Skopje, 28 July 2020 (MIA) – Investments in regional development will be available in electronic form enabling everyone interested to find out how much money a region has been awarded from the state budget, what was the purpose and how they were spent.
At the moment, the electronic system SiReRa is being created with Swiss financial assistance with Deputy PM Mila Carovska’s Office tasked with implementing it.
“My Office is in charge of implementing an e-system, which will collect all state investments in equal regional development. Programs will be created according to equal standards that will allow us to see in detail how much it was invested in a certain region while creating the 2021 budget,” Carovska said Tuesday after a session of the steering board of a project on development and introduction of the System for Coordination in Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Balanced Regional Development Policy (SiReRa).
For years, some regions have been snubbed, which is evident from the investments, according to her.
“There are still municipalities where schools haven’t been renovated, where there are no kindergartens at all, no outpatient clinics, which points out the fact that there had been poor planning of investments in certain regions. But, with the system to collect data and to offer in-depth picture of where it has been invested and how much it is planned to be invested the coming year, any government gets the chance in a transparent way to show investments in regions and what has been investment in the past years, as well,” the Deputy PM explained.
Investments in regions, according to her, are one click away for the media and the citizens.
“This is the first time that the country gets a clear picture about investing in regional development. Now, it has the opportunity to adapt the programs to the needs – investments to increase where little has been invested before in order the citizens to be given equal access to services and to developed regions,” said Carovska.
Minister of Local Self-Government Goran Milevski and Swiss Ambassador Sybille Suter Tejada also attended the session of the steering board.
Milevski said the project was estimated at 5 million Swiss francs, including 3,3 million in Swiss donation and the rest are funds provided by North Macedonia’s government.
In general, we are supporting planning regions and planning region centers with innovative projects, he added.
“In the past two years, projects were designed that were really in the interest of the citizens, however, we didn’t stop here. This year, Switzerland helped us construct a modular office near the Clinic for Infectious Diseases,” he said, adding that the financing of other projects was discussed, including renovation of a run-down school in Dolneni municipality.