In order to promote economic research work, the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo traditionally awards the prize for the best research works by young economists in the field of financial system and economic development of the country.
At the CBK premises, Governor Mehmeti awarded Young Economist Prizes for 2017 winning paper works. After reviewing and evaluating the best research papers in the field of economy and finance, the professional commission announced the winners of the Young Economist Award for 2017as following: second prize “Portfolio risk of international diversification of Kosovo Pension Fund: a historical perspective” by Florin Aliu and third prize “Placement of Kosovo products in the EU market: Application of differentiation strategies as a significant factor" by Arian Krasniqi.
Governor Mehmeti at the reception organized for the prize winners emphasized the importance of economic and financial research: "I am pleased that you have been selected as the winners of Young Economists Award. The paper works selected should encourage the country's economic development. There is no economic development without the development of financial stability and this is one of my main goals since my appointment to the position of the Governor. Therefore, our main goal is to maintain financial stability, currently the best in the region. We plan to expand the functions of the Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo in support of the economy and one of the steps will be the approval of the regulation on the licensing of investment funds in Kosovo, which is a supplement to the economy, and I believe that this will enable two or three investment funds. We are also creating a cards transactions update center in Kosovo, a major and important project with the aim of increasing the functions of the Central Bank of Kosovo. What I ask you is to bring in Kosovo the education and experience you gain abroad in order to advance the economy. "
The award winners thanked the Governor for supporting the CBK initiatives for the benefit of young researchers.