Business Support Program: Kosovo
CDC teamed with Chemonics International, Inc., on the Kosovo Business Support (KBS) Program in order to reinvigorate KosovoвЂ™s economy by expanding the contribution of the private sector. The overall program objective is to improve the business acumen and management skills of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and business associations, which will lead to greater employment and increased private investment.
Program activities include:
- Improving the competency of high-potential SMEs in functional areas, such as accounting, marketing, business planning and operations.
- Teaching turnaround and crisis management to selected SMEs.
- Building broad-based SME sector support, including management training, information and toolkits, sector analysis and trade and investment linkages.
- Enhancing the capacity of Kosovar professionals in business support services to ensure sustainability.
CDCвЂ™s assignments focus on improving the competency of high-potential SMEs in functional areas. The current sectors of primary focus are: agriculture and agribusiness, construction materials, textiles, metals and light manufacturing.
There are four functional practice teams of KBS: 1) accounting and finance, 2) sales and marketing, 3) operations and 4) turnaround. With the exception of operations, each practice team is lead by an expatriate manager. CDC VAs work primarily with the operations practice team, which is managed by a local consultant. CDC VAs are fully integrated into the KBS consulting process, and whenever possible, VAs work with multiple companies during their time in country.