Pristina, 4 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Tens of thousands foreign and national visitors have participated in the international fair “Pristina 2015”, which exhibited products from 150 businesses from the country, region and the world.
Head of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (OEK), Safet Gerxhaliu says that the number of participants “is a strong proof that Kosovo has companies which are able to produce with the same quality with those in the region and the EU”.
National producers said that they were happy about this activity organized by the Chamber of Commerce and government of Kosovo.
Hajredin Kolgeci, producer of construction materials, says that the fair has helped this company a lot in presenting its products.
“These fairs have enabled us to present our products, which have European and international standards. The scope is to change people’s opinions that products made in Kosovo have no quality. So far, we have only sold in the national market, but we’re hoping that in the near future, we will also be present in international markets.”
Epidam Gjokaj represents a known domestic brand of the collection and production of honey. He demanded from authorities in Kosovo to help him strengthen the private sector in the country.
In this fair, the heads of the state promised that they will encourage domestic and international producers to continue with their investments in Kosovo.
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hikmete Bajrami says that the holding of this fair aims at creating links between businesses and first of all, connect businesses to consumers.
“This fair, which has an international character, offers a good opportunity to demonstrate the achievement of companies in different sectors of production and the promotion of their offers for domestic consumers. It also offers good opportunities for cooperation between domestic business and foreign companies”, she added.
“The holding of this fair is a good indicator for the positive direction of development, coming from private investments”, said president Jahjaga in the meeting with entrepreneurs.
“Kosovo needs more success stories”, she added.
The president encouraged national and foreign entrepreneurs to boost their investments in Kosovo and continue to be the main pillar of economic development, employment and export.
“The support of the institutions of the country will not be lacking”, she said.
PM Isa Mustafa says that many businesses are no longer pessimistic about doing business, but he admits that their main demand is for better tax policies.
“I promised to businesses that we will do everything to stimulate and boost businesses in opening new jobs and in guaranteeing competition. We are not only interested in doing business in Kosovo, but to also compete in the regional and European market”, Mustafa said. /ibna/