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Tackling Jobs Constraints in Kosovo

Kamila chocolate production business re-registered in the newly opened Municipal Business Center earlier this year.

Ajla Skeja, an employee at the Kamila chocolate company, says: "it is very important for me to have a job. I am studying for a masters degree so the money I earn working here goes towards my education."

To make it easier to do business and spur investment and job creation, Kosovo cut red tape and opened 26 municipal business registration centers with customer-oriented staff.

Prizren is Kosovo’s second biggest municipality; its business registration center has registered 1050 new businesses since opening 15 months ago.

To make it easier to match employers with job seekers, the government has digitized its paper-based registry of unemployed people.

Public employment officials can easily find active job seekers in the new electronic system.

With World Bank support. Kosovo is improving the quality and relevance of its education to give job seekers marketable skills.

A public works program generates temporary employment for social assistance beneficiaries and those who’ve been unemployed for years, or longer.

The public works program finances around 120 municipal projects like this one that is cleaning up the polluted river in Petrovë.

Grant funding for the program was also provided by the European Union, the United States, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Signing of the Sustainable Employment Development Policy Operation (part 2) in Pristina, May 2012.

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Tackling Jobs Constraints in Kosovo