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Kosovo : Operational Procurement Review

2004-06, World Bank

This Operational Procurement Report (OPR) provides an assessment of the public-sector procurement system in Kosovo, including that on the legislative framework, the responsibilities and capacity of the institutions entrusted with regulatory and review powers, the efficacy of current procurement practices, and on the environment. The report makes recommendations to bring about legislative, institutional and procedural improvements in the conduct of public procurement, and to bolster the capacity of public-sector institutions to conduct procurement. The report also examines the performance of procurement in projects financed by the Bank, assesses the fiduciary risk to Bank funds from procurement operations in Kosovo, and makes recommendations for the design of procurement arrangements on new Bank-financed projects, and for future supervision of procurement to mitigate that risk. Among the various report recommendations, outlined are the enactment of a transitional legal instrument and completion of the legislative framework for public procurement. Furthermore, greater transparency and accountability of public officials conducting procurement transactions should be ensured, while technical capacity for public procurement should be built within the public sector. Most importantly, over the medium term, the new Law on Public Procurement should be amended.

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Kosovo : Economic Memorandum

2004-05-18, World Bank

Prospects for economic growth depend upon the success of two overarching factors (1) mitigating risks related to political uncertainty and the maintenance of peace and security in the region; and (2) implementation of a policy program that promotes private sector- led growth, including completion of the reconstruction effort. Such a package of reforms might include the following measures: Within a sound fiscal position proceed with prioritized capital projects to complete the rehabilitation of infrastructure, but resist unsustainable spending on recurrent expenses such as the public sector wage bill. Pursue improved trade relations within the region. Maintain a uniform tariff rate and reduce the rate across the board. Consider a compensating revenue effort to raise taxes from the value-added tax, including through improved administration. Proceed with privatization of socially-owned enterprises and restructuring of publicly owned enterprises, including privatization of land-use rights of public enterprises (SOEs) slated for liquidation. Strengthen the capacity of the municipal courts to implement and enforce creditors rights and contracts. Rehabilitate the power sector, including lignite mines, and pursue a strategy for integrating with the regional power grid. Develop a strategy for the revitalization of the rest of the mining sector. Address overstaffing issues in private enterprises and SOEs, address transitional unemployment issues and facilitate redeployment to alternative productive activities. Keep the labor market relatively unencumbered by payroll taxes. Facilitate employment search. by linking information systems to enterprise surveys and the provision of vocational training. and then looking at the particulars of several sectors. Chapter 2 looks at macroeconomic stability, and considers the prospects for improving economic growth in Kosovo. Chapter 3 discusses a conducive business Climate. Chapter 4 examines the prospects for export-led growth in the power, mining and agriculture sectors. These are three sectors in which Kosovo could have a comparative advantage, as it is relatively well endowed with (1) lignite, (2) other minerals, and (3) fertile agricultural land; enjoys free trade with the European Union and is geographically located close to Western European markets. Finally, Chapter 5 reviews the labor market outcomes and policies for a liberal labor market and an appropriately skilled labor force.