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‘Put it on Paper' Roundtable with the business community in Pristina

‘Put it on Paper' Roundtable with the business community in PristinaPhoto by: The USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program

May 28, 2014, Pristina -The importance of contracts, opportunities for alternative resolution of disputes through arbitration and mediation centers, as well as enforcement possibilities were the main topics of the roundtable ‘Put it on Paper’ organized by the USAID Contract Law Enforcement Program for the business community in Pristina.

"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 USAID Kosovo Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket, during the “Put it on Paper” roundtable hosted by USAID Contract Law Enforcement (CLE) Program for the business community of Pristina.

During the ‘Put it on Paper’ roundtable, 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 business community has up to date information to 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 USAID Kosovo Mission Director, Maureen A. Shauket.

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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