22.06.2022

Prime Minister Kurti: We want and must further deepen the excellent relations with Germany

 

Prishtina, 22 June 2022

“Our bilateral relations are driven not only by economic interests, but also by unwavering cultural ties and family histories,” said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, at the “Summer Night of German Development Cooperation”.
German Cooperation for Development not only represents the interests of the German government in Kosovo, but also the desire of over 400 thousand members of the diaspora in Germany to see Kosovo as an integral part of the European community, added the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Kurti stressed that we have achieved a lot as a society thanks to our German partners and there is much to be expected for development and cooperation.
Stressing the positive economic indicators, the Prime Minister said that we are seeing more and more people paying their taxes and contributing to a stronger, fairer and more equal society.

“We will continue to govern tirelessly and transparently – making your efforts and work more sustainable and effective,” he said.

Less than two weeks ago we had a historic visit of German Chancellor Scholz here in Pristina. “Apart from important regional topics, we also stressed our excellent bilateral relations and how we want and need to deepen them further with joint projects,” said the Prime Minister. Projects that are sustainable and where the people of Kosovo are the real ultimate beneficiary, he added.

“Germany and Kosovo share the same goals and ideals for a free, prosperous and peaceful Europe and we are happy to have partners like GIZ and KfW to help us achieve these goals,” said the Prime Minister.

This evening was organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Development Bank.

The full speech of Prime Minister Kurti:

Honourable German Ambassador, Mr. Rohde
Honourable Head of Development Cooperation, Ms. Baumann
Honourable Head of GIZ Office, Mr. Oberhuber
KfW Chief of Staff, Mr. Eschemann,
Dear Excellency,
Mayor of Rama,
Government Ministers,
Deputies,
Partners and friends,

It is a pleasure to be here with you tonight at the first annual event of the Development Cooperation of Germany and Kosovo. There is really a lot to celebrate, we have achieved a lot as a society thanks to our German partners and there is a lot to look forward to development and cooperation.
Less than two weeks ago we had a historic visit of German Chancellor Scholz here in Pristina. And in addition to important regional topics, we also highlighted our excellent bilateral relations and how we want and need to deepen them further with joint projects. Projects that are sustainable and where the people of Kosovo are the real ultimate beneficiary.

This year has been very good in terms of all our economic indicators: there was double-digit growth, we are stimulating people to spend but also to invest – we are also seeing more and more people paying their taxes and contributing to a stronger, fairer and more equal. We will continue to govern tirelessly and transparently – making your efforts and work more sustainable and effective.

Our bilateral relations are driven not only by economic interest, but also by unwavering cultural ties and family histories. The German Development Cooperation not only represents the interests of the German government in Kosovo, but also the desire of over 400 thousand members of the diaspora in Germany to see Kosovo as an integral part of the European community. Maybe we share the labour force of the people of Kosovo together and equally with Germany.

Let me repeat:

Germany and Kosovo share the same goals and ideals for a free, prosperous and peaceful Europe and we are happy to have partners like GIZ and KfW to help us achieve these goals. There are dozens of other NGOs from Germany – also privately – co-funded such as Diakonie, Help or Education Unlimited doing many projects – which often go unnoticed but have a major impact on the people of Kosovo. We know them, we are grateful to them and we thank them all.

In recent weeks and months, we have inaugurated many important projects, which Ambassador Rohde mentioned – the most important is the supply of clean energy and clean water to our citizens. The close cooperation within the Innovation and Training Park in Prizren is dear to me as it brings the ICT sector to Prizren and supports technology-driven innovation there, while also providing people with much needed training. Training our young people – an incomparable youth in terms of sustainability and creativity and who are an important pillar of all our government work.

Thank you all for the support of our country and for tonight’s celebration of our friendship and bilateral cooperation.

To Mr. Eschmann and Mr. Voss – I wish you all the best in your future endeavours and thank you for being true friends of Kosovo and its people.
Throughout Kosovo we can see how we learned from Germany to work harder and better, and here tonight we can see how the Germans learned from us to celebrate better.

Thank you so much!