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National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2021 launched today

National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2021 launched today

The Government of Kosovo launched today the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2021, a document of major importance which is expected to have significant impact on job creation and improvement of living standards for the people of Kosovo. Addressing the gathered public at the Swiss Diamond Hotel in Prishtina, Prime Minister Isa Mustafa and EU Special Representative Samuel Žbogar praised the adoption of this long-awaited document and the strong commitment shown by the Kosovo institutions.

Funded by the European Union (EU), this is one of the key instruments to have come out of the two-year long technical assistance provided by S&D Consulting to the Strategic Planning Office (SPO) of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) as part of the “Support to Kosovo’s Policy and Strategic Planning” project, initiated in February 2014. The document was prepared under the leading and coordinating role of the SPO of the OPM, which included a consultative process with all relevant state mechanisms and key stakeholders.

We are honored to have been part of this major strategy which sets the “priorities of priorities” for Kosovo’s social and economic development. Specifically, we have supported the Government through the development of policy notes related to the strategy’s four pillars – Human Capital, Rule of Law, Competitiveness and Infrastructure, and 36 priorities corresponding to the areas which will serve as a framework for the orientation of Kosovo’s development policies in the years ahead.

The “PLAN”, as the strategy is called in Albanian, where P stands for Punë (Employment), L stands for Ligj (Law), A stands for Afarizëm (Business), and N for Ndërtim (Construction) will be a roadmap for development of Kosovo’s economy.

February 15, 2016

S&D Consulting assists Ministry of Justice in the preparation of the national strategy on property rights for Kosovo

S&D Consulting assists Ministry of Justice in the preparation of the national strategy on property rights for Kosovo

S&D has been offering its expertise to the USAID-funded Property Rights Program (PRP) implemented by Tetra Tech in Kosovo, in laying the ground for the development of Kosovo’s national strategy on property rights. As part of the project which aims to improve the property rights regime in Kosovo, S&D Consulting has developed five in-depth concept notes each covering a separate pillar identified by the project. During the analysis, S&D Consulting conducted a review of the existing legal framework related to property rights in Kosovo, extensively consulting key relevant stakeholders. In order for our work to yield best results, we ensured a comprehensive and participatory process of developing the concept notes. Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), consisting of key stakeholders, were set up for each pillar. In addition, a consensual decision-making mechanism of the working group level was introduced into the process – the Core Technical Group (CTG) – made up of representatives of all thematic working groups. The concept notes are expected to be sent to be submitted by the implementer to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for final approval.

The overall objective of the project was to move Kosovo’s society toward peace and reconciliation, democracy and the rule of law, and to promote market-based economic development by recognizing, enforcing, protecting and respecting property rights and property-related human rights, consistent with the EU’s acquis communautaire and applicable international human rights standards. The concept notes developed by S&D lay the ground for Kosovo to develop its national strategy on property rights as part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) signed between the European Union and Kosovo in late 2015.

February 10, 2016

S&D Consulting presents findings of the market assessment of the Construction Sector in Kosovo

S&D Consulting presents findings of the market assessment of the Construction Sector in Kosovo

On January 27, in front of key stakeholders of the construction sector, S&D Consulting presented findings of the report related to the construction sector in Kosovo and its potential as an employer of Kosovo’s youth. The “Market assessment of the construction sector: employment prospects for youth” report has found that with a share of 9,5 percent in 2014 the construction sector remained the fourth biggest employer in Kosovo. The report highlighted the need for improved institutional practices which would provide the ground for the sector to grow further in the future.

This study was conducted during the months of April and May 2015, and consisted of focus groups and surveys with relevant stakeholders of the construction sector, including representatives of construction companies, the association, architects, and relevant policy-makers and local institutions. The assessment provides a clear picture of the current situation of the construction sector, its growth potential, as well as challenges which the sector faces. As the report shows, the construction sector will reach its full potential primarily through development of vocational skills and better linkages between skill providers and businesses.

The assessment was prepared by S&D Consulting, commissioned by the Enhancing Youth Employment (EYE) program financed by the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) and implemented by the consortium of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and MDA.

January 27, 2016