Prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci says that the project for the development of the tourist resort of Brezovica is a major and important project for the economy of the country, which will create 4 thousand new jobs. On the other hand, US ambassador to Pristina, Tracy Ann Jacobson said that the Project must be transparent and Kosovo’s institutions must not waste this opportunity in order to develop the country. Meanwhile, experts of economic affairs say that Kosovo is delayed in this process by not exploiting the potentials and opportunities that Brezovica offers. Nevertheless, they say that the process can also bring many positive things, but it must be transparent.
Pristina, March 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
7 companies are expected to compete for the development of the new tourist resort of Brezovica. American-Austrian consortium “ATC Investments”, Bulgarian-Austrian consortium “Rilla Investments”, French Andorrian Consortium, “MDP Consultant” and the Serb Consortium “MK Group”, are the 7 companies that will compete, said the minister of Commerce and Industry, Bernard Nikaj.
Company representatives have participated in the two day meeting that has started in Pristina.
Prime minister Hashim Thaci declared that the government will fulfill all its obligations in order for the project to be successful. He said that this 200 million Euro investment is expected to create 4 thousand new jobs.
On the other hand, US ambassador, Tracy Ann Jacobson said that the project must be transparent and institutions of Kosovo must not waste this chance, as it will help the development of the country.
This is one of the biggest project realized in cooperation with the government of Kosovo and commune of Shterpce. It offers opportunities for tourism throughout the entire year. As a commune, we have supported this project which is very important for our commune, declared the mayor of Shterpce, Bratislav Nikolic.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry: The project has a national importance
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Bernard Nikaj said during a news conference that the Brezovica project is a priority project for the government of Kosovo and that it will help for an economic sustainable development.
He expressed his conviction that in a period of 4 months, prequalified investors will come up with their plans and the best investor for the realization of the project will win.
According to him, this will be followed with other contractual procedures.
“We are surprised by the interest of these consortiums and their presence in the conference. Consortiums are always led by a company equipped with a powerful experience in developing such tourist resorts”, said he.
Economy experts: Kosovo is delayed in this process
Economy experts say that Kosovo is delayed in this process by not exploiting the potentials and opportunities that Brezovica has to offer. Nevertheless, they say that this process can bring many positive things, but it has to be transparent.
“We must be transparent and admit that the project has seen great difficulties. We’re delayed in the process of the exploitation of great opportunities that Brezovica offers, but from now on, there must be a more substantial approach when we talk about this tourist destination. I say this based on the fact that the project of Brezovica must not only be seen in the economic aspect, because it also has a social and cross ethnic impact”, declared Safet Gerxhaliu, head of the Economic Chamber of Kosovo.
Arian Zeka from the American Chamber of Commerce says that the project has been advancing well and it seems promising based on the prequalifying companies, as according to him, these companies have an experience in the management of tourist resorts.
“This entire process has a big dynamic. Now we also have the legal basis and we must move on faster in order to select the winning company and start as soon as possible to exploit this important tourist potential which is important in attracting tourists and in improving the importance of Kosovo throughout the world”, declared Zeka.
Brezovica is a winter and summer tourist resort in the Mountains of Sharra. The ski paths are located 12 km from the village of Sharra in the commune of Shterpce. With the opportunities that it offers for ski passionate, this resort is the most visited one in Kosovo during the winter. /ibna/