US Consultations for Kosovo Mining

April 23, 2018 - April 27, 2018
Kosovar Delegation in Washington, DC
Kosovar Delegation in Washington, DC

From April 23-27, 2018 CLDP, in cooperation with U.S. Embassy Pristina and the U.S. Department of Commerce’ International Trade Administration (ITA), conducted US Consultations for mining for a high-level delegation from the Kosovo government in Washington, DC. The consultations and study tour were a direct response to recent developments within Kosovo to discuss strategies to attract foreign investment to its mining industry, specifically focusing on the new mine to be developed alongside Kosovo e Re power plant.  The program addressed two objectives: first, Kosovar delegates met with U.S. mining companies to discuss the challenges and solutions with respect to the global mining market; and second, CLDP experts addressed the benefits of private-public partnerships (PPPs) to Kosovo’s mining industry. While the power plant exists as the largest private-sector investment in Kosovo’s history, financing and development of the new mine will be a central component of reaching financial close for the entirety of the project.  During discussions, CLDP experts discussed the various costs and risks that need to be addressed by the Government of Kosovo (GOK) as it considers next steps for the development of the new mine.  CLDP consultations also included site visits to Morgantown, West Virginia to view modernized mining equipment, open-pit mines, and explored new technology and curriculum currently being developed at West Virginia University.

Kosovar Delegation viewing the open-pit mines in Morgantown, West Virginia
Kosovar Delegation viewing the open-pit mines in Morgantown, West Virginia

Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2018 - October 24, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

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