Pristina, November 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
A delegation of the Kosovo Business Alliance (KBA), led by its chairman, Agim Shahini, is staying for an official visit to Slovenia, in order to promote the economic values of Kosovo.
This visit is being held in the framework of the traditional project “Weeks of Kosovo Business”, which this year is also taking place in different European countries and elsewhere.
In the convention of alternative energy for Western Balkan, the head of KBA, Agim Shahini,has revealed in front of the representatives of twelve different EU countries, the package relating to investment opportunities in this sector and other sectors in Kosovo.
With the slogan “Kosovo, a golden country for investments”, Shahini has presented the economic potential and legislation that Kosovo offers for business.
“The World Bank report was an argument which shows that Kosovo has improved as far as doing business is concerned by eleven positions compared to a year ago and this shows the environment, reforms and progress made by Kosovo”, said Shahini.
Shahini has invited investors not only from these countries, but also from other countries too to visit Kosovo and to closely be acquainted with the potentials that it offers, especially in the sector of production and services.
Shahini has also mentioned the difficulties with free movement that Kosovo citizens encounter due to the visa regime. “Kosovo has unjustly remained the only country in the region which doesn’t enjoy the same right as other citizens”, said he, demanding for businesses to influence on the institutions of their countries, in order for this process to be finalized as soon as possible in favor of removing the visa regime for the citizens of Kosovo.
Present in this meeting are also representatives from Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Croatia, Serbia, Estonia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Bosnia and Poland. The participants expressed their interest about the political situation, the non functioning of institutions after the elections and their impact in the economic development, but also on the tax policies that Kosovo offers. According to Shahini, political gridlocks are also present in the most democratic EU countries and that this doesn’t prevent the incentives of the private sector, especially those investors who have concrete investment projects.
Meanwhile, Tomazh Smrkolj, the host of the meeting, said that he has studied for a long time the tax policies offered in the Western Balkan countries, but according to him, Kosovo policies have impressed him the most. /ibna/