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Prishtina, 12.11.2014-Cooperation between Kosovo and Germany over the past 15 years has proved productive – this was the assessment of the meeting of the Minister of Economic Development, Fadil Ismajli, with the President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts, also adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel, Otto Kentzler and President of Dortmund Chamber of Skilled Crafts, Wilhelm Hicking, and the Head of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, Safet Gërxhaliu.

Both parties highlighted the will to continue building bridges to further strengthen economic cooperation, and the directors of the aforementioned German Chambers of Commerce underscored the fact that the support and professional commitment was mutual resulting with concrete projects implemented.

Minister Ismajli thanked the Federal Republic of Germany for its role and significance in the developments in Kosovo, citing its support to specific projects, such as the 400 kV transmission lines between Kosovo and Albania, financed by KfW, and other development projects, and added that cooperation with Germany will be further advanced.

Minister also emphasized the need for the country to invest in areas such as energy, agriculture and tourism, with a particular importance on concrete projects in the development of RES and improving energy efficiency.

According to the Minister Ismajli, the main focus should be investing in human resources, based on vocational trainings in Kosovo as well as in Germany, thus creating a skilled human capacity, and exchanging experiences and professional know-how.

Minister Ismajli then participated in the ceremony of signing the Memorandum of Cooperation for the second phase of the Academy of Entrepreneurship between KCC and Chambers of Skilled Crafts in Germany, signed by the respective heads, Gërxhaliu the Kentzler.

President Otto Kentzler said, after signing the Memorandum that they are interested to ensure vocational capacity building with relevant qualifications, developed together with the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, as a way to familiarize with the skilled craft and other professions towards a European future.

Minister Ismajli, on his part, commended KCC for their work, considering it a strong message highlighting that Kosovo is very open to new ideas and has much to offer, which in the economic jargon is called comparative advantage, but which in fact means human resources; young population with a high energy and a good level of education.

The President of KCC, Safet Gërxhaliu, promised that the institution he runs will be further active in the future to jointly implement goals for education and economic development and advance the partnership between the business communities in Germanu and Kosovo. According to him, Kosovo’s journey to Brussels in economic terms must necessarily pass through Berlin.

Under the Academy of Entrepreneurship Project, 25 young Kosovars are currently in the qualification process in Dortmund, a project which is expected to move to the second phase.