Aid For Trade

Project Summary


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 acheive

Aid for Trade project provides technical assistance and supports capacity development for the Ministry of Trade and Industry to develop and implement evidence-based and pro-poor trade reforms. Together with small and medium enterprises and farmers from Economic Region South (ERS) and Mitrovicë/a region, the project works to raise productivity, employment and entrepreneurship, in gender responsive manner, and contribute to improved livelihoods.

Beneficiaries and stakeholders of the Aid for Trade project include a wide range of private and public entities in Kosovo.

Results



Kosovo wide, in close cooperation with Ministry of Trade and Industry:
Technical and Human Capacities
• Established the Industrial Policy Information System (IPIS);
• Established the Petroleum Market Regulation Information System (PMRIS);
• Supported  participation of 21 MTI staff (38% women) in study visits, various trainings, conferences and workshops;
• Enhance policy-making capacities in the Division of Tourism.
 
 Evidence-based policy making
• Developed the comprehensive Industrial Policy Platform;
• Launched 6 sector profiles (reports and snapshots) for competitive and labour-intensive industries. Reports used for investment promotion by KIESA and MTI;
• Produced 3 policy assessments for priority trade and human development topics;
• Launched report on competitiveness “ Natural-born clusters”;
• Ex-post assessment of 3 existing fiscal related policies.
 
 Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a region:
• Supported SMEs and farmers through provision of market information and several targeted capacity development activities with focus on import substitution and export promotion;
• Enhanced tourism sector in ERS;
• Established two milk collection points and two milk processing facilities;
• Organized matchmaking initiatives between domestic and regional businesses;
• Promoted environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production.

Donor Information

Donor Amount
Government Of Finland 1,337,738.00 EUR
Czech Trust Fund 28,600.00 USD

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: 

http://www.iadk.org/ArkivaeLajmeve/tabid/77/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/710/language/sq-AL/PUBLIKOHET-BROSHURA-PER-KULTIVIMIN-E-MJEDRES.aspx

Coverage:

http://www.iadk.org/ArkivaeLajmeve/tabid/77/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/704/language/sq-AL/U-mbajt-tryeza-e-rrumbullaket-me-temen-Kushtet-dhe-kufizimet-e-zhvillimit-te-sektorit-te-mjedres-ne-Kosove.aspx

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.

Coverage:

Koha net:  http://koha.net/?id=27&l=52905

RTKLive: http://www.rtklive.com/?id=3&r=27104

Bota Sot: http://botasot.info/ekonomia/393479/kosoves-i-kerkohet-fokusim-ne-cilesine-e-prodhimeve/

Kallxo. Com: http://live.kallxo.com/sq/MTL/UNDP-Kosova-nuk-po-i-Shfrytezon-Lehtesite-per-Tregti-me-BE-ne-6037

Zëri: http://www.zeri.info/aktuale/28309/u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport/

GazetaExpress: http://www.gazetaexpress.com/lajme/kosoves-i-kerkohet-fokusim-ne-cilesine-e-prodhimeve-93956/

IndeksOnline: http://www.indeksonline.net/?FaqeID=8&LajmID=154180

Illyria Press: http://illyriapress.com/u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport/

Kosovalive360: http://www.kosovalive360.com/produktet-bujqesore-potencial-eksportues-per-bizneset-kosovare.html

Kosova.info: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport.html

Time.al: http://time.ikub.al/Lajme/695174f9fb/Bujqesia-e-turizmi-potencial-eksportues-per-bizneset.aspx

Gazeta Lajm: http://www.gazetalajm.com/bujqesia-dhe-perpunimin-ushqimit-sektoret-me-te-rendesishem-per-kosoven.html

Info Globi: https://infoglobi.com/bujqesia-e-turizmi-potencial-per-bizneset/

Kosova press: http://www.kosovapress.com/sq/ekonomi/kosoves-i-kerkohet-fokusim-ne-cilesine-e-prodhimeve-40053/

NewPrishtina: http://newprishtina.com/lid=19663

Epoka e Re: http://www.epokaere.com/index.aspx?SID=13&PMID=3&LID=2&ACatID=2&AID=61653&Ctype=1

Infodirekt: http://infodirekt.tv/index.php/lajme-all-fix/30316-u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport

Ekonomia: http://www.ekonomia-ks.com/?page=1,3,376142

Gjuha Shqipe: http://www.gjuhashqipe.com/lajmetari/lajmetari2.aspx?id=99264

Info Arkiva: http://www.arkivalajmeve.com/Produktet-bujqesore-potencial-eksportues-per-bizneset-kosovare.1047747012/

Kosova online: http://www.kosovaonline.info/?page=1,12

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/118936

Info Direkt: http://infodirekt.tv/index.php/lajme-all-fix/30316-u-prezantua-raporti-mbi-tregjet-potenciale-per-eksport

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ePKugNdpz8

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.

Coverage:

Kosova.info:  http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/prezantohen-udhezuesit-per-bizneset.html

Portali Indeksonline: http://www.indeksonline.net/?FaqeID=8&LajmID=153108

Prizreni TV: http://prizreni.tv/undp-vijon-me-projektin-ndihme-tregtise-per-bizneset-e-rajonit-te-prizrenit/

Prizren Press: http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/prezantohen-udhezuesit-per-bizneset-ne-prizren/ 

Bota Press: http://botapress.info/prezantohen-udhezuesit-per-bizneset/

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.

Coverage: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/03/27/aid-for-trade-continues-to-foster-sustainable-growth.html 

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.

Coverage:

Zëri: http://zeri.info/aktuale/19575/u-prezentua-uebfaqja-e-perpunuar-e-turizmit/

Kosova Info: http://www.kosova.info/kultura/prizren-u-prezentua-uebfaqja-e-perpunuar-e-turizmit.html

TV Prizreni: http://prizreni.tv/prezantohet-ueb-faqja-e-perpunuar-e-drejtorise-se-turizmit-ne-prizren/

Bota Press: http://botapress.info/u-prezentua-uebfaqja-e-perpunuar-e-turizmit/

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

UNPD

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.

Coverage:

http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/rbec/en/home/ourwork/democraticgovernance/successstories/milking-machines-make-easier-work-for-women-farmers

http://kosovalbaner.com/2014/12/u-shperndan-28-makina-mjelese-per-fermeret-e-shterpces/

http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/28-makina-mjelese-per-fermeret-e-komunes-se-shterpces.html

http://www.fermaime.com/?id=23&l=6964

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.

COVERAGE:

http://prizreni.tv/mbahet-punetoria-ne-prizren-se-si-bizneset-te-ruajne-ambientin-ku-veprojne/

http://prizrenpress.com/ekonomi/trajnim-per-ruajtjen-ambientit-te-biznesit-ne-prizren/

http://www.tv-opinion.com/Lajmet.aspx

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.

Coverage:

http://prizreni.tv/filloi-punimet-trajnimi-dy-ditor-ne-prizren-ndihme-tregtise/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZnAb3u08R4&feature=youtu.be

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:

http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/impact-of-tax-regime-on-four-manufacturing-sectors.html

Coverage:

http://www.tetovasot.com/2014/11/undp-lanson-raportin-ndikimi-i-regjimit-te-taksave-ne-kater-sektore-prodhues/

http://www.kosova.info/lajme/undp-lanson-raportin-ndikimi-i-regjimit-te-taksave-ne-kater-sektore-prodhues.html

http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/113777

http://grid.al/news/159767089/undp-lanson-raportin-ndikimi-i-regjimit-te-taksave-ne-kater-sektore-prodhues

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.

Coverage:

http://www.ecmandryshe.org/?page=1,17,265

http://www.kosovalive360.com/promovohet-zhvillimi-rajonal-permes-turizmit-kulturor-ne-prizren.html

http://www.albaniatourism.org/promovohet-zhvillimi-rajonal-permes-turizmit-kulturor-ne-prizren/

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.

Results achieved:

·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.

Click here to download Brochures

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.

Coverage:

Interview in KTV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSI0A1KGOPE&index=30&list=UUChjLVaOc2u4zy3G8CPGIhQ

Zëri: http://www.zeri.info/aktuale/4539/lansohet-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore/

Tetova Sot: http://www.tetovasot.com/lansohet-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore/

Grid Al: http://grid.al/news/159530305/lansohet-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore

Time Al: http://time.ikub.al/NONE/ce7f64a1748f79679c3d6eb640f4c239/Lajm_Lansohet-Raporti-mbi-Konkurrueshmerine-Grupet-Natyrore-.aspx

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/112765

Kosova Info: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/u-lansua-raporti-mbi-konkurrueshmerine-grupet-natyrore.html

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.

Coverage:

TV Prizreni: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HOg6_e1AH0

Zeri: http://www.zeri.info/aktuale/4232/mbahet-trajnimi-mbi-ecurine-drejt-eksporteve-te-suksesshme/

Ekonomia: http://www.ekonomia-ks.com/?page=1,3,371163

Kosova Info: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/u-mbajt-trajnimi-mbi-ecurine-drejt-eksporteve-te-suksesshme.html

Info Globi: http://infoglobi.com/undp-organizon-projektin-ndihme-tregtise/

Lajm: http://lajmonline.com/sq/Ekonomi/Mbahet-trajnimi-mbi-ecurine-rejt-eksporteve-te-suksesshme-65954

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/

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/112142;

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. 

Link for reports: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/three-policy-assessments-for-priority-trade-and-human-developmen.html

MTI Story: http://www.mti-ks.org/sq/Aktivitetet-e-MTI-se/Lansohet-Analiza-e-Politikave-Prioritare-mbi-Zhvillimin-e-Tregtise-dhe-Burimeve-Njerezore-3027-3027

 Coverage: http://www.kosova.info/ekonomi/lansohet-analiza-e-politikave-prioritare-mbi-zhvillimin-e-tregtise-dhe-burimeve-njerezore.html

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.

Link for reports http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/baseline-assessment-of-economic-region-south.html

Coverage:

QIK: http://www.kosova.com/artikulli/107404

Kosova Press: http://www.kosovapress.com/sq/njoftime-dhe-paralajmrime/ngjarjet-e-dates-27-maj-18086/

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

http://www.invest-ks.org/en/sectoral-studies

Publication: http://www.ks.undp.org/content/kosovo/en/home/library/poverty/six-sector-profile-publications.html

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.

Overview
Status
Active
Project Duration
April 2012 – June 2015
Geographic Coverage
Kosovo wide
Focus Area
Inclusive Growth
Beneficiaties
Ministry of Trade and Industry, Division of Industrial Policies, Business and farmers operating in Economic Region South and Mitrovicë/a region
Partners
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
Contact
Teuta Purrini
Project Manager
teuta.purrini@undp.org
Phone: +381 38 240 008 ext. 108
Aid for Trade Infographic
English
Shqip
Srpski
Project Related Documents
A Step by Step Guide for Exporters
Export Marketing Plan - Step by step guide
Handbook on Selected Management Systems
Report on Potential Export Markets