovation Executive recognised for 10+ years of defining innovative roadmaps, strategies, & policies.

 

Zeljko Jovanovic

Director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office

Before joining the Open Society Foundations in 2006, Jovanovic worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Catholic Relief Services. He also led a grassroots Roma organization, a community radio, civic and political campaigns, and mentored and trained managers, advocates, and leaders. Zeljko  graduated in law at the University of Belgrade and in governance at the University of Oxford.

Fatmir Bytyqi

Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Economic Affairs, Coordination
of Economic Sectors and Investments, North Macedonia

Bytyqi is an international expert in the field of managing economic processes and reforms with over 20 years of experience in over 100 different programs and projects aimed at developing sectors, state institutions, chambers of commerce and companies.

Hristina Odzaklievska

Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, North Macedonia

Hristina Odzaklievska is the author of a large number of studies and is a participant in domestic and international projects in the field of environmental protection and natural heritage. She became a doctor of geographical sciences in 2017 at the Institute of Geography at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics at the University of “St. Cyril and Methodius”.

Jeton Shaqiri

Minister of Education and Science of North Macedonia

In the period 2008 to 2016 he was a member of the organizing board of several international scientific gatherings. He participated in many professional trainings and conferences. Mr. Shaqiri is the author of several professional papers in the field of economics and finance.

 

Ami Larsson Jain

Ambassador Sweden in North Macedonia

Ami Larsson-Jain is currently a ministerial adviser and deputy head of authority at the embassy Skopje. She has previously worked as acting deputy head and group manager at the Africa Unit (AF), at other units in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the embassy in London.

 

Sophia Kratz

Project director, Umweltdachverband, Austria

Ms. Kratz deals with the topics of the circular economy, degrowth and environmentally sustainable living. Her focus is on the clothing sector and sustainable waste management.

Francesca Montevecchi

Environmental Agency of Austria

Francesca Montevecchi is an environmental expert and policy analyst. She has extensive experience in preparation of environmental reports, strategies, and studies for governmental bodies.

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