According to Shpend Ahmeti, director of Kosovo's Institute for Advanced Studies, imports are running at about ˆ1.3 billion ($1.9 billion) a year but exports at a microscopic ˆ90m-130m.
Every year between 25,000 and 30,000 young people enter the labour market, most of them unskilled.Business taxes are much higher than elsewhere in the region; interest rates are prohibitive.Like the rest of the Balkans, Kosovo
has a reputation (now somewhat outdated) of being plagued by organised crime-a symptom of a weak state.On the bright side, says Mr Ahmeti
is rich in all sorts of minerals which have been mined for centuries.
also needs to attract foreign investment, and the best way to do that, as Mr Ahmeti
says, is to stay out of the news for a bit.