Directorate for Economic and Public diplomacy


Director: Igor Popov

The Directorate for Economic and Public Diplomacy adopts annual work plans and reports; plans, organises, coordinates and implements the activities relating to the economic diplomacy, public diplomacy, international cultural cooperation, as well as issues related to the situation and cooperation with the Macedonian Diaspora; participates in the formulation and implementation of established foreign-policy views of the Republic of North Macedonia; provides coordination and cooperates with competent institutions and authorities of the country; cooperates with domestic chambers of commerce, associations and societies; monitors, analyses and informs on matters under its jurisdiction; provides guidelines and instructions for the representations and honorary consuls of the Republic of North Macedonia and monitors their work; manages and organises the work of the sectors and departments in its composition; prepares and implements staff training programme prior to being posted to the representations; evaluates the work of the organisational units and representations under its jurisdiction; performs other duties within its scope of activities. 


Sector for Economic Diplomacy 

The Sector for Economic Diplomacy prepares annual work plans and reports; performs and coordinates the activities and tasks relating to the promotion and support of the economic interest of the Republic of North Macedonia abroad; participates in the preparation of economic strategies for domestic companies to appear in third markets and to attract foreign investments; monitors, analyses and informs on the development of economic policies and proposes measures and positions for the advancement thereof; participates in the training of economic promoters; participates in organising professional debates; trade fair events; economic gatherings and events to present the economic potential of the country; monitors, analyses and informs on the economic development of countries and on international economic issues, as well as on developmental cooperation and humanitarian aid; provides coordination and cooperates with competent institutions and authorities of the country; cooperates with domestic chambers of commerce, associations and societies; prepares guidelines and instructions for the representations and the honorary consuls of the Republic of North Macedonia and monitors their work; cooperates with the accredited representations of the Republic of North Macedonia; organises and evaluates the work of the departments in its composition; performs other duties within its scope of activities.  The Department for Promoting and Supporting the Economic Interests of the Republic of North Macedonia in European and Non-European Countries and the Department for International Economic Affairs, Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid operate within this Sector. 


Sector for Public Diplomacy, Diaspora and Cultural Cooperation

The Sector for Public Diplomacy, Diaspora and Cultural Cooperation through its three departments coordinates the activities and tasks related to Public diplomacy as a way of promoting our policies, foreign-policy goals and interests and anything else that would contribute to being better informed and for the Republic of North Macedonia to be better perceived, with means of communication being available to reach the desired public directly.  In this context, it encourages the interest in North Macedonia as an attractive destination for business, investment, tourism and education.  In addition, the Sector works towards affirming our values and cultural attributes by initiating and implementing international cultural cooperation while developing intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation not only with state institutions operating in the field of culture but also on a more broader level such as with the civil sector, cultural-information centres, foreign language offices and honorary consuls in the country and abroad.  The Sector also focuses on establishing and strengthening ties with the Diaspora, primarily towards preserving their cultural and linguistic identity, through implementing summer camp concepts, project funding under MFA public calls and sending Macedonian language teachers, as well as stimulating the interest of the Diaspora to become actively involved in the overall socio-economic development of our country. 

Last updated: 07 June 2021