What the health crisis has not taught us, whether the construction sector can be a driver of economic growth, the "urban mafia" and the balance between professional and private life- the topics of the interview in Triling with Dragana D. Chifliganec, PhD

"After fifteen months since the beginning of the pandemic, I do not believe anyone can confidently say when this crisis will end. But what I can say is that it taught, both the Macedonian and the world economy, that the rule that applied in business, planning, now no longer applies. Our economy is fragile, but fortunately 30 years of training in a constant crisis has taught us how we can quickly adapt to such situations," said Dragana D. Chifliganec, PhD, CEO of Adora Engineering, in an interview with TV magazine Trilling, on the question of overcoming the health crisis and the effects of the pandemic on the economy.
"In any healthy economy, construction is the backbone of the economy, because 30 other branches and industries go along with it and that is why I think that it should be the number one priority for all institutions, and not left to a decision of certain individuals in certain municipalities. The fact that 7.1% of the business entities in Macedonia are from the construction sector and 6.9% of the labor force are engaged in construction, indicates the importance of this sector. Among us in this sector, the virus started much earlier, with the introduction of the moratorium on construction. If our company used to consist of 500 employees, we as a company in a few years have been reduced to 25 employees, and this problem is present in other large construction companies in the country " said Dragana Chifliganec, vice president of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia.
"The urban mafia is a very interesting topic to comment on. But, for us in the construction sector, it hurts the most when the terms are mixed and all the operators in this sector are by default identified with the urban mafia. In the construction guild we are bothered by the urban chaos and we are the first ones to urge for putting order in the construction, but putting everyone in one basket is wrong, especially since the law seems to be not equal for all. Those that do something that does not comply with the norms, which are here just for for quick earnings, one-time use for just one project and then disappear, are just individuals and do not represent the whole construction sector. On the other hand, there are companies that invest in the Macedonian economy, try to gain the trust of the citizens and want the Macedonian quality to be at a higher level. Instead of lynching investors, the duration of the moratorium should have been set and for it to apply to everyone. And not to allow some foreign investors to build in the center of Skopje, and the domestic investor that is only 5 meters away from it, not to be permitted to build." - states Dragana Chifliganec regarding the phenomenon of the "urban mafia".
"The ones that want to work and prove themselves, will find the way even in a time of a pandemic. We know what it is like in this time of global crises to expand our business in Greece and Serbia, to cooperate with the Novak Djokovic Foundation, with which we built a new kindergarten in Ljubis, Serbia. We have been waiting for three years for order and compliance of the institutions, but the inter-institutional lack of cooperation has done damages to the whole sector." said Dragana D. Chifliganec on the question of whether the obstruction in the operation is one of the reasons for the expansion of Adora investments outside Macedonia. Although she says that priorities change with motherhood, she insists on a balance between private and professional life and quality time spent with loved ones.

The full interview by Gorazd Chomovski with Dragana D.Chifliganec, PhD in Triling is available at the link: Интервју Трилинг

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