Last week of electoral campaign in FYROM, political parties focused on the economy

Last week of electoral campaign in FYROM, political parties focused on the economy

On the last week of the electoral campaign in FYROM, political parties have been focused on electoral promises aiming at solving economic and social issues, increase of salaries, the opening of new jobs, while a number of other parties promise that the debts that the citizens have will be paid.

Macedonian opposition led by SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) is promising an increase of minimum salary to 16 thousand denars or 280 euros. Meanwhile, the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE, says that it will increase minimum salary to 14 thousand denars or 240 euros.

“Finance Think”, an institute that specializes on economic affairs, says that in spite of the promises made by political parties, minimum salary until 2020 can only be increased to 13 thousand denars or a little over 200 euros, while average salary can go a little over 26 thousand denars or 430 euros.

“In order to reach an amount of 15-16 thousand denars, many structural changes are needed in our economy. Initially, there must be a bigger economic growth and this growth must continue until 2020”, says expert on economic affairs, Blagica Petreski.

Political parties are also promising the creation of new jobs. According to them, this must be done through foreign companies which will invest in the country, mainly in free economic zones.

“I would say that these promises are not real, because the creation of these jobs depends on many factors. The same thing can also be said about the salaries. If our economy grows at the same rate that some other developing countries are growing, then there may be positive trends. But these promises are mainly electoral”, says professor of economics, Elmi Aziri.

Meanwhile, one of the Albanian parties, Democratic Party of Albanians (PDSH) promises tax amnesty, which means that citizens will have their outstanding utility bills and other debts owed to the state, paid for them.

“We will pay the debts of Albanians owed to the state. Someone may say that this is impossible to be done. But there are other options to achieve this through the budget and we as a party have the formula for this”, leader of PDSH, Menduh Thaci declared. /