PRISHTINA, 8 June 2011 At todays meeting of the Committee on Economic Development, Trade, Industry, Energy, Transport and Telecommunications of the Assembly of Kosovo, the Minister of Economic Development (MED), Besim Beqaj, spoke on the performance to date and the measures taken by the ministry towards the countrys economic development.
Reporting on the work of MED, Minister Beqaj underlined the achievements in the completion of the legal framework, the compilation of the document on economic development priorities, monitoring of public enterprises and accomplishment of capital projects.
In relation to the Economic Development Plan, the Minister emphasized the role that MED played on its drafting. The Economic Development Plan is undergoing final editing and will also include project timelines, said Beqaj.
Speaking on the development of the legal infrastructure, Minister Beqaj informed the members that the Law on Energy Efficiency is forwarded to the Assembly and has passed first reading, the Law on Publicly Owned Enterprises is being amended, while the Law on KAP, Law on Reorganization and Liquidation of Enterprises, Law on the Special Chamber of the Supreme Court, Law on partial transformation of Trepca and a number of Administrative Instructions are under compilation.
Referring to the sphere of telecommunications, the Minister said that MED is concentrated on the implementation of the Law on Information Society Services and on the privatization of the Kosovo Post and Telecommunications.
He also informed on the prequalification of two enterprises for the privatization of PTK. In total five companies were competing and two that met the prerequisites were prequalified (Deutche Telecom and Austria Telecom).
Referring to the prequalified enterprises, Minister Beqaj said that these two enterprises have a good image and are well present around the world with over 160 million clients. On this occasion, he reminded the audience that PTK privatization is conducted in accordance with the decision of the Assembly of Kosovo.
Further, Minister Beqaj said that it was the ministrys intent to develop a transparent, open and competitive process that will protect the interests of all employees, in conformity with the applicable laws.
Minister Beqaj emphasized the significance of the privatization of the energy distribution and supply functions. He also spoke on the Kosova e Re Thermal Power Plant. In this regard, he noted that the project has been declared advanced and will be implemented in cooperation with the World Bank (WB).
Minister Beqaj also spoke on renewable energy, and the related regional and international obligations.
The Minister also responded to questions by the members of the Committee.