Prishtina, March 16, 2020 – The Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo express their concern over obstructing the operation of economic activities across the country in contradiction with yesterday’s decision of the Market Inspectorate which clearly outlines the economic activities of the country which may continue to work even after taking preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic virus. Such arbitrary actions impact the increase of confusion caused in recent days, as well as the uncontrolled increase of panic among citizens.
The President of Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, Berat Rukiqi, and the Executive Director of American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, Arian Zeka, met with Chief Market Inspector Lulzim Syla to adress these business concerns and the importance of non-stop economic activity, due to the consequences that this could have in the country’s economy. Chief Inspector Syla, on the other hand, confirmed that yesterday’s decision handed down through a Market Inspectorate circular still remains valid.
The Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo call on municipal authorities, the Kosovo Police, and all inspection bodies to respect the decision of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Market Inspectorate and not to arbitrarily interfere with the operation of the private enterprises, which are vital in maintaining normal supply for citizens.
Moreover, the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo urge the Government of Kosovo to approve the decision for the action plan, in accordance with the proposal made yesterday, which would facilitate the operation of businesses in this emergency situation. On the other hand, both institutions call on commercial enterprises to act responsibly and not abuse by increasing prices in these difficult days.