ECIKS Event: Kosovo – Future through Economy

The ECIKS event “Kosovo – Future through Economy” has gathered a large number of companies, institutions and interested people on 28 June in Vienna. Over 150 participants listened and had the chance to discuss the presentation of the Kosovar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Ms. Mimoza KUSARI-LILA. She insisted that the Kosovar Government has a clear vision for the economic development of the country and that it is pursuing its very ambitious but yet viable plan to make Kosovo much more attractive for investments and doing business. Concretely, she said that by 2014 Kosovo aims to be a top reformer and among Top 40 countries in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report.

The event, held in Vienna’s Chamber of Commerce, was jointly organized by ECIKS, the Kosovar Embassy in Vienna, IDM and was supported by ADA and Zukunftsforum. The event opened with remarks of the Kosovar Ambassador in Vienna, Mr. Sabri Kiqmari and ended with a prominent discussion panel including the Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor Mr. Erhard Busek, the Member of the European Parliament Ms. Ulrike Lunacek, the President of ECIKS Mr. Kujtim Dobruna, the CEO of Austrian Development Agency Ms. Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer and a Representative of the Austrian Ministry of Economy Mr. Franz Wessig.

The panel concluded that Kosovars are ready and eager to move forward in the development path while the economy remains the most important element of this path. The panelists agreed that politics plays a very important role in this and called the European Union to support the economic development of Kosovo by creating conditions for a free movement of people and goods, including visa liberalization, favorable trade regime for Kosovar products and leaving behind the differences of EU member states about the status of Kosovo.

The event closed with a Q&A session including the public and a reception by the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Vienna.