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Prishtinë, 01.11.2016 – Today heads of the Ministry of Economic Development and the World Bank took part in the certificate award ceremony for 99 participants who successfully accomplished the training within the WOW Pilot Project (Women in Online Business).

This ceremony was attended by Minister of Economic Development, Blerand Stavileci, Deputy Minister Besa Zogaj, representative of the World Bank, Lundim Aliu, officials from the Department of Post-Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology of the MED and the CodersTrust Company.

In this occasion the Minister Blerand Stavileci, highly assessed the WOW Pilot Project by emphasising that this is one of the best initiatives in this sector, which aims at employing women in ICT, which is in line with the goal in this priority field.

“Observing how other countries and societies are developing, we thought that apart from big things, we should do some projects that may be implemented in different municipalities of our country, so that they can be direct beneficiaries. In the concrete case, you that went through this project know that its implementation enabled a good part of you to gain experience and have employment opportunities”, said Stavileci.

He thanked the World Bank for its support in this project and their support for the future which will continue within the scope of joint projects in the field of ICT.

Deputy Minister Besa Zogaj Gashi emphasised that the project data are very encouraging and that they give us strength to think about supporting such projects in all Kosovo Municipalities.

“This Project shows that our girls can serve as a model. Out of a total of 100 beneficiaries, 57 already found online jobs, which were contracted for work in different countries. There are cases where they managed to take up to eight online work contracts” she said.

Whereas the World Bank representative, Lundrim Ali, by emphasising the support of his institution, congratulated the MED for its constant support to increase the employment level considering the high level of unemployment in the country. He assessed that the efforts to increase employment of women in Kosovo is very important.

Otherwise, out of first 99 certified attendees of the WOW Pilot Project, 51 girls are from Lipjan Municipality and 48 from Gjakova Municipality. Apart from Prishtina this Project will soon be extended to other municipalities as well.