Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV on 12 October
[Announcer] The Kosovo Trust Agency [KTA] held in Pristina today a ceremony to open the eighth round of bids in the privatization process. In this round, 12 Socially Owned Enterprises [SOE] were privatized, of which 15 new companies are to be formed. The KTA has received 102 bids in the eighth round.
[Minister of Industry and Trade Bujar Dugolli] The Kosovo government is not satisfied with the pace of the privatization process in Kosovo, and the Agency for Investment Promotion is expected to have a positive influence in persuading new foreign investors and serious companies to invest in Kosovo. There are challenges and numerous obstacles, but they can be overcome.
[Head of UNMIK Pillar IV, Joachim Ruecker] Privatization is by no means an easy process, but thanks to the Kosovo Trust Agency personnel and the Board, this process is moving along very quickly. This is a good opportunity for the Kosovo economy and private investment. KTA staff have worked hard to prepare these enterprises for privatization; this was not easy because of the many complaints about the ownership of the enterprises.
[Reporter] The next round of the privatization process is to be held in December, while in January there will be a special spin-off, for the Golesh mining complex, Peja Brewery and Grand Hotel in Pristina, which are considered the jewels of the Kosovo economy.
Source: RTK TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1730 gmt 12 Oct 05