XIIth Assembly of STIKK
Prishtina, March 3rd, 2020 – The Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology (STIKK) on Tuesday held its annual assembly of the association, the twelfth (XII) of its kind. During the assembly, the results and achievements of STIKK’s activities throughout 2019 were presented in front of the assembly members, as well as, the plans for the upcoming year (2020) where laid out and thoroughly discussed. The plans for 2020 were conceptualized in a way that they are a continuation and re-enforcement of STIKK’s mission which focuses on creating a better ICT business environment, as well as, raise the competitiveness level of local companies in international markets.
We were honored to host the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Albin Kurti, at the assembly, who commenced the assembly with a speech for all the attendees during which Mr. Kurti emphasized the importance of the ICT sector in the economic development of our country and expressed the governments readiness for institutional support in the development of the local ICT sector. In his speech, the Prime Minister highlighted some of the government priorities that at their core are ICT related and include: offering training modules to teachers in order for them to adapt to the latest technological trends and the market demands, the establishment of technology centers with a sustainable and attractive infrastructure for international and local companies, the development of stimulating policies for the support of the ICT industry, with a special focus on start-ups, as well as, implementing international ICT standards for both public institutions and the business sector. Apart from the Prime Minister, STIKK’s XII’th assembly was also attended by special guests Ms. Leonora Kusari – EBRD, Ms. Fjollca Restelica – KODE Project by the World Bank and Mr. Ahmet Jetullahu – REA Prishtina (EU support for the competitiveness of Kosovo’s ICT sector), who presented their projects in front of the assembly members. The projects presented by the special guests are connected to the development of the ICT sector in Kosovo and great opportunities for local ICT companies to participate in their implementation.
After the speeches and presentations by the special guests, the Executive Director of STIKK, Ms. Vjollca Çavolli addressed the attendees by giving out a short presentation with the highlight of the year 2019 and the plans for 2020.
The assembly was concluded with the appointment of the new board members of the association, where after the voting process, the new confirmed board members of the Kosovo ICT Association are: Ms. Donjeta Sahatçiu (President of the Board), Mr. Çelik Nimani (Vice-President of the Board), Mr. Arianit Fazliu, Ms. Zana Budima, Ms. Hana Qerimi, Mr. Astrit Desku, z. Astrit Leti, Mr. Valon Canhasi and Mr. Dardan Velija.
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As a catalyst to the dynamic technology industry, STIKK accelerates growth and progress for the fast-paced economy. it shapes the industry at large. STIKK provides a platform that unites technology leaders to connect and collaborate, and it avidly supports members who push the boundaries to propel technology forward. Since its establishment in 2008, STIKK was able to achieve numerous successes and become one of the leading drivers of the ICT industry and ICT community in Kosovo.
STIKK’s mission is to help create a better ICT business environment by improving standards and educational opportunities, and advocating with the government on behalf of its members to ensure that the sector will attract new business and investment.
Currently, STIKK represents around 90% of the total ICT sector in Kosovo.