Kosovo has witnessed significant economic growth and development over the last decade. We have shown progress in almost all development indicators. Nevertheless, much more can and needs to be done to accelerate growth and ensure that Kosovo catches-up with developed countries.
The NDS came about from the realization that Kosovo’s development challenges are best addressed through a more strategic approach to policy-making – namely, by developing a centraland time-bound framework from which all government policies and programs would derive. Therefore, with the support of the European Union Liaison Office to Kosovo, the Strategic Planning Office at the Office of the Prime Minister embarked on the process of developing the PLAN.
The first step in the process was to undertake several studies of Kosovo’s most critical constraints for economic growth. The Government institutions did this during 2014. Following from these studies, the Strategic Planning Office, consulting with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, internal and external, developed a series of Policy Notes.
Each Policy Note addresses a specific area where significant constraints to our economic growth exist. Examples include insufficient access to finance, lack of skilled labor force and persistent corruption. The Policy Notes are presented on this website and will be discussed in the PLAN’s consultation process. They do not represent the PLAN in its final version. Instead, they are meant to stimulate discussion both within the Government and with outside stakeholders on what the PLAN’sfinal priorities shall be.
The Policy Notes and other proposals from all stakeholders will be discussed in the working groups established by the Prime Minister following Government’s Decision No.01/32 from 3rd of June 2015. The Strategic Planning Office will invite all relevant stakeholders to attend the meetings of those Working Groups.
Additionally, contributions through email and bilateral meetings will be encouraged. It can be expected that potential priorities of the PLAN will be discussed and selected throughout the summer until October 2015. Based on the final selection of the “priorities of priorities”, the SPO will prepare the final draft the National Development Strategy to be approved by the Government and presented in the National Assembly.
The main focus of the process behind the PLAN is on selecting “priorities of priorities”. It is PLAN’s implementation that will matter the most and set this document to be different from others. Therefore the priorities of the PLAN will be fed into the Economic Reform Programme, which is the tool for dialogue on economic development flagship initiatives between Kosovo and the European Union.
This will be done in December 2015 to January 2015. Besides, actions to implement the PLAN will be already included in the Government’s Annual Work Plan for 2016. Where possible, PLAN’s measures will be included also in 2016 budget. Where not, financing will be provided in following budgets and support from Kosovo’s Development Partners and International Financial Institutions will be sought.