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International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
International Monetary Fund. European Dept.

IMF Country Report No. 22/5

Michelle Stone, Sage De Clerck, Yasemin Hurcan, Taz Chaponda, Willie Du Preez, and Thomas Ekeli
Kosovo is working to improve its public investment management to support future economic growth and improvements in wellbeing. This assessment applies the IMF Public Investment Management Assessment (PIMA) framework, including the Climate-PIMA module. It finds that there have been improvements in Kosovo’s public investment management institutions since the original 2015 PIMA assessment. Nonetheless, there is room to continue to strengthen public investment management institutions and their climate sensitivity in Kosovo
International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
This technical assistance report on the Republic of Kosovo presents details of residential property price index (RPPI) mission. The authorities are strongly committed to developing a publicly available RPPI for Kosovo. Transactions data from real-estate companies should be used for the development of the RPPI. The mission assessed the advantages and disadvantages of each available data source. A large real estate company has agreed to provide a dataset to the Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS). Pro Real Estate accounts for approximately 60 percent of the residential property market in Kosovo. The KAS should assess the quality of the data and its suitability for use in the compilation of the RPPI. The mission described the practical aspects of assessing the suitability and quality of the dataset. The KAS should assess whether it needs to supplement the data with information from other real estate companies to increase the geographical coverage. The mission increased capacity and knowledge the KAS staff on the methods for RPPI compilation. The main topics covered in the meetings included data visualization, assessing data quality, stratification, weights, subindex calculation and aggregation to high-level indices.
International Monetary Fund. European Dept.
This 2021 Article IV Consultation determines that Kosovo’s people and its economy experienced a return to a certain degree of normality in 2021. Increased vaccination rates allowed a relaxation of stringency measures, supported mobility, and created the conditions for a resumption of diaspora travel. The fiscal response to the pandemic has been broadly adequate. Moreover, fiscal policy needs to return to a supportive stance in 2022. Focus, composition, and transparency of public spending needs strengthening including supporting economic resilience. While the objective to intensify vaccinations is both appropriate and commendable, intended policy actions under the “Economic Revival Program” need to be better defined, new social transfer programs should be more targeted, and the growth of existing transfers needs to be contained. Kosovo’s intentions to reduce carbon emissions are commendable. A credible climate and environment mitigation strategy should be centered around carbon pricing, while allocating its proceeds to investment in green projects and to mitigate the impact of higher energy prices on vulnerable households.