The Norwegian Ambassador: Peja is known for innovation and entrepreneurship

The Norwegian Ambassador, Per Strand Sjaastad, accompanied by Mr. Besnik Tahiri - the executive director of the KLGI Institute, visited the municipality of Peja, where they met the Mayor Muhaxheri and other representatives of this municipality.

Municipality of Peja is known for innovation and enterprises, as well as it is an attraction for many tourists. This is how the Norwegian Ambassador Sjaastad views this municipality, by highlighting that more work should be done in the field of tourism development.

“It has been very important for us to support Kosovo economically and politically and to also understand the challenges that the municipalities are encountering,” – stated the Norwegian Ambassador. He added that the main focus of the local level should be put on the young people of Peja, as the future of this municipality.

He proposed to strengthen the cooperation and combine the opportunities with Albania, considering that Kosovo possesses the mountains and Albania possesses the sea. Besides the strengthened cooperation, this would create a compact area for tourism.

The Ambassador Sjaastad had a significant interest on the technical, operational and professional capacities of the municipality, mainly on the role that the municipality and the central level have on the development of municipalities, with a special focus on the strategic sectors, such as the case of tourist infrastructure.

The Norwegian Ambassador expressed all these thoughts in the meeting with the mayor of Peja, Gazmend Muhaxheri. For the Mayor Muhaxheri, Peja is highly engaged in the development of tourism, agriculture, infrastructure and small business support.

“Currently we have professionals in the field of agriculture and a lot of work is being done to increase human resources at the secondary school level”, stated Mayor Muhaxheri.

For Mr. Tahiri, Peja has excellent presentation on urban planning and a great potential for tourism development. “The ambitions for cities as Peja and Prizren should be much higher” – stated Tahiri. After the meeting, they visited the center of Peja and continued with other visits in the region of Dukagjin.

These visits are coordinated by KLGI Institute as the main partner of the Norwegian Embassy in the field of local governance and aim to inform the Ambassador Sjaastad with the challenges, progress and perspectives of the municipalities.