PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT - KRESHNIK SHEHU

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Private sector is essential to Kosovo’s democratic and economic progress. Innovation, technology, employment, are only few of avenues that drive and sustain outcomes capable of moving Kosovo toward its journey to self-reliance.

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1 00:00:04,439 --> 00:00:09,005 The private sector plays a key role in Kosovo's development, 2 00:00:09,061 --> 00:00:13,554 particularly the processing sector, and in that context I can speak 3 00:00:13,581 --> 00:00:15,886 more competently about the wood processing sector, 4 00:00:16,000 --> 00:00:18,757 which plays an important role, 5 00:00:18,863 --> 00:00:25,814 both in terms of promotion of our products 6 00:00:25,845 --> 00:00:28,161 and in terms of generation of profits. 7 00:00:28,205 --> 00:00:32,898 If we are able to create some products which 8 00:00:33,193 --> 00:00:35,724 can be sold outside of Kosovo, 9 00:00:35,781 --> 00:00:38,147 then benefits are created, 10 00:00:38,552 --> 00:00:43,359 multiple benefits I would say, such as creation of new jobs 11 00:00:43,621 --> 00:00:48,899 and profits flowing into Kosovo from abroad. 12 00:00:49,810 --> 00:00:55,098 Our contribution consists in that we have created a brand, 13 00:00:55,123 --> 00:00:58,140 which is acceptable to the European community, 14 00:00:58,168 --> 00:01:02,765 where we now export more than 50% of our output, 15 00:01:02,790 --> 00:01:06,375 it all goes to the European Union markets. 16 00:01:06,885 --> 00:01:10,204 However, while making this contribution, 17 00:01:10,359 --> 00:01:12,501 through increase of demand we experienced, 18 00:01:12,745 --> 00:01:15,429 we faced the need for additional workforce. 19 00:01:15,699 --> 00:01:18,371 And that's where we encountered problems, 20 00:01:18,550 --> 00:01:22,812 as we lacked qualified and skilled workforce, 21 00:01:22,970 --> 00:01:26,558 so we were forced to invest in the creation 22 00:01:26,632 --> 00:01:28,940 of a vocational training center. 23 00:01:28,965 --> 00:01:32,408 In the center which got accredited last year we started 24 00:01:32,625 --> 00:01:38,133 training young men and women, not just for our needs 25 00:01:38,216 --> 00:01:42,128 but for the entire wood processing sector. 26 00:01:42,218 --> 00:01:45,513 And it's there that I believe we have made a great contribution, 27 00:01:45,538 --> 00:01:50,231 in terms of vocational training in the wood processing sector. 28 00:01:51,862 --> 00:01:55,026 As far as the work we do goes, 29 00:01:55,136 --> 00:01:59,010 there are several areas of wood processing we engage in, 30 00:01:59,134 --> 00:02:05,299 and we have managed to create a brand over time, which was, fortunately, 31 00:02:05,365 --> 00:02:07,264 well received in the European market. 32 00:02:07,508 --> 00:02:13,323 And especially in the last 5 years, half of our products are exported 33 00:02:13,370 --> 00:02:17,284 and this is something which makes us feel good and keeps us motivated 34 00:02:17,309 --> 00:02:23,067 to work harder and increase our capacities, for a larger export. 35 00:02:23,178 --> 00:02:25,343 When there's exporting activity going on 36 00:02:25,410 --> 00:02:28,691 then a better climate is created. 37 00:02:28,838 --> 00:02:34,808 Our products establish their name in the countries where they're exported, 38 00:02:35,087 --> 00:02:39,283 and this positively affects the future of this country.

Last updated: October 14, 2021

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