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Tuna, Emelj, 2006. The tobacco sector in the Republic of Macedonia : competitiveness analysis. SLU, Dept. of Economics, Uppsala. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



The tobacco sector is an important part of the Macedonian agriculture and the economy in general. This project is giving an overall prospective of the Macedonian tobacco industry, and it points out its comparative advantages and disadvantages. The core question at the beginning was "Whether Macedonian tobacco industry is competitive or not?" In order to determine the answer to this question, both descriptive and empirical approaches are used. The essential part of this study was the approach developed by Porter or the determinants of national advantage. The description of this sector was developed following the concept of Porter's Diamond model with an overall aim of determining this sector's strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities in a so called SWOT analysis. This study also includes some competitiveness index calculations.

Tobacco is regarded, as a good of public well being by the Law on tobacco. It is a source of employment and net income for the population. The sector is an important part of the Macedonian agriculture, and it has much strength in the factor conditions it possesses. It is an export-oriented high quality product, which generates important incomes for the Macedonian agriculture and the economy as a whole. This sector's weakest sides are mostly originating from the problem of badly developed relations producer/buyer and the insufficient Law enforcement on the government behalf. The biggest challenge that the tobacco industry faces is the active campaign against smoking that causes an over all decrease in the demand for tobacco. The tobacco is declared to be a hazard for people's health and many pro-health policies are proposed against it.

The tobacco is a significant crop for the Macedonian agriculture and economy since it is an essential income sources for many families and essential source for government revenues, and it is foreseen that it will continue to exist on the Macedonian fields for the years to come.


Tobak utgör en viktig sektor i det makedonska jordbruket och i ekonomin i stort. Den här uppsatsen ger en övergripande bild av den makedonska tobaksindustrin och pekar ut dess komparativa fördelar och nackdelar. Kärnfrågan som ställs i början av uppsatsen är huruvida Makedoniens tobaksindustri är konkurrenskraftig eller inte. För att besvara den frågan används både beskrivande och empiriska ansatser eller metoder. Den essentiella delen av den här uppsatsen är baserad på den metod som utvecklats av Porter om de avgörande faktorerna bakom nationella fördelar. Beskrivningen av Makedoniens tobakssektor bygger på Porters Diamant modell I syfte att fastställa sektorns styrkor, svagheter, hot och möjligheter I en så kallad SWOT-analys. Uppsatsen innehåller även beräkningar av konkurrenskraftsindex för Makedoniens tobakssektor.

Main title:The tobacco sector in the Republic of Macedonia
Subtitle:competitiveness analysis
Authors:Tuna, Emelj
Supervisor:Surry, Yves
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:446
Year of Publication:2006
Level and depth descriptor:Other
Student's programme affiliation:EKNMP Economics and Business Administration, Programme with specialisation in Natural Resources 240 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:grape and wine production, competitiveness, competitive advantage, competitiveness strategies, SWOT analysis
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Deposited On:21 Sep 2017 10:54
Metadata Last Modified:21 Sep 2017 10:54

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