Kosovo overview

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In Kosovo we focus on:

Supporting competitive development of the private sector: The EBRD will provide financing to Kosovo corporates and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support investment in competitiveness gains. Improving access to finance for SMEs will remain a priority, and the Bank will continue to work with local partner banks to this end. The Bank will continue deploying targeted frameworks, such as the Women in Business programme and the Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Financing Facility, and will also provide business advisory services.

Enhancing energy security and sustainability: The Bank will seek to apply its Green Economy Transition approach to all investments in the country. Energy efficiency and renewable energy can help mitigate power shortfalls, which are currently endemic, while enhancing environmental sustainability. The Bank will also consider supporting investments in power generation capacity where these are consistent with its Energy Sector Strategy.

Supporting connectivity and regional integration: Infrastructure development is needed to improve Kosovo’s regional integration and attract foreign direct investment, as well as to harmonise with EU standards. To that end, Kosovo needs to develop road links to pan-European corridors and modernise its railway network. The EBRD will aim to provide long-term finance and advisory to help build and rehabilitate key transport links, as well as support Kosovo in bringing its transport sector into compliance with European standards.

The EBRD’s latest Kosovo strategy was adopted on 4 October 2016.

Kosovo's policy response to the coronavirus crisis

The EBRD is monitoring Kosovo's policy response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our biweekly publication identifies the major channels of disruption as well as selected impact and response indicators.

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EBRD forecast for Kosovo real GDP Growth in 2020 -5.0%

EBRD forecast for Kosovo real GDP Growth in 2021 7.5%

Relatively strong economic growth in Kosovo continued in 2019, with GDP expanding by 4.2 per cent, up from 3.8 per cent in 2018. Growth was driven by domestic demand, with investment and private consumption  contributing equally. However, Kosovo has the highest unemployment rate in the region, with one in four working-age persons and one in two young persons unemployed.
The effects of the measures aimed at containing the pandemic, and a likely decline in remittances in particular, are expected to result in a decline in GDP of 5.0 per cent in 2020, with a rebound of 7.5 per cent in 2021.

Kosovo in the EBRD’s 2019-20 Transition Report


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