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The forum started with an opening speech by the Director of the Liberal Institute for Policy Research, Mr. Adri Nurellari, who welcomed the participants to the second conference, briefly explained the objectives of the Liberal Forum to the newcomers, lauded the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for their support, and introduced the key speaker, namely: Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, Director of the GAP Institute Think Tank and a lecturer in American University in Kosovo.
Mr. Shpend Ahmeti
took the floor and started his
presentation on "Global Financial Crisis: Impact in Kosovo.
Students of the World - 2010 Blog: UT + MPower Labs
Shpend Ahmeti, economist and executive director of policy analysis group Gap, shares a similar idea that future generations have the power to create the necessary change for Kosovo to mature from a struggling nation to a thriving one.
"I would say that the biggest asset that Kosovo
has is our youth," he
Brief Q&A with Shpend Ahmeti
Shpend Ahmeti, economics professor, executive director of policy analysis group Gap and owner of a sports bar in Pristina, provided us with an important perspective as an economics expert.
Here are a few choice questions that he
helped us answer during our stay in Kosovo
of the World: What does it mean to be in transition in Kosovo?
: It means that we basically Kosovo wants to have quality of life like everyone else in the region, like everyone else in Europe.
"With the countries that recognise us, ...
"With the countries that recognise us, we are well over 50 per cent," said Shpend Ahmeti, director of the Institute for Advanced Studies (GAP) in Pristina.
Thought", said Shpend ...
Thought", said Shpend Ahmeti, executive director of the Policy Analysis Group, a think tank in Pristina.But officials caution that Kosovo first desperately needs to improve its shoddy infrastructure--battered by its 1998-99 war between Yugoslav forces and ethnic Albanian rebels--if it is to have a decent shot at an economic future for its 2 million people.The government has been reviewing bids for a 3 billion euros ($4 billion) contract to build a lignite coal-fired power plant that officials say would end the electricity outages.But the plant won't be fully operational until 2012 at the earliest.Eight in 10 business owners point to the lack of reliable energy as their biggest obstacle, Ahmeti said--bigger than high taxes or rampant corruption.
According to Shpend Ahmeti, ...
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, Kosovo 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.