Kosovo is a parliamentary republic and a potential candidate for EU membership. It declared independence on February 17, 2008 and signed the Stabilization Association Agreement (SAA) in October 2015.
Kosovo's economy has shown progress in transitioning to a market-based system and maintaining macroeconomic stability, but it is still highly dependent on the international community and the diaspora for financial and technical assistance. Remittances from the diaspora - located mainly in Germany, Switzerland, and the Nordic countries - are estimated to account for about 17% of GDP and international donor assistance accounts for approximately 10% of GDP. With international assistance, Kosovo has been able to privatize a majority of its state-owned enterprises. However, while the rate of economic growth in the recent years has been considerable and satisfactory despite the world economic crisis – averaging 3.3% annualy since 2009 – subsequently resulting in lowering the overall poverty levels, they nonetheless could be even higher. Under the SAA, Kosovo — which gets approximately 58% of government revenue from tariffs on imports — is required to phase out tariffs on EU goods over the next seven years. Kosovo represent a good investment destination, especially in the sectors of information technology and communications, food processing and packaging, mining and metal processing, energy, textile, leather and wood processing
EU-facilitated normalization process with Serbia is on-going, which led to implementation of a number of agreements including the one on freedom of movement, telecommunications and energy distribution. The normalization process with Serbia should lead to signing of the legally binding agreement between the two sides that will fully regulate their relations. Kosovo is a member of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Council of Europe Development Bank.
The business environment in the Republic of Kosovo is becoming one of the most competitive in the region. An excellent tax system, abundance of natural resources, quick and easy business registration methods, a transparent law on foreign investments, Law on strategic investments, are just a few advantages making this country an attractive and friendly environment for foreign investors.
The Republic of Kosovo is distinguished as the country with the greatest opportunities for investment in the Balkans, hence a strong reason appealing at international investors as a primary place for their investments.
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|Ease of doing business||RANK 40|
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“Governments of the region should learn from Kosovo example to further improve competitiveness of the region.”
“We see region bound to EU only.”