Support to the National Council for Economy and Investment, Kosovo

Location:

Kosovo

TCRS Number:

10048

Business sector:

Other

Notice type:

Public

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

09 Jun 2021

Project Description

Rationale

The National Council for Economy and Investment (NCEI) in Kosovo is one of 11 Investment Councils currently supported by EBRD as part of the Bank’s Investment Climate and Governance Initiative (ICGI). These Councils play a key role in efforts to improve the business environment by providing a platform for public-private dialogue (PPD) between senior government figures and representatives of the private sector.

The National Council for Economy and Investment was established by Kosovo’s Government in 2015, initially as the National Council for Economic Development (NCED), as a platform for dialogue and consultation between the most important representatives of the private sector and the relevant government ministries and state agencies.

In 2018, the Kosovo Government requested EBRD’s support to enhance functioning of the NCED and improve its dynamics and efficiency to address issues of economic development and investment climate properly and in a timely manner. Since 2019, the EBRD supports a full time, independent, professional Secretariat that underpins and organises the work of the Council, with an appropriate composition of expertise and capacity to coordinate the dialogue, perform analyses in a professional manner, and come up with structured findings and recommendations.

The Government has shown commitment to channel through the NCEI the consultation with the private sector for important decision-making related to the investment climate. In addition, the business community in Kosovo has been vocal in expressing trust in the reorganised platform of dialogue offered by NCEI and especially on the value added by the technical, independent Secretariat, that impartially collect and analyses further their concerns, which are often not properly articulated by chambers of commerce and business associations. The NCEI has been playing an important role in supporting businesses and the Government in responding to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, through a number of activities and consultation in designing measures for economic recovery.

As a platform for institutionalised and transparent dialogue between the public and private sector, the NCEI is expected to continue playing an important role in helping build consensus between businesses and the government on investment climate reform priorities and reassuring investors that there is an effective forum in which systemic business concerns can be tabled openly and directly with the authorities.

TC Services

The overall objective of the project is to improve the business environment in the country by strengthening constructive public-private dialogue on economic development and investment climate, through continuing funding the Secretariat to the National Council for Economy and Investment, for 3.5 more years. The main objectives of the Secretariat will include, inter alia, the following:

• Identify key impediments to economic development and doing business for local and foreign enterprises, and prioritise their consideration and addressing by the NCEI;
• Identify best means and instruments to address these impediments through wider consultations and working groups with public and private sector representatives;
• Review concerns raised by the private sectors and provide analysis to the NCEI members and to working groups, and provide grounded and concrete recommendations for improvement;
• Present conclusions and recommendations based on the above analytical work in meetings of NCEI and its working groups, to relevant government bodies, private sector representatives, international organisations, and the Bank;
• Monitor the implementation of the above recommendations, explore reasons for non-implementation, and regularly report to the Bank, government and private sector. Identify potential follow up interventions for systemic changes to the investment climate in the country;
• Provide periodical reporting to the Bank and other stakeholders as required, on achievements of the goals set forth for the NCEI.

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

For business opportunities with EBRD (not related to procurement) contact:

Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

For state-sector projects, visit EBRD Procurement:

Tel: +44 20 7338 6794
Email: procurement@ebrd.com

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168
Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

Share this page: