Economic Governance Activity

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Legalization at the municipality of Pristina
Legalization at the municipality of Pristina
USAIDKosovo

USAID’s Economic Governance Activity is a five-year initiative to support the Government of Kosovo in implementing significant reforms to improve the efficiency of government operations, strengthen public financial management, and ensure self-reliant and inclusive governance capacities and systems for future reforms.

IMPROVE BUSINESS ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

USAID’s Economic Governance Activity improves the business environment by reducing opportunities for abuse of power and corruption.  The activity helps to reduce informality and increases the transparency and efficiency of interactions both within the public sector and between the public and private sectors.  The Activity strengthens institutional policy development and intergovernmental coordination by helping the Government of Kosovo involve the private sector and civil society in policy reforms.  It further strengthens the transparency, efficiency, accountability, and implementation of the regulatory requirements applied to businesses at national and sub-national levels.

STRENGTHEN PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Through assistance to the Ministry of Finance and other public institutions, and with involvement from civil society and the public, USAID seeks to expand Kosovo’s advances in budgeting and public financial management practices by strengthening the Government of Kosovo’s ability to manage its operations self-sufficiently.  The Activity supports relevant institutions to improve the transparency of tax policy and administration processes, strengthen control systems for more efficient spending of public money, and enhance predictability and private sector engagement in fiscal policy making.  Such improvements improve citizens’ trust and perception of the government, which incentivizes them to pay taxes.

ENHANCE STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION  

The activity integrates strategic communications in policymaking and implementation of reforms to ensure the government’s agenda is transparent, has broad public support, and is well-coordinated with other national and local public institutions.  Open communication between government institutions and the public gives all parties the opportunity to identify and implement reforms that respond to priority issues. The activity engages the private sector, civil society, and citizens in all reform implementation phases to build honest and trusted communication between government institutions and the public.  The Government of Kosovo gains traction and support for implementing significant reforms, maximizes the effects of such reforms, and improves the governance of its public institutions.

EXPECTED RESULTS 

  • Coordination of program for legalization of unpermitted constructions by the central government improved and engagement of private sector and civil society organizations in the legalization process increased;
  • Processes and systems for the legalization of unpermitted constructions in partner municipalities established and resulted in completed legalizations;
  • Capacities for macro-fiscal analysis and budget execution and monitoring at the Ministry of Finance, Labor and Transfers established;
  • Processes and systems for ensuring tax compliance by the Tax Administration of Kosovo improved (including through digitalization) resulting in increased domestic revenue mobilization;
  • Processes and systems for construction permitting at the central and local levels more efficient and transparent;
  • Inspections processes and procedures for market surveillance and construction clearly defined;
  • Collection, management, processing and dissemination of e-commerce statistics by the Kosovo Statistics Agency improved;
  • Public-private engagement and dialogue on economic development issues, including policy-design and implementation, improved;
  • Objective data increasingly used for measuring the effectiveness of regulatory services, leading to improved decision-making and monitoring; and
  • Strategic communications enhanced throughout the policy-reform cycle

 

Partner:                         Chemonics Inc.

Project Duration:      March 26, 2019 – March 25, 2024                                  

Contact:                         Dardane Peja

Last updated: August 25, 2022

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