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Zogaj: The economic program of the Kurti government is just words, without concrete measures and figures

The member of the Presidency of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), at the same time an economics expert, Alban Zogaj, has given numerous criticisms towards the economic program of the Kurti government. In the interview given to the newspaper “Epoka e re”, he said that the government program is empty and does not say anything. “The Kurti II government program is a very empty program. There are many words, without any measure and without any figure. So, it does not say anything “, said Zogaj. In this interview he also spoke about the LDK preparations for the local elections. Zogaj said that they are very optimistic and convinced that the LDK will return in this election.

The member of the Presidency of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), at the same time an economic expert, Alban Zogaj, has emphasized that the actions of the Kurti government so far are non-existent. He has given numerous criticisms towards the government’s economic program. “The Kurti II Government program is a very empty program. There are many words, without any measure and without any figure. So it says nothing. He does not tell us how much economic growth will be in his mandate, he does not tell us how much the state budget will be in his mandate, he does not tell us how much unemployment will decrease and how he will approach this big problem for the country “, stated Zogaj in an interview given to the newspaper” Epoka e re “.

Speaking about the initiative for the forgiveness of fines during the pandemic, he said that the fines that were imposed during this period should be forgiven in order for this forgiveness to be considered as assistance to the private sector. “Our recommendations are to help the business as much as possible. In addition to direct assistance, indirect assistance may also apply, such as tax breaks and other exemptions. “Any money that remains in the management of the private sector and consumers at this time, is help for them and is help for the economy,” he said.

In this interview, Zogaj also spoke about the LDK preparations for the local elections. He said that they are very optimistic and convinced that the LDK will return to this election. “We are preparing strongly for the local elections. We are working with our structures to nominate all the candidates as soon as possible in order to work on supermodern programs and campaigns. I strongly believe that we will have a very good offer for the citizens of Kosovo “, Zogaj affirmed.

“Epoka e re”: How do you assess the Kurti government’s plan in terms of economic agenda?

Zogaj: The Kurti II government program is a very empty program. There are many words, without any measure and without any figure. So it says nothing. He does not tell us how much economic growth will be in his mandate, he does not tell us how much the state budget will be in his mandate, he does not tell us how much unemployment will decrease and how he will approach this big problem for country. It does not indicate how it will approach the trade deficit problem and how much foreign investment will increase. No stimulus measures for the private sector, except those that, in fact, harm the private sector, such as the measure of raising the minimum wage. To our surprise, no major capital projects are planned, not a word in this regard, neither in energy nor in other sectors. The greatest concentration of this government, in economic terms, is on increasing bureaucracy and economic regulation. A new agency is planned, the Development Agency, the Sovereign Fund is planned, the Development Bank is planned, all these very little explained and left in the fog.

“Epoka e re”: In economic terms you have not seen anything concrete?

Zogaj: We have not seen anything concrete so far. No concrete decision, no concrete measure that would help economic recovery. The program is dry and weak, the actions so far are non-existent.

“Epoka e re”: The resolution regarding the forgiveness of fines during the pandemic was not passed in the Assembly, on the other hand we have a request from representatives of chambers of commerce for forgiveness of debts. In your opinion, how should we act in this regard?

Zogaj: Forgiveness of fines, in this case, I am repeating only the fines that were imposed during the pandemic and because of the pandemic measures, should be forgiven and this forgiveness should be considered as assistance to the private sector. Other states have shut down economies, but on the other hand have helped them. We have had the economy shut down, but without any help. Therefore, in this case, the least we could do is forgive these fines.

“Epoka e re”: We have not yet seen the design of any package for economic recovery. How does Kosovo stand in this regard, and are we late for a new economic package?

Zogaj: We are too late in many respects. In addition to aid packages, we must also have a clear vaccination plan. Vaccination returns us to normalcy, and normalcy restores the economy. It is also essential to be able to host our diaspora during the summer season.

“Epoka e re”: What are your recommendations regarding the economic recovery and since the opposition camp can not pass any resolution, do you see the arbitrary risk of economic decision-making?

Zogaj: Our recommendations are to help the business as much as possible. In addition to direct assistance, indirect assistance may be applied, such as tax breaks and other exemptions. Any money that remains in the management of the private sector and the consumer at this time, is help to them and is help to the economy.

“Epoka e re”: Since you are in charge of the LDK, how consolidated are you and at the same time prepared for the local elections?

Zogaj: We are preparing strongly for the local elections. We are working with our structures to nominate all the candidates as soon as possible, in order to work on super-modern programs and campaigns. I strongly believe that we will have a very good offer for the citizens of Kosovo.

“Epoka e re”: Which municipalities do you claim to win and are you afraid of losing the LDK strongholds in which you won in the last local elections?

Zogaj: We are very optimistic and convinced that the LDK will return in these local elections.

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