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Rakia Moalla-Fetini, Shehadah Hussein, Heikki Hatanpaa, and Natasha Koliadina
Published Date:
July 2005
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    Kosovo : gearing policies toward growth and development / Rakia Moalla-Fetini … [et al.]

    — [Washington, D.C. : International Monetary Fund, 2005.]

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    1. Kosovo (Serbia) — Economic policy. 2. Kosovo (Serbia) — Economic conditions — Statistics. 3. Fiscal policy — Serbia — Kosovo. I. Moalla-Fetini, Rakia. II. International Monetary Fund

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    Kosovo is a province of Serbia in Serbia and Montenegro with a population of some 1.9 million and an area of about 11 thousand square kilometers. Following the end of the war of March–June 1999, the United Nations (UN) Security Council, in Resolution 1244 (June 10, 1999), placed Kosovo under temporary UN administration, while reaffirming the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) over the territory.

    According to a new constitutional framework adopted May 15, 2001, responsibility for administering the territory is now shared between the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and a Kosovar self-government, the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG), which took office in April 2002. While the final status of Kosovo is yet to be determined, the UN Security Council (UNSC) has indicated its support for a set of standards, whose achievement could pave the way toward discussions on Kosovo’s final status. A comprehensive review of progress toward these standards is expected in 2005.

    At the request of UNMIK, and later the PISG, and together with the rest of the international community, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been assisting institution building and the formulation and implementation of economic policy in Kosovo. This work has been closely coordinated with the World Bank and other multilateral and bilateral donors. Apart from technical assistance provided by the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, Monetary and Financial Systems Department, and Statistics Department, the European Department has provided macroeconomic policy advice on an ongoing basis.

    This report builds on two previous similar reports, produced in 2001 and 2002—Kosovo: Macroeconomic Issues and Fiscal Sustainability, by Robert Corker, Dawn Rehm, and Kristina Kostial, and Kosovo: Institutions and Policies for Reconstruction and Growth, by Dimitri G. Demekas, Johannes Herderschee, and Davina F. Jacobs. It is principally based on the work performed during four staff visits spanning a 15-month period from January 2003 to March 2004. The staff teams were led by Rakia Moalla-Fetini and comprised Heikki Hatanpää, Anastassios Gagales, and David Moore (EUR), Kentaro Ogata and Brian Olden (FAD), and Zia Ebrahim-Zadeh and Natalia Koliadina (PDR), and were assisted by Shehadah Hussein, the head of the IMF liaison office in Pristina. We hope that the analysis and recommendations of this paper will contribute to informing the debate about economic policies, in particular, and about the broader issues that will shape Kosovo’s future.

    The authors would like to thank the following people for their detailed and insightful comments: Alessandro Leipold, David O. Orsmond, Karl Driessen, Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf, Vassili Prokopenko (in particular for his help on the analysis of the health of the banking system), Tito Cordella, and other colleagues in the IMF and the World Bank. The authors are also grateful for editing by Thomas Walter, research assistance by Madhuri Edwards, and processing of text and tables by Ana Rosa Reyes Labarca. Sean M. Culhane of the IMF’s External Relations Department oversaw the production of the final publication.

    The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the IMF or its Executive Directors.

    Acronyms and Abbreviations


    Banking and Payments Authority of Kosovo


    Consumer Price Index


    Donor-designated grants


    Economic and Fiscal Council


    European Union


    Foreign direct investment


    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia


    Gross national disposable income


    Household Budget Survey


    Internet technology


    Korporata Energjetike e Kosovës (Electricity monopoly)


    Kosovo Force


    Kosovo General Budget


    Kosovo Trust Agency


    Labor Force Survey


    Ministry of Finance and Economy


    Net foreign assets


    Nonperforming loans


    Net present value


    Public Investment Program (Donor funded)


    Provisional Institutions of Self-Government


    Publicly owned enterprise


    Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia


    Socially owned enterprise


    Statistical Office of Kosovo


    Special Representative of the Secretary-General


    Total factor productivity


    Mining conglomerate (lead and zinc mining and associated operations)


    United Nations


    United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo


    United Nations Security Council


    Value-added tax

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