President Jahjaga received a delegation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, led by Mr. Kamran Khan

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, received today a senior delegation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by its Vice President, Mr. Kamran Khan .

At a statement released after the meeting with the Millennium Challenge Corporation delegation, President Jahjaga said:

Today we are opening a new chapter in relations between Kosovo and Millennium Challenge Corporation American Agency, as another example of deep friendship between our two states and of the support for development and advancement which Kosovo enjoys from United States of America.

I have the honour to wish a warm welcome to Kosovo today to Mr. Kamran Khan, MCC Vice President, and to the high delegation of officials of this agency.

Today’s visit of the MCC delegation comes after the decision of the Board of this agency in December of last year to select Kosovo for the development of the Compact help programme, a wide scope programme, which will concentrate in the reform of the selected sectors, benefiting in creation of new working places, improvement of the quality of life and lowering of poverty in our country.

Kosovo’s qualification for MCC funds was made possible, alongside Kosovo’s advancement in overall reforms, good governance and rule of law, also through continuous endeavours of my Office, in coordination with many ministries and UN Agencies present in Kosovo, to collect and report for the first time, a large number of indicators which serve as measuring tools for country’s advancement by this agency.

Continuation of this financial help in the coming years will depend exclusively on the progress which we make as a country, especi8ally in fighting of corruption.

With Mr. Khan we discussed the development of programme and sectors which are a priority to us, in order to fulfil our developmental ambitions and to induce the realization of Kosovo’s economic potential.

Kosovo’s institutions have by now started preparations for this process and in a wide scale consultation with the business community and civil society, we will compile a clear plan of priorities.

Of course, the list of Kosovo’s priorities is a long one, but we must give priority to sectors which will bring long term results and which will improve the quality of life of our citizens.

Commencement of this programme is an exceptional opportunity to engage together for economic freedom, investment in citizens, good governance and in fighting of corruption.

Thank you for your visit Mr. Khan and for the beginning of a partnership which will no doubt be a fruitful one/ I am exceptionally happy for the opportunities which we will create and offer together to Kosovo’s economic development.

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