Press release Construction Law Reforms improve the Business Environment and Attracting Foreign Investments The American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo (AmCham Kosovo) organized a round table on Construction Law Reforms in Kosovo, in order to discuss the new changes on this law, as well as its impact on the business community. With particular emphasis, it was discussed the fact that Construction Law reforms are important not only for the improvement of the business environment in our country, but also for the attraction of foreign investments from various sectors. The panelist of today’s meeting included the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Arben Çitaku, Secretary General of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (ADR), Ardi Shita and the representative of USAID program for improvement of the business environment, Salvador Elmazi. In the opening speech, Secretary General of ADR Center, Ardi Shita, initially said that AmCham has supported the initiative for reforms in this regard, considering the positive impact of changes in business community. Simplifying the procedure of obtaining construction permission, the unification of construction permission taxes, are some of the main elements in this process. In addition, Mr. Shita informed that the Arbitration Center of the American Chamber Kosovo will contribute by drafting the development agreement, as well as including of arbitration clauses so that businesses and municipalities to have a center where they can solve disputes through accelerated procedures. On the other hand, Mr. Çitaku informed that the Ministry is committed to continue these reforms, with another platform of laws which recently have already passed in Assembly, such as: Law on Spatial Planning and Law on Illegal Construction Treatment. Mr. Çitaku added that a modern law is drafted, where basic principles of developed and democratic countries have been adopted, and it is needed the support of all communities, especially of businesses in order to implement this reform. During the meeting, a presentation was delivered from the USAID representative, Salvador Elmaz, who informed the participants in details on these reforms and reconstruction taxes in accordance with administrative order. AmCham in cooperation with USAID program for improvment of the Business Environment organized a series of round tables in order to discuss Construction Law Reforms in 7 cities of Kosovo, including: Mitrovica, Prizren, Gracanice, Gjakove, Ferizaj, Peje, Gjilan and Prishtina.