Prishtina, September 19, 2017- Business should be persistent in demanding that their rights are duly respected and should make use of existing mechanisms for reporting corruption. This was the main message of the workshop organized with businesses from the region of Prizren, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo in cooperation with the Craftsmen and Entrepreneurs Association of Prizren (CEAP), under the framework of Fighting Corruption and Business Ethics project, supported by UNDP- Support to Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kosovo.
Arian Zeka, AmCham Executive Director, explained that the objective of the workshops which will be organized in other municipalities as well, is to inform businesses on the existing mechanism for reporting corruption, the current legal framework, and the role of good corporate governance in combating this phenomenon. Sami Dida, president of CEAP, expressed his satisfaction that this association served as a local partner in organizing this workshop, while noting the importance of addressing this topic.
Business representatives from the municipality of Prizren had the opportunity to gather more information on where Kosovo stands with regards to corruption vis-à-vis neighboring countries, the impact that his phenomenon has in social, economic and political aspects, and to share their experience on the degree to which they have encountered corruption in their business activities. Participants agreed that corruption is widespread in many sectors, particularly in the judicial system in Kosovo, and it is up to businesses themselves to become champions in combating this phenomenon by reporting corruption through existing legal mechanisms.