Aid For Trade
The overall development goal of the Aid for Trade project is to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth, through the promotion of trade and the enhancement of Kosovo’s competitiveness. Acknowledging the importance of trade and industry in emerging economies and their positive influence over employment and poverty reduction trajectories, project focuses on concrete interventions required to improve Kosovo’s long term trade and economic performance by strengthening capacities to participate in and benefit from international trade.
What do we want to achieve
Aid for Trade project provides technical assistance and supports capacity development for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to develop and implement evidence-based and pro-poor trade reforms. Together with small and medium enterprises and farmers operating in the Economic Region South (ERS) and Mitrovicë/a region, the project works to raise productivity, employment and entrepreneurship, in a gender-responsive manner, and contributes to improved livelihoods.
Beneficiaries and stakeholders of the project include a wide range of private and public entities in Kosovo.
107 new jobs created
1,063 businesses, and
1,019 farmers supported
6,567 total no. of beneficiaries reached through direct and indirect support.
1. Technical and Human Capacities:
• Established the Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS);
• Established the Petroleum Market Regulation Information System (PMRIS);
• Supported participation of 52 MTI staff (46% women) in study visits, various trainings, conferences and workshops;
• Enhanced policy-making capacities of the staff working in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Division of Industrial Policies and Division of Tourism).
2. Evidence-based policy making:
• Developed the comprehensive Industrial Policy Platform;
• Launched 6 Sector Profiles (reports and snapshots) for competitive and labour-intensive industries (ICT, Tourism, Metal Processing, Wood Processing, Food Packaging and Processing, Textile);
• Produced 3 policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics;
• Launched “Report on Competitiveness Natural-born clusters”;
• Published study on “Impact of Tax Regime on Four Manufacturing Sectors”;
• Published report on “Potential Export Markets”.
3. Technical and export-related publications:
• Published the “Step-by-Step Guide for Exporters”;
• Published guide for designing “Export Marketing Plan”;
• Published “Handbook on Selected International Management Systems (ISO 9000, ISO 14000 & HACCP)”;
• Published comprehensive guide on “Cultivation of Raspberry” and leaflet on “Cultivation of Oregano.”
Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a region:
1. Analytical work:
• Launched Baseline Assessment for the Economic Region South (ERS) and Baseline Assessment for Mitrovicë/a region;
• Published “Value Chain Analysis for Non-Wood Food Products” and “Value Chain Analysis for Wood Processing” for Mitrovicë/a region.
• Established tourism info point in Prizren; developed tourism catalogue and 5 guides for Economic Region South;
• Prizren tourism website prizreni360 updated and enhanced.
3. Support to businesses:
• 900 businesses benefited from direct coaching, trainings and networking events;
• 163 local businesses promoted through online platforms.
4. Support to farmers in ERS and North municipalities:
• 2 milk collection points and 2 milk processing facilities established;
• 28 milking machines distributed to women farmers in Shtërpce/Štrpce;
• 28 farmers benefited greenhouses 200m2 and other input materials;
• 2 incubators for cultivating vegetable seedlings distributed.
5. Input materials and supporting tools distributed to:
• 26 farmers with an cultivation area of 2000m2 (strawberry, raspberry and oregano);
• 15 farmers with cultivation area of 1000m2 (strawberry, raspberry);
• 790 farmers benefited from provision of extension services, trainings, round-table discussions, participation in agriculture fairs and study visits to successful farmers.
|Government Of Finland||1,487,738.00 EUR|
|Czech Trust Fund||28,600.00 USD|
Empowering Kosovar farmers - Viktor Kala, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Fetije Hajrush Suka, Bllacë/Blace, and Leposava Božovič, Zubin Potok
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, in partnership with the Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) has directly supported 16 raspberry farmers in the Economic Region South (ERS) and Northern-most municipalities of Kosovo with 3 varieties of raspberry seedlings and with various training sessions and study visits held by local and regional experts.
In the ERS, Viktor Kala’s family in Suharekë/Suva Reka is one of the beneficiaries supported with three varieties (Meeker, Polska and Willamete) of raspberry seedlings and supplementary farming inputs for a cultivation area of 2000m2. Viktor usually works his farmland with his family members. He is happy with support from Aid for Trade through IADK and he is looking forward to harvesting season as he would like to engage his family members in the family business and enable them to work and live close to family. Mr. Kala has planted all three types of raspberry varieties and is expecting to harvest 3-4 tons of fresh raspberries during the first full-year’s harvest.
Also in ERS, Fetije Suka’s family was supported with 3 raspberry varieties and supplementary farming inputs for 1000m2. For the Suka family, this is the first time that they have received donor support.
Fetije works her family’s farmlands usually with her husband, and their young son helps as well. As this is her first year in raspberry cultivation, Fetije is optimistic about the sales potential of her raspberry farm and she is looking forward to harvesting season next year, so that she can use those resources to expand her farm.
In the municipality of Zubin Potok, Leposava Božovič’s family is one of many farmer families in the Northern-most municipalities of Kosovo that were directly supported by the Aid for Trade project. Ms. Božovič was also supported with raspberry seedlings, irrigation system and other farming inputs for a cultivation area of 2000m2. This enabled Ms. Leposava to switch from cultivating corn to cultivating raspberries, which Ms. Leposava believes is a more profitable opportunity. In addition, Ms. Božovič also benefited from provision of extension services and various training sessions organized under project’s framework.
Aid for Trade project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Empowering Kosovar farmers – Vidiha Radojevič, Leposaviq/ć
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project directly supported Vidiha Radojevič’s family of in Leposaviq/ć with 3 varieties of strawberry seedlings (Meeker, Polska and Willamete), drip irrigation system and other farming inputs for a cultivation area of 2000m2. This is the third year of strawberry cultivation for Vidiha’s family, and she works her farmland with her husband and son, and three additional members of her extended family. Mr. Radojevič - Vidiha’s husband, stated that UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, through implementing partner Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), has enabled their family to receive support for the first time from a Kosovar organization/NGO.
Prior to strawberry cultivation, the Radojevič family cultivated corn, but switched to strawberries as revenues from corn cultivation were insufficient. Now, the Radojevič family’s plantation is producing strawberries, and Vidiha stated that they are expecting to produce 3-5 tons of strawberries this year and up to 7 tons next year.
With regards to sales, Vidiha believes that if they can successfully sell all their output, her family can expand their strawberry plantation area and increase their production capacity.
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Empowering Kosovar farmers - Muhamet Kabashi, Rahovec/Orahovac
In the countryside of Rahovec/Orahovac, Muhamet Kabashi and his family members work 5ha of farmland planted mainly with potatoes, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and peppers. Having benefited with a growing incubator from the Aid for Trade project just four months ago, Muhamet has been able to produce and sell nearly 50,000 various types of vegetable seedlings to farmers in his village and nearby areas.
The incubator has increased Muhamet’s vegetable growing efficiency by 39% resulting in a 65% increase in production capacity. The newer production technology has reduced the production time from an average of 3 weeks to approximately 5 days thus significantly reducing production costs.
Roundtable on the Value Chain of Medical Herbs and Aromatic Plants (MHAP) – Launching leaflet on cultivation of Greek Oregano
On June 3th, 2015 Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), under the framework of UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, organized a roundtable on the value chain of medical herbs and aromatic plants (MHAP). The roundtable was attended by representatives of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), Swiss Contact, Helvetas, Riinvest, MOEA, Albinspect (Albania), AGRO – USAID, LAB, Peppermint Processing Factory, and by many members of the private sector. The purpose of this event was to inform all actors and stakeholders in this sector and to enhance institutional and private-sector cooperation in Kosovo with regards to MHAP cultivation, production, processing and other related activities.
In this roundtable, IADK launched the leaflet for the Cultivation of Greek Oregano. This leaflet describes the family, chemical composition and potential extracts of the Greek Oregano, and provides essential information on how to plant, cultivate, irrigate, and harvest the Greek Oregano.
Moreover, this leaflet also lists soil and climate requirements for successful cultivation and gives concrete and detailed advice about adequate tilling methodologies for Greek Oregano cultivation. This leaflet was published in all three official languages of Kosovo.
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Flurije Behra, Rahovec/Orahovac
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project assisted the Behra family in Rahovec/Orahovac with 200m2 greenhouse, certified tomato seedlings and all other respective farming inputs. All the tomato seedlings were planted within a day and Ms. Behra sees no difficulty in selling her products immediately upon harvesting due to a well established and stable.
Aside from their new 200m2 greenhouse, Ms. Behra along with her husband and three children, farm an additional 2 hectares of farmland, which they have rented to plant lettuce, peppers and cucumbers. According to Ms. Behra, her family will have no difficulties finding a market for their products, as all their output is sold to various restaurants in Gjakova/Dakovica, immediately upon harvesting.
The Behra family is expecting to harvest at least three batches of fresh tomatoes per year from their greenhouse; they intend to use a portion of their output personally, while majority of their output will be sold to their well-established client base. The greenhouse provided by project, will enable the Behra family to have access to an additional income source, which will help them expand and improve their farming practices.
Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Empowering Kosovar Businesses - “Te Naseri”, Naser Gashi, Suharekë/Suva Reka
Mr. Gashi owns and manages a private company - "Te Naseri" where he produces various types of pillow/cushions. He participated in several matchmaking events organized by the project. This resulted in establishing an agreement with “FaF&Co” from Ulqin/Ulcinj, Montenegro, to import their mattresses, while "Te Naseri" will produce parts of furniture for the needs of Montenegrin clients.
Mr. Gashi was also a beneficiary of various training sessions organized by UNDP’s Aid for Trade project. This helped him to prepare a professional business plan and apply for a grant with EU, which he received, and is now building a new plant where he will employ an additional 195 employees.
To expand his production, Mr. Gashi also benefited a grant from UNDPs DEED project to purchase a working machine.
Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Shaban Çadraku - Rahovec/Orahovac
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, supported Shaban Çadraku’s family with a 200m2 greenhouse with certified cucumber seedlings and other professional farming inputs.
Aid for Trade’s support to the Çadraku family has had a substantial impact on this family’s financial wellbeing. Mr. Çadraku claims that now, he will be able to harvest his cucumber greenhouse 7 times per year, selling his output at0.70EUR/Kg (before peak output season) and circa 0.35EUR/kg during peak output season.
The greenhouse has enabled Mr. Çadraku to engage his family members, and to start planting and cultivating cucumbers much earlier than regular season, as now he can easily control temperature and other factors affecting growth and output. Shaban stated that as of May, 2015 his new greenhouse has helped his family generate an “additional monthly salary” and has increased his family’s annual production capacities by more than 30%.
Aid for Trade – 6th Project Board Meeting
On July 2nd, 2015, the Aid for Trade project held its 6th Project Board Meeting. We were pleased to have Ms. Anne Meskanen, Chargée d’Affaires at the Embassy of Finland, Mr. Avni Kastrati, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Alessandra Roccasalvo, UNDPs Deputy Resident Representative and our project partners and beneficiaries present at the meeting.
As a result of project interventions, the following key results were achieved:
-107 new jobs were created (56% women), improving the lives of 107 families;
-1,063 businesses and 1,019 farmers were directly supported and 6,567 total beneficiaries were reached;
-Analytical work produced served the institutions, private sector, international organizations and other UNDP projects in designing and planning their future activities/interventions;
-Project undertook several interventions to develop necessary institutional and human capacity ensuring that the expertise remains within local institutions;
-Apart from the provision of direct investments, project organized different activities to eventually increase and enhance businesses’ and farmers’ capacities, position them better in regional markets and beyond thus expand businesses and generate new employment opportunities;
-Substantial support was provided to agriculture and tourism, the sectors with great potential for Kosovo’s future economic development;
-Project established and maintains strong relations with the main beneficiaries and partners by cooperating closely in implementing its activities;
-Complimentarity and synergy between UNDP projects and coordination of activities with other international organizations working in the trade area ensured greater impact;
-Gender, visibility and environment were tackled in all project activities.
UNDP, in close cooperation with its partners, is committed to support institutions in their efforts to ensure better economic opportunities and better lives for its Kosovo citizens and we look forward to our fruitful cooperation in the future.
Empowering Kosovar farmers - Adem Rrustemi, Rahovec/Orahovac
In its efforts to support Kosovar farmers, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project assisted the Rrustemi family with certified strawberry seedlings and professional farming inputs for 2000m2. Mr. Adem has ten family members and over ten hectares of farmlands which they presently do not use for farming activities.
During the first year, Mr. Rrustemi intends to ensure that his 2000m2 strawberry farm grows strong and flowers properly, so that during the next harvesting season, the Rrustemi family will have a strong and healthy strawberry farm capable of producing 3-5 tons of fresh strawberries on annual basis. Like many farmers in this region, Adem Rrustemi is confident that he will have no difficulties finding a market for his farm’s output, with a selling price of no less than 1.00EUR per kg of strawberries.
Upon successful cultivation of strawberries in his 2000m2 farm, Adem plans to engage several family members and to hire seasonal workers to expand his strawberry farm and plant several hectares of his farmlands with strawberries.
Aid for Trade project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Official inauguration of tourism info point in Prizren
In partnership with local NGO “Emancipmi Civil Ma Ndryshe” (EC Ma Ndryshe), Aid for Trade has supported the local and regional economic development in Economic Region South (ERS) by structuring and enriching the cultural tourism efforts of the region through new and unique products and services.
Deputy Resident Representative Alessandra Roccasalvo, who was present at the launch, thanked the municipal representatives for their continued excellent cooperation with UNDP. She celebrated the success of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between UNDP and the six municipalities in ERS to ensure a close and continuous cooperation in meeting project objectives, both on the central and local level.
“At the central level, the project has provided technical assistance and supported staff capacity development for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). At the local level, together with small and medium enterprises in ERS and Mitrovica region, it supported more than 1,000 businesses in increasing their knowledge on the benefits and requirements when engaging in international trade and 1,000 farmers in increasing their knowledge and production capacities. As such, the project contributed to expanding productivity, employment and entrepreneurship in a gender-responsive manner, and contributed in improving livelihoods.”
In this regard, the project has supported the identification and registration of the historical sites in Economic Region South. This database is to be shared with six municipalities: Prizren, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Rahovec/Orahovac, Malishevë/Mališevo, Dragash/š, and Mamushë/Mamuša. The project has supported the production of five different tourist guides/packages, including charming heritage, experience the nature, taste local, festivals and nightlife and a combined package. Products are published in seven languages, including Albanian, Serbian, Turkish, German, Italian, English and French, and are produced in high quality and user-friendly formats.
The information point was constructed in compliance with world information-center standards and its interior design is a combination of traditional and modern.
The ultimate goal of the project is to provide more information to relevant stakeholders, ensure further coordination and cooperation in the target area and promote development of tourism by supplying tourists with up-to-date information, qualitative products and modern infrastructure. UNDP, in partnership with donors and other international organizations, is committed to support national institutions in their efforts to ensure better economic opportunities and better lives for Kosovo citizens.
EC Ma Ndryshe - http://www.ecmandryshe.org/?page=1,17,322#.VZY_fBuqoTU
Prizren Press - http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/u-hap-info-qendra-turistike-ne-prizren-foto/
04 Online - http://04online.info/slide/ne-prizren-hapet-info-qendra-e-pare-turistike/
UNDP Kosovo - http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/06/23/info-corner-in-prizren-awaiting-first-tourists/
Empowering Kosovar businesses – Dren Dorambari, Kamila Chocolate
Kamila Chocolate is a Kosovar chocolate factory established in 2008, presently employing around 100 full-time employees. Although it has a strong presence in local markets, Kamila Chocolate exports over 80% of their total production. Dren Dorambari, Kamila’s marketing executive, stated that their quality and customer services have allowed them to export to many countries in the European Union, Serbia, Bosnia and even to North Africa.
Kamila Chocolate is certified with ISO and HACCP standards, and has great relationships with its foreign customers. Dren believes that Kamila Chocolate has the quality and production capacities to export much more, if it is able to create new business relationships and learns how to adequately overcome exporting obstacles, and improve export-oriented marketing plan and strategy of company.
UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, enabled Mr. Dorambari to attend two export-based training events, which were supported and organized by project.
According to Dren, the information he learned during the training sessions have improved his understanding of exporting strategies and taught him new methods that Kamila Chocolate can use to help expand its customer base and export rate. Mr. Dorambari also noted that one of the greatest benefits of participating in the training sessions supported by Aid for Trade project, was to listen to concrete examples of problems that arise from day-to-day exporting activities and to the strategic solutions provided by trainer for these problems.
Empowering Kosovar farmers – Selami Haxhimustafa, Malishevë/Mališevo
Selami Haxhimustafa looks after his tomato greenhouse in the municipality of Malishevë/Mališevo. UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, in cooperation with Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) supported Selim’s family with a 200m2 greenhouse with certified tomato seedlings, professional irrigation system, direct counseling and other farming inputs.
With over 30 years of experience in vegetable and fruit farming, Selim Haxhimustafa also took part in a study-trip to the fair in Novi Sad, Serbia, and in other local study-trips – events which were also supported by project, where he was able to discuss cultivation methodologies and learn more about contemporary cultivation of greenhouse tomatoes.
As a result of Aid for Trade’s direct support, coaching by IADK’s experts and participation in study trips, Selim’s production capacity has increased by 30% this year. He is expecting to harvest 4-5 tons of fresh tomatoes by June 15th. Afterwards, Selim plans to plant his greenhouse again so he can harvest one more batch of fresh tomatoes from his greenhouse before the end of August.
Study visit to the Czech Republic
Representatives of the Department of Industry, Valbone Dushi, Hysen Sogojeva, Xhemajl Pllana, Lumturije Geci, representative of the office of the Permanent Secretary, Manuella Markaj, and UNDP representatives Teuta Purrini Xhabali and David Svab, paid an official visit to the Czech Republic from May 11th to May 15th, 2015.
This visit was organized with the support of UNDP, under the framework of the “Aid for Trade” project, supported by the Czech Republic and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The purpose of this visit was to exchange experiences between Kosovo and Czech Republic institutions operating in tourism sector and to inform the Kosovar delegation on institutional organization, especially with regards to drafting and monitoring policies for tourism development, formulation of strategies and tourism promotion.
During this visit, several meetings with various actors of tourism sector were organized such as: meeting with representatives of the Tourism Section of the Ministry for Regional Development, representatives of the Tourism Agency, Association of Hotels and Restaurant, Association of Touristic Actors and Operators, representatives of the Tourism Department of the University of Economics, Tourism Organization of Prague and with the Office of Statistics.
In this occasion, Kosovo delegation was informed on the best practices with regards to institutional organization, tourism policies, legal infrastructure, marketing and touristic statistics.
Empowering Kosovar Farmers – Isuf Mazreku
In the municipality of Malishevë /Mališevo, Isuf Mazreku and his son work on their new and elegant strawberry field. Until last year, Isuf had mainly cultivated a variety of corn, beans and wheat, but the revenue stream was insufficient for him to support his family. This year, UNDP’s Aid for Trade project supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, assisted the Mazreku family with certified strawberry seedlings, professional irrigation systems and other farming tools for 2000m2. Isuf has a family of six, and he now works his strawberry field with his son, and young cousin whom he has hired as a seasonal employee.
Mr. Mazreku also took part in a training seminar for strawberry cultivation and upkeep, and in a study trip to Novi Sad, Serbia, – events which were also supported by the UNDP’s project. From these initiatives, Isuf was able to learn and exchange information with international experts on strawberry cultivation, growing and maintenance.
This season, he is expecting to harvest 7-8 tons of fresh strawberries, which according to Isuf, it will double his family’s annual income for this year. He is optimistic that next year he will be able to plant another 2000m2 of his farmland with strawberries.
Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Nysret and Myrvete Rrahmani, Zubin Potok
In the municipality of Zubin Potok, Rrahmani family is one of Aid for Trade’s (AFT) beneficiaries of raspberry seedlings and cultivation materials for 1000m2. Nysret has a family of ten, five of which are women, and they all work together in their farm lands. Nysret’s family has experience in cultivating peppers and onions and usually sold most of their production in local markets. After attending training sessions on raspberry cultivation organized by AFT partner, Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK), Nysret and his wife Myrvete saw an opportunity in starting raspberry cultivation, for which Nysret stated, “it is a new and very profitable farming culture in Kosovo”. The Rrahmani family is confident that their new venture in raspberry cultivation will increase their family’s profitability and will enable them to hire seasonal workers during the first harvest, and expand further in the future.
Additional training sessions for cultivation of herbal and medical plants will take place in Kosovo and two field-study trips to Arilje and Vojvodina, Serbia will be carried out through May and June, 2015. We look forward to observing and supporting change and progress as Kosovar farmers become more informed and better trained to make the most of their land and get the most out of their work.
Roundtable discussion for raspberry cultivation organized
On 28th of April, 2015 the Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) launched a round-table discussion titled "Conditions and Limitations for the Development of the Raspberry Sector in Kosovo".
The raspberry roundtable was an opportunity to discuss important economic and environmental conditions that must be fulfilled for further expansion of raspberry cultivation in Kosovo. Various steps and strategies for overcoming these obstacles were proposed, emphasizing well-rounded cooperation.
Moreover, during this roundtable discussion IADK presented the guide on “Cultivation of Raspberry”, as part of UNDP’s Aid for Trade project framework, which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of this publication is to provide vital information on best practices for the cultivation of raspberries thus promoting competitiveness and increasing qualitative local production of raspberries. . The roundtable was attended by members and institutions from all levels of the raspberry value chain and international donors, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) of Kosovo, Agricultural Department of Prishtinë/Priština University, Agricultural Institute of Peja, Fruit Institution of Čačak in Serbia, local collection centers, representatives of USAID, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Helvetas, Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) and other members of the private sector.
The raspberry cultivation guide is another of UNDP’s contribution to Kosovo's agricultural industry, and is intended to increase quality and efficiency of production in the raspberry sector, to improve and expand raspberry farming practices, thus creating competitive exporting opportunities for Kosovar raspberry farmers.
To view the Cultivation of Raspberry guide in English, Albanian, and Serbian languages, please click on the following link:
Empowering Kosovar Farmers - Bojan Jovanovič, Leposaviq/č
On the beautiful outskirts of Leposaviq/č, Bojan Jovanovič looks after his family’s farm, where he both cultivates and grows cucumber, pepper and tomato seedlings. His main clients are local farmers and customers from neighbouring villages.
The UNDP’s Aid for Trade project, through Initiative for Agricultural Development of Kosovo (IADK) has supported Bojan with a farming incubator, thus enabling him to produce higher quality seedlings at an increased capacity. When asked how they cultivated seedlings in the past, Bojan said “we had a homemade improvised incubator that was tended to by our family; the new incubator has strongly improved the quality of our seedlings, it has increased our production capacities, and it takes care of many issues such as temperature, humidity, and other things that my father and I struggled to find solutions for.” Next year, the Jovanovič family expects to engage at least two seasonal workers to help them sell their seedlings in the local area.
The Jovanovič family in Leposaviq/č is one of many farmer families in the North region of Kosovo that until now had not been able to benefit from NGOs and international donors in Kosovo. Through the farming expertise and know-how of IADK, the Aid for Trade project was able to reach out to many families in northern Kosovo and provided support to their farming capacities by training them, providing them with useful information, and supplying them with fruit and vegetable seedlings, greenhouses, irrigation systems and other professional farming tools and materials.
Launching of the Report for Potential Export Markets
On 14 April 2015 the Aid for Trade project, under the framework of activities for promoting sustainable and inclusive economic development and supporting private sector, launched the report on “Potential Export Markets”.
The report is a UNDP contribution to Kosovo’s export promotion efforts in the context of the broader strategy to develop the competitiveness of Kosovo’s economy and create conditions to encourage the development of a diversified, high-productivity and high-value-added economic base. The purpose of the report is to assess the potential for increased exports in the sectors of agriculture, food and drinks, construction materials, wood-processing, handicrafts and tourism; and, ii) to identify market access rules, regulations and procedures for Kosovo exports from the above-mentioned sectors in four key markets for Kosovo – European Union (EU), Central Europe Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) region, the United States (U.S.) and Turkey.
Panelists of this event were representatives of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and UNDP, and it was attended by members of business community, economic chambers, Customs of Kosovo, Food and Veterinary Agency and media representatives.
Agriculture, particularly soft and wild fruits, organic products, vegetables, wine, processed foods, construction materials, and wood products possess exporting potential for Kosovar businesses. Also, there is a large exporting potential in the sectors of handcrafting and tourism where the Kosovar diaspora plays a strong role.
Koha net: http://koha.net/?id=27&l=52905
Kosova online: http://www.kosovaonline.info/?page=1,12
Bota Sot daily newspaper on page 15
KTV invited AfT Project Manager for an interview regarding subject on 15/04/2015 at 7:30AM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEmUbtKvgYI
RTK invited AfT Project Manager for an interview regarding subject on 16/04/2015 at 8:30AM:
Presentation of 3 business guides
On April 8th, 2015, in Prizren, the Aid for Trade project presented three business guides for Kosovar businesses. In addition to participation from various businesses, this workshop was also attended by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency (KIESA), representatives of six municipalities and representatives of other institutional associations. In his opening remarks, Mr. Agon Dula - Director of the Directorate for Private Sector Promotion emphasized the importance of continuous support to local businesses, helping them succeed in exporting their products and services. Mr. Dula praised Aid for Trade’s support to MTI and to the private-sector, and encouraged businesses to use these guides, deeming them highly informative and practical. Due to continuous liberalization of global trade, an increasing number of Kosovar enterprises are joining the international market. Through this initiative, the project objective is to support businesses in evaluating exporting opportunities, to inform regarding international quality-management standards and to help businesses create sound exporting strategies. Materials were prepared in accordance with international standards, and in cooperation with KIESA, these business guides will be disseminated in all one-stop shops offices in Kosovo.
Portali Indeksonline: http://www.indeksonline.net/?FaqeID=8&LajmID=153108
TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00
Aid for Trade Continues to Foster Sustainable Growth
Aid for Trade (AfT) project shared its up-to-date achievements at its fifth Project Board Meeting held on 26 March. Present at the event were Ms. Anne Meskanen, Chargée d’Affaires at the Embassy of Finland, Ms. Hykmete Bajrami, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms. Alessandra Roccasalvo, UNDP Kosovo Deputy Resident Representative, partners and other representatives of Kosovo institutions. During the meeting it was emphasized that the project continued to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth through promoting trade and enhancing Kosovo’s competitiveness, by strengthening capacities to participate in and benefit from international trade. As a result of these efforts 54 new jobs, enhancing the lives of 54 families, were created in 2014. In addition, project supported 850 businesses and 180 farmers through direct interventions and investments to eventually increase and enhance production, position better in regional markets and beyond thus expand businesses and generate new employment opportunities. As we move forward through the first half of 2015, the project continues the close cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, other institutions at the central and local levels, private sector and other stakeholders. Project supports concrete interventions required to improve Kosovo’s long-term trade and economic performance by strengthening capacities to participate in and benefit from international trade. In addition, through joint activities with other UNDP projects, Aid for Trade contributes to enhancing economic development by increasing employment opportunities for young women and men and to attracting local and foreign investment.
Launching of the updated tourism website
On 11 February 2015, Department of Tourism and Economic Development of Prizren municipality organized a launching ceremony to present the updated and upgraded tourism website www.prizren360.com.
Updated website is designed in accordance with the best and up-to-date and presents an important contribution towards development of tourism sector.
Through this website tourists will have an opportunity to get to know better the culture and history of Prizren town and get informed about its potential and touristic offers. Website is compatible with all modern electric equipment and offers important touristic information.
Update of the website is realized in the framework of UNDP’s project “Aid for Trade” financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Radio Kosova, interview with Mensur Bytyqi, Municipal Director for Tourism and Economic Development, Prizren.
TV Besa, TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00
Distribution of 28 milking machines to women farmers in the municipality of Shtërpce/Štrpce
In order to further support the Kosovo’s economic development, support capacity building of the private sector, farmers and other stakeholders, the UNDP “Aid for Trade” project distributed 28 milking machines to women farmers in the municipality of Shtërpcë/Štrpce.
The selection of farmers belonging to communities living in the region was conducted in close cooperation with representatives of the municipality of Shtërpce/Štrpce.
The Deputy Mayor of Shtërpcë/Štrpce, Mr. Beqir Fejzullahu, in his opening remarks acknowledged the contribution of UNDP and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in supporting farmers and enhancing the development of livestock in the region.
The UNDP “Aid for Trade” project has previously supported the establishment of milk collection point in the municipality of Shtërpcë.
Workshop on the concept of environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production
The Aid for Trade project organized the workshop on the concept of environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production. The workshop was attended by more than 50 businesses located in the Economic Region South, representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and representatives of local institutions operating in the region.
The aim of the workshop was to assist the private sector and support businesses on their commitment toward high quality production. Such initiative would enable import substitution and provide higher export potential. The workshop addressed important pillars such as environmentally friendly technologies, renewable energy, waste management, and recycling with practical examples.
TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00
Training on International Quality Standards
To inform businesses operating in the Economic Region South about key international quality standards, Aid for Trade project organized a two-day training on management systems ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and HACCP. The training was dedicated for businesses operating in agriculture, food manufacturing, construction materials, wood processing, handicrafts and tourism. This training aimed at suporting businesses in their efforts towards improving their products and services. Applying such standards should enables businesses to expand thier activities, substitute imports, and increase exports by utilizing their resources more efficiently, improving risk management, and increasing customer satisfaction. Part of this initiative is the preparation of the relvant guidelines that will assist businesses with information on these standards and prerequisites for international certification.
TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00
Ex-Post Policy Assessment- “Impact of tax regime on four manufacturing sectors” launched
Aid for Trade project in cooperation with Department of Industry of the Ministry of Trade and Industry launched the ex-post policy assessment report on the impact of tax regime on four manufacturing sectors. The purpose of this policy assessment is to analyze the effect of the tax regime on metal, textile, wood and food processing sectors during the last decade. More specifically, by focusing on strategic manufacturing industries, it attempts to first of all determine – based on the available empirical data - whether the tax regime that was in place over the last couple of years has had a negative, neutral or positive effect on the growth of the manufacturing sector. The study attempts to retroactively assess the impact of the applicable tax rates and the administration of the tax system on the investment climate for the manufacturing sector. It does so by looking at available indicators from a mixture of sources, such as primary data from the Kosovo Tax Administration and the Kosovo Customs, business surveys, other secondary sources and interviews with relevant stakeholders.
Link for reports:
Launching conference of the “Support to the tourism sector in the Economic Region South” successfully organized
Launching conference organized in Prizren gathered municipal representatives, tour operators and civil society operating in Economic Region South. Aid for Trade Project Manager and representatives of the local partner EC Ma Ndryshe informed participants on the project activities and the importance of cooperation among all stakeholders to structure and enrich the tourist offer of the South Region. The overall objective of the project is to enhance economic development by supporting the efforts towards structuring and enriching cultural tourist offer of the region through innovative products and unique services.
TV Besa, TV Opinion and TV Prizreni reported the event on news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00
Organization of Matchmaking Services for Specific Industries
The main objectives of this initiative are to induce and create valuable networks between domestic current and potential exporters operating in Economic Region South (municipalities of Prizren, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Rahovec/Orahovac, Malishevë/Mališevo, Mamushë/Mamuša and Dragash/Dragaš) and potential foreign buyers, thus contributing to the improvement of sale channels and reducing the costs of identifying market opportunities as well as improving access to domestic and foreign markets. The project has been implemented by Regional Development Agency (RDA) South in close cooperation with municipal representatives. The following 6 sectors were covered by this project: agriculture production, food processing, artisanal crafts, wood processing, construction materials and cultural tourism.
·48 businesses participated in 2 Fairs;
·208 businesses from Economic Region South participated in 4 B2B Events;
·Approximately 350 businesses from the neighbouring countries took part in B2B Meetings;
·200 businesses from Economic Region South and neighbouring countries participated in the Mega B2B event;
·11 agreements were reached between Kosovo entrepreneurs and their regional counterparts;
First B2B Online portal in South East Europe has been developed ~ 300 entrepreneurs from Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo registered as members. Aim of this Business to Business web portal is to facilitate the needs of business communities in Kosovo, as well as the needs of their regional counterparts. This tool ensures that local producers and exporters are given an opportunity to market their products, find potential buyers and plan their future activities. Each producer has its own Info Page, within this Web Portal. With the help of this tool, entrepreneurs will be able to directly contact their business counterparts.
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Report on Competitiveness: “Natural-Born Clusters” launched
Utilizing a cluster-based approach, the report analyzes various relevant dimensions (opportunities and constraints, skill composition, technology, market access/constraints, linkages within industry or with other industries) of leading export industries founded and managed by local entrepreneurs in Kosovo and provides recommendations to support these businesses and help them move into higher value-added products/activities. Presented representative cluster case studies are driven by entrepreneurs who are using the factor advantages offered by Kosovo.
Report covers three (3) emerging clusters: leather goods and footwear; agribusiness-soft fruits and medical/aromatic plants, as well as the wine cluster and covers eight (8) other potential clusters such as mining industry, decorative stones, forestry, wood furniture and products, tourism, information and communication technology, processed foods and beverages, textiles and apparel.
Report indicates that in order to succeed, formation of cluster initiatives should be a collaborative process involving government at multiple levels, companies, educational and research institutions, and other supporting institutions. Thus, a joint formulation of the policy debate and actions by the public and private stakeholders though a shared understanding of the underlying issues is essential.
By developing a joint platform, a cluster initiative, builds ownership by the stakeholders and is often a crucial starting point to more comprehensive economic reform processes in developing countries. Furthermore, cluster initiatives are perceived as policy catalyst for competitiveness and productivity.
Two trainings on International Business Conduct organized
In its efforts to support capacity building of SMEs and other relevant existing local actors in Economic Region South, with focus on import substitution and export promotion, the Aid for Trade project funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, organized two trainings on international trade.
Training on designing the export marketing plans organized in Prizren on 10 and 11 October 2014 gathered around 50 participants from local institutions, associations and businesses operating in agriculture, food processing, construction materials, wood processing, handicrafts and tourism.
The objective was to introduce export and marketing related concepts and encourage networking between local participants. Specifically, the aim was to inform the businesses on the requirements of designing export marketing plans and to help them in adjusting their product/service features, their pricing strategy, identify distribution channels as well as introduce tools to promote exports in compliance with and relevant to existing market specificities.
In addition, training for trainers to selected personnel of the partnering local business association was organized. Drafting of a step by step guideline providing recommendations for future use/update of the plan and recommendations on exploring new exporting markets, export expansion and competitiveness is also part of this initiative.
Further, on 24 and 25 October 2014, training on steps towards succesful exporting was organized. Representatives from relevant institutions such as: Customs of Kosovo, Tax Administration, Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency, municipal representatives, chambers of commerce, transporting agencies and representatives of the banking sector informed participants on their contribution towards enhancing exports. High number of participating businesses indicated the relevance and importance of the topic covered.
Through this training, businesses were provided with concise and thorough information on specific subjects related to international markets. The aim was to present information in a comprehensive and clear manner addressing important segments to assist local businesses in having better understanding of the relevant trade issues such as: marketing and communication in international business, laws and regulation, strategies/organization for international business, differences in culture, value chains in international markets, etc., upon entering international markets.
To provide practical examples on the topics covered, training included a series of videos, case studies and short presentations by key actors in the field of export. Moreover, to further support businesses towards greater exporting, project is supporting the development of a step-by-step guideline, determining all exporting stages.
These activities were implemented in cooperation with three local business associations: Shoqata e Zejtarëve dhe Afaristëve të Prizrenit (SHZAP), ESNAF and SOFRA.
TV Prizreni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HOg6_e1AH0
TV Prizreni: http://prizreni.tv/filloi-trajnimi-dhe-aftesimi-i-biznesve-ne-prizren-per-eksport-dhe-marketing/
Prizreni Press: http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/ne-prizren-mbajt-trajnimi-per-eksporte-te-suksesshme/
Daily newspaper Kosova Sot, Monday, 27 October, page 15
Inauguration of milk collection points in Shtërpce/Štrpce and Reçan/Rečan
In its efforts to improve operational conditions, increase income and improve living standards as well as induce networking between rural communities and farmers, Aid for Trade project in cooperation with the relevant municipal representatives established two milk collection points.
Supporting the establishment of milk collection points and milk processing facilities will not only make the production of better quality and more cost efficient, but will also induce networking between business operators and individuals, and would bring about increased revenues and improved livelihoods.
Delegation from the Finish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and municipal representatives participated in the inauguration event organized on 30 September 2014.
Three policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics launched
UNDP in cooperation with Ministry of Trade and Industry launched the three policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics in the framework of the Aid for Trade project. The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and in implemented by UNDP in Kosovo with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) as main partner.
Production of higher value added goods and services, enhancement of human capital and other productivity factors, play a crucial role in increasing competitiveness and export potential of the Kosovo’s economy. Thus, the reports present information on the existing constraints and challenges faced by the current and potential Kosovo’s exporters and provide practical recommendations on overcoming them.
The overall objective of the policy assessments is to assist MTI in their policy making efforts by providing more in-depth knowledge on the selected trade related issues. In addition, the aim is to also shape the public discourse, facilitate an inclusive participation, and guide the decisions taken by other related policy-makers.
Kosova Sot daily newspaper, page 7
Zeri daily, page 17 (business supplement)
Three representatives of Department of Industry participated in a study visit in Slovenia
Three representatives of the Department of Industry within Ministry of Trade and Industry participated in a study visit in Slovenia on 14 and 15 July 2014. The delegation was hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. The info story on this visit is accesible at: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Ministry-Trade-and-Industry-activities/Department-of-Industry-DPI-Official-Visit-to-Slovenia-3023-3023.
Representative of Department of Industry participated in the “2014 Venice International Multidisciplinary Academic Summit”
During 7-9 July 2014, through the support of the Aid for Trade project, the Senior Officer of Industrial Development Policies and Projects within Department of Industry participated at the “2014 Venice International Multidisciplinary Academic Summit” presenting a paper on the determinants of trade volume in Kosovo (exports and imports).
Senior Policy Officer of Department of Industry attended the workshop on “Designing an Industrial Policy Toolkit for the Western Balkans and Turkey”
The workshop was organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 18-19 June 2014 in Istanbul. The purpose of the workshop was to finalize a toolkit for designing an industrial policy in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The basic purpose of this toolkit was to provide the first key steps to build an effective industrial and toolkit. The participating countries presented their own experiences and challenges that served as an opportunity to highlight the similarities and differences among. For further information on the workshop, please see Annex 3 for the report prepared by the participating representatives.
Policy making representatives from the Department of Industry participated at the 7th International Conference: “An Enterprise Odyssey: Leadership, Innovation and Development for Responsible Economy”
On 4-7 June 2014, two policy making representatives from the Department of Industry participated at the 7th International Conference: “An Enterprise Odyssey: Leadership, Innovation and Development for Responsible Economy”in Zadar, organized by the University of Zagreb. The purpose of attending this conference was to obtain information on management and leadership processes, challenges, successes and projects sustainability, including quality management and corporate social responsibility. Info story on this visit is accesible at: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Ministry-Trade-and-Industry-activities/Representatives-from-the-Department-of-Industry-participate-in-the-7th-International-Conference-An-Enterprise-Odyssey-Leadership-Innovation-and-Development-for-Responsible-Economy-2988-2988
Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS) established
Aid for Trade project supported the Department of Industry within Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to establish the Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS). System enables Department of Industry to follow-up important economic trend developments in Kosovo, analyze trends as well as inform decision-making with regard to both industrial and trade policy. The database established in June 2014 is developed as an information system receiving systematic information on 50 indicators from 5 relevant data collecting institutions (Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Kosovo Business Registration Agency, Central Bank of Kosovo, Customs of Kosovo and Tax Administration of Kosovo).
Baseline assessment report for Economic Region South (ERS) launched
The Baseline assessment report for Economic Region South (ERS) covers six sectors considered to have significant competitive advantage and higher potential to improve Kosovo’s balance of trade in goods and services. It identifies challenges faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) of ERS operating in agriculture, food processing, construction materials, wood processing, artisanal crafts and tourism in having better access to market and information necessary for increasing their domestic and export competitiveness. Moreover, it provides a comprehensive assessment of the current situation (nature and scope of operations) and defines the factors influencing the competitiveness of businesses operating in the region. In general, the report reveals that besides some differences in few aspects, businesses operating in different sectors share the same challenges.
TV BESA news at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00 Daily newspaper Zëri in its supplement on economic issues (page 14)
Study visit to Latvia
Supported by the Aid for Trade project, the policy-making staff of the Department of Industry and the Minister's Cabinet of Ministry of Trade and Industry, conducted a study visit to Latvia on 19-23 May. The purpose of this visit was to become familiar with the process, challenges and successes of the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Industry of Latvia (SKIL). The visit was considered as an excellent experience and learning opportunity. For more information, please click the following link: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Ministry-Trade-and-Industry-activities/A-study-tour-visit-to-Latvia-2984-2984.
Six sector profile reports successfully launched
Six sector profile reports provide information on the recent developments and identify all the barriers faced by the businesses operating in the following sectors: Wood processing, Food processing and Packaging, Textile, Metal Processing, Tourism and ICT with special focus on Business Process Outsourcing and Customer Support Centres.
Reports: http://www.mti-ks.org/en-us/Publications and
Training on “Results-Based Management: Monitoring and Evaluation” successfully organized
On 17 March 2014, UNDP’s Head of PRGC Team together with Inclusive Growth Programme Associate and Resource Monitoring Associate, organized the training on “Results-Based Management: Monitoring and Evaluation” for selected staff from Ministry of Trade and Industry. The exercise was very interactive and highly appreciated by the MTI participants.
- Project Duration
- April 2012 – June 2016
- Geographic Coverage
- Kosovo wide
- Focus Area
- Inclusive Growth
- Ministry of Trade and Industry, Division of Industrial Policies, Business and farmers operating in Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a region
- Ministry of Trade and Industry; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development and other line ministries; Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency; Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a Region; Regional Development Agency South; Private Sector Enterprises and farmers; Local Business Associations; Specialized agencies: Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Customs of Kosovo, Tax Administration of Kosovo, Civil society, NGOs, independent think tanks, national and local media
- Teuta PurriniProject Managerteuta.firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +381 38 240 008 ext. 108