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Questions for Vinny

Released on 2012-02-29 11:00 GMT

Email-ID 1793631
Date 1970-01-01 01:00:00
Hey Lauren,

Have fun with Mr. Markovski... I just found out on the net that he was
actually born in Skoplje, Macedonia... Here are some points/questions I
think would be interesting for you to ask him:

General Questions about the economy:
- What is his overall assessment of the financial crisis and its potential
impact in the Balkans. Is he worried about what is going on?
- If he is cool with answering this question: who does he bank with and
why? What is his sense about the Bulgarian banks.
- How would he characterize the Bulgarian economy? From the looks of it
(low public debt and a budget surplus) it seems to be doing real well. It
has a huge trade deficit, but that's normal for all the Balkan states.
- Which countries in the Balkans is he most interested in investing in?

IT-related Questions:
- I would re-read our stratfor analyses about cybersecurity and ask him
about that kind of stuff. What can a small company like Stratfor do to
protect itself from cyber-attacks (he'll probably say, "you can buy my
services" ;), etc.
- Ask him if he had seen Russians using cyber-attacks.
- How prevalent are hackers from the Balkans still... I know Serbs were
not bad at it when they want to be.

Stratfor Business Related:
- How can we become more visible in the Bulgarian market? (We are thinking
of going big time into internationalization)

Marko Papic

Stratfor Junior Analyst
C: + 1-512-905-3091
AIM: mpapicstratfor