Prishtina, 25 October 2021
“Through this strategy we aim to ensure that we employ a transforming governance in such a way as to improve the quality of life for citizens, increase income for workers, raise welfare and protect the environment for future generations”, said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, at the opening of the meeting on the National Development Strategy 2030.
He stressed that the citizen seeking work and justice, i.e., rights and well-being, and our institutions seeking development and sustainability, i.e., democratization, are at the heart of the strategy.
In this meeting, the Prime Minister emphasized the goals and objectives of the government, summarized in work and justice. He mentioned the work done over these months of governance to translate them into concrete and feasible plans.
“Economic development must be accompanied by an increase in living standards, improved public and health services, improved environment by preserving and restoring nature, and sustainable solutions for the use of energy, water and other resources,” he stated.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the National Development Strategy 2030 will be the main long-term guiding document for governance. Therefore, agreement is needed on a broader framework, the strategic planning and management framework, enabling administration of public policies and services that will lead to the realization of the governing vision.
This meeting was organized by the Office for Strategic Planning within the Office of the Prime Minister and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Government, in order to determine plans for the advancement of development projects.
The full speech of Prime Minister Kurti at the meeting on the National Development Strategy 2030:
Honourable Ambassador of Germany to Kosovo, Mr. Rohde,
Honourable Deputy Ambassador of the Office of the European Union in Kosovo, Mrs. Platon,
Honourable ambassadors, ministers, civil servants,
It is my pleasure to open this meeting today for the National Development Strategy 2030, which we have titled “Path to Sustainable Development”.
Let me first congratulate the Office for Strategic Planning for the work and organization, the German Agency for International Cooperation – GIZ, for the support provided to this organization and all our partners for the assistance provided for achieving our goals for a sustainable and long-term development.
I believe that many of you already know the goals and objectives of our government summarized in work and justice. You have heard them in our election campaign and read them in our government program. In these months of our government, we have worked hard to translate them into concrete and feasible plans. Good planning brings the future into the present and we start working towards its realization. Planning comes from the top; building comes from the bottom and the vision is shared.
Through this strategy we aim to ensure that we employ a transforming governance in such a way as to improve the quality of life for citizens, increase income for workers, raise welfare and protect the environment for future generations. Elections indeed produce a four-year mandate, but our vision and planning must be long-term and beyond the election cycles; therefore, it is more than necessary to have the broadest and most comprehensive discussion with the social strata of our country, with all the stakeholders that will be part of this transformation, including our development partners. To this end, we have started work on a strategic document that spans over the entire decade, namely the National Development Strategy 2030.
The citizen seeking work and justice, i.e., rights and well-being, and our institutions seeking development and sustainability, i.e., democratization, are at the heart of the strategy.
The citizens for whom we are committed that we need justice and investment reforms that create new jobs and a decent salary for all, are at the heart of the strategy. Attracting these investments requires fighting monopolies and unfair competition, but also requires the support of local producers in order to prepare for a regional and European competition.
At the same time, we must create an attractive workforce with skills and knowledge required in the labour market. Education reforms should be such as to enable talent and knowledge to evolve together and to prepare young people for jobs that are in this decade and those that will come in the next decade.
The current gap created between the graduates from our schools and universities should be narrowed through additional training and education, so that our employees are better prepared for the workplace. School and university diplomas with the workplace should be as close as possible, both in time and space.
The National Development Strategy 2030 will be the main long-term guiding document for our governance. To this end, it is imperative that every ministry, every government institution, every public official knows what their role and contribution is. Therefore, we need to agree on a broader framework, the strategic planning and management framework, which supports the administration of public policies and services that will lead us to the realization of the governing vision. The National Development Strategy, in addition to the strategy that leads us towards development, will also be a result-oriented policy reform tool for policy-making.
Social transformation is not possible without careful and proper planning. The character of planning shows the character of governance: in the past we have had fragmented, unconsolidated and sometimes even contradictory planning. Those that have been declared governing priorities are often neither budgeted nor funded. This will not be the case with our government.
Moreover, today we have the chance to further stimulate successful planning by financing our priorities through external funds. The European Union has committed 14 billion euros in grants under the Instrument for Pre-Accession to countries in the region, including Kosovo, which will be accompanied by billions more in the form of loans and will be combined with funds from other external partners.
Governance performance and good strategic planning will be the main conditions to benefit from these funds, for which we will compete strongly with other countries.
I want to emphasize that our goal is to have sustainable development. Only economic growth is not enough. Economic development must be accompanied by an increase in living standards, improved public and health services, improved environment by preserving and restoring nature, and sustainable solutions for the use of energy, water and other resources. Only sustainable development deserves to be called development. Only long-term sustainable development that is not exclusive of anyone, i.e., that is inclusive, that has democracy within deserves to be called development. Otherwise, disguises discrimination, disguises oppression and exploitation, disguises various exclusions.
The National Development Strategy is designed for this purpose: to show us the path to sustainable development.
There is a thesis that says strategy is the deployment of forces. So, if tactics occurs in time, strategy occurs in space. We need to organize this deployment of forces as a path that leads us to sustainable development.
Thank you all for participating today and I invite you to discuss openly all the important topics that we have ahead today for this strategy, which is crucial for our governance and state.