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December 1, 2017

Kosovo’s growing apparel sector held its first-ever Apparel Convention on November 6th, bringing together Kosovo’s political leadership, apparel manufacturers, donors, and international buyers.  Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and USAID Deputy Mission Director Lisa Magno both spoke at the event, which served as a great opportunity for apparel companies large and small to gain visibility, negotiate business, and attract investors.  The Convention was a proud day for all those in the industry whose investments, innovation and hard work have helped to build Kosovo’s reputation as a quality clothing producer and exporter. 

December 1, 2017

The incredible entrepreneurial spirit of Kosovo’s citizens was on display this week during a series of events celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2017.  Ambassador Delawie kicked off the festivities on November 13th, praising Kosovo’s budding entrepreneurs and small business owners “for their ingenuity and determination, for their ability to create jobs, and for their vision of what Kosovo can achieve in the future.”  Many of these emerging business leaders were on hand during the week, including several USAID beneficiaries that spoke about their experiences in founding and growing their companies. 

December 1, 2017

Kosovo’s Assembly took a big step forward on transparency November 9th at the launch of its new Legislative Tracking System.  USAID Mission Director James Hope joined Assembly Speaker Kadri veseli, Assembly staff, and representatives from across Kosovo’s civil society at the event.  In his remarks, Mission Director Hope highlighted the most important aspect of the new tracking system, its ability to “remove barriers between the Parliament and the people they represent, so that Parliamentarians can be more responsive to the needs and concerns of their citizens.”

December 1, 2017

Ajvar, one of Kosovo’s most delicious and beloved traditional foods, is bringing great success to a local vegetable processing company. On November 7th, a USAID team visited ASK Foods in Gjilan, to discuss its growing ajvar production and plans for the future.

December 1, 2017

International Education Week (November 13-17) is the perfect time to take stock of some of the innovative ways that USAID is supporting higher education in Kosovo.  Through the Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships (TLP-SP), USAID has sent more than 280 promising young scholars to the United States to pursue their Master’s Degrees and Professional Certificates.  Upon returning to Kosovo, these emerging leaders are volunteering their time and talents in public and private organizations all across the country, and they recently formed an alumni organization to help them join together and become better advocates for their fellow citizens.   

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Last updated: December 04, 2017

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