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Last updated: July 26, 2021

July 22, 2021

Recently, Agon Hysaj, a researcher at Democracy Plus, audited a procurement activity where one of the bidding economic operators submitted forged documents.  Even though the Procurement Review Body, an independent administrative body that deals with claims in public procurement procedures, decided to blacklist the business, other enforcement mechanisms did not sanction this act, violating the law.  It is fairly common in Kosovo for investigative journalists and civil society to report misuse of procurement procedures, but the cases are not further investigated by police or prosecutors.  All

July 22, 2021

Kosovo Transmission System and Market Operator (KOSTT), in cooperation with USAID, organized a three-day session on energy market development and integration.  Representatives from KOSTT, Ministry of Economy, Kosovo Energy Corporation, and Kosovo Electricity Supply Company joined the session.  The forum provided the participants with first-hand knowledge of how the liberalized energy market in Central Europe and the Nordic region works with lessons for Kosovo. 

July 22, 2021

Kosovo’s solar energy sector has been growing since 2013, despite the many challenges it faces as a new industry.  A real boost for the sector came in 2014, when the Ministry of Agriculture introduced renewable energy measures within the agricultural grant scheme.  A recent assessment on Kosovo’s solar investment potential, funded by USAID, notes that currently there are more than 1,000 solar energy projects installed in the agricultural sector throughout the country, operating with a total installed capacity of about 3,690 kilowatts.  Most of these projects are disconnected from the grid w

July 12, 2021

During April, the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF) accepted 419 loans under guarantee totaling 13.5 million euros.  This is the highest amount ever reached for a one-month period since KCGF began in 2017.  Since its establishment, KCGF, with support from USAID, has guaranteed over 7,200 loans totaling 282 million euros.   

July 12, 2021

The Albanian diaspora in Austria has launched the first online supermarket offering Made-in-Kosovo products.  Ekena.at (meaning “We have it” in Albanian) exclusively promotes Kosovo-made foods, drinks, and hygiene products abroad.  The idea originated during a 2019 USAID-sponsored business matchmaking event with the Albanian Diaspora Business Network in Europe.  

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