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‘Put it on Paper' Roundtable with Serbian business community in Gračanica/Graçanica.

‘Put it on Paper' Roundtable with Serbian business community in Gračanica/Graçanica. Photo by: The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program

April 29, 2014, Gračanica/Graçanica - The future of Kosovo’s economy is here around this table. You, who create jobs, and provide goods and services to your fellow citizens, are the reasons USAID invests heavily in ensuring that the business environment and Rule of Law continuously improve- said CLE's chief of party David Greer during the round-table “Put it on Paper” hosted by USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program for the business community of Gračanica/Graçanica.

 Meanwhile, the American Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, H.E. Tracey Ann Jacobson, expressed that “Today’s events that mark USAID's 15th anniversary also marks a beginning:  a beginning of all of us working very closely together towards achieving the goals we all share: greater opportunity, and prosperity for all.”

 During the round table ‘Put it on Paper’, discussions focused on the value of well-negotiated, well-understood, and written contracts to explain, define, and memorialize transactions. Additionally, much time was devoted to explaining available options for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) – both Mediation and Arbitration; and developments in procedures for enforcing court judgments.

 USAID is committed to supporting Rule of Law and Economic Growth for all Kosovo citizens. USAID works in supporting the courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution – or ADR – mechanisms, and further developing the legal infrastructure. But USAID also knows that sometimes information about these changes is slow to arrive. Workshops like this are intended to ensure that you have up to date information to ensure your businesses avoid many of the more easily avoidable common problems with contract practices.

 The Rule of Law is important to economic growth:  without predictable enforcement of law, it is difficult to operate a business.  "But the real engine of growth is always the private sector – and particularly small and medium sized enterprises, or SMEs.  The future of Kosovo’s economy is here around this table" - expressed CLE's chief of party David Greer

 Modern Business Practices can be characterized as deeply rooted in a “culture of contract.” Transforming transactional practices in Kosovo to well-negotiated written contracts is a key component to increasing economic growth and ensuring that Kosovo businesses engage with partners on equal footing. The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program as part of its intensive public education and outreach to the business community holds an ongoing regular series of workshops and roundtables with businesses to improve Kosovo business transactional skills in order to bring them in line with international practice. The business community benefit by participation in interactive small group workshops and gains increased transactional skill; knowledge of ADR; and is informed of improvements to systems for enforcing judgments.

 

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