USAID’s Private Sector Development Project (PSDP) is a four-year, $7-million activity to strengthen private sector firms in 12 municipalities in the economically devastated regions of south and southwest Serbia. The project was launched in July 2013. The 12 municipalities are Vranje, Leskovac, Presevo, Bujanovac, Medvedja, Raska, Novi Pazar, Sjenica, Tutin, Priboj, Prijepolje and Nova Varos.
The project is being implemented by the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD) through its network of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). The RDAs in Novi Pazar, Uzice, Kraljevo and Leskovac, in cooperation with the Vranje Small Business Agency, will help growth-oriented companies and business clusters increase sales and exports and create jobs.
This is the first time that USAID Serbia is directly partnering with a Government of Serbia entity for the implementation of a USAID program. This USAID Government-to-Government program is one of the first and most complex in all of southeast Europe.
USAID will build the capacity of NARD and the RDAs to run the program by providing support in areas such as program management, monitoring and evaluation, providing export market assessment tools, etc.