Skopje, 13 May 2020 (MIA) — In an interview with Alsat TV on Tuesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Mila Carovska said the state of emergency and the accompanying set of health and economic measures adopted by the government have contributed to the country’s success in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
“The economic crisis is no secret,” Deputy PM Carovska said. “It’s happening worldwide, it’s happening here; but international financial institutions as well as domestic ones have made positive projections, which shows that the drop in income is smaller than in the most drastic scenario.”
Minister Carovska noted that all of the regional countries are expected to see a steeper drop in GDP than North Macedonia is, according to the World Bank, indicating that “the health protection protocols and economic support measures are producing results.”
Carovska added that the country’s manufacturing industry has never stopped, and neither has the import-export trade; it has only decreased in intensity.
“Which means we never closed the country completely,” she said, “yet the health crisis never reached a dramatic number.”
The Deputy PM for Economic Affairs also spoke about the lifting of restrictions, about the monitoring of the health and economic situation at a daily level, and about the appropriate steps to be adopted to cope with the consequences of the virus.
She urged citizens, workers, and businesses to respect health and safety protocols, highlighting that this is the only way to protect public health. mr/