This project was designed to replace the Kosovo Food and Veterinary Agency’s (KFVA) multiple redundant and inefficient veterinary and phytosanitary systems with a new, unified system that will ensure better information exchange and interception of animal and plant products.
The outcome of the activity will have a positive impact on international trade, specifically regarding easier and safer movement of goods with animal and plant origin.
The goal of the Scholarships and Partnerships component of the Transformational Leadership Program is to develop the capacity of Kosovars to bring about transformational change in Kosovo through opportunities for advanced education, leadership development, and technical assistance. This will be accomplished through university scholarships, partnerships, and student and faculty exchanges.
EMPOWER North is designed to build on the support previously provided to businesses in northern Kosovo through the Kosovo Private Enterprise Program. The program provides support to the four northern municipalities of Zubin Potok, Zvečan/Zveçan, Leposavić/Leposaviq, and North Mitrovica with the aim of promoting further economic development and income generation in the region.
The program is working to achieve this by helping businesses get better access to domestic and foreign markets and better integration into the value chain through grant assistance and technical training.
USAID developed a loan portfolio guarantee to increase access to finance for Kosovo’s micro, small, and medium enterprises in agricultural value chains, as well as business startups in all sectors. These guarantees give banks the incentive to lend to business startups and agribusinesses, especially young entrepreneurs and farmers, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to obtain financing, in order to demonstrate the potential profitability in these sectors. USAID is also working to assist Kosovo’s financial sector to introduce new products tailored to meet the specific needs of start-ups and agricultural businesses.
EMPOWER Private Sector Support aims to increase competitiveness in growth-ready sectors and facilitate inclusive job creation, while also developing the capacity of local service providers to support the Kosovo private sector and respond to USAID contractor requirements.
Last updated: October 26, 2015