24 Sep 2018

Kosovo Prime Minister and U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo among dignitaries to Award the Certificate of Completion for the First Cohort of Public Policy Development and Leadership Program (PPDL) at RIT/A.U.K

On February 9, 2016, sixty seven (67) civil servants received their Certificates in Public Policy Development and Leadership (PPDL) Program, in a ceremony organized at A.U.K Auditorium.

PPDL is part of a larger Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kosovo and being implemented by A.U.K in Prishtina. The objective of the PPDL Program (www.auk.org/ppdl) is to assist the Government of Kosovo in increasing the capacity of the public servants in public policy and leadership skills at both central and municipal level.

A.U.K President, Winfred L. Thompson welcomed guests and congratulated the graduates on their new skills along with new experiences that are going to help them as they go forward in their professional lives in the public service.

USAIDceremony2At the ceremony, Prime Minister Isa Mustafa extended his appreciation for the US Embassy, USAID Kosovo and A.U.K in continuing to support human capacity development in the Government of Kosovo. Prime Minister Mustafa noted that “The reform of the Public Administration poses a platform of success and the results of which impact the development and implementation of government policy in the wider context, especially for economic development and provision of services to citizens and businesses”.

US Ambassador Greg Delawie congratulated the candidates and shared his extensive experience in the public service in the United States of America, by emphasizing that regardless of whether we agree with a certain policy choice, as a public servant we are bound to implement the policy directed by the citizens through the election of the political leaders. Ambassador Delawie reiterated his priorities in supporting the enhancement of the Rule of Law and Economic Development in Kosovo.

USAIDceremony3Mr. Besim Veselaj, a candidate of the first PPDL Cohort spoke about the elevating experience they had while participating in the program and the benefits of inter-ministerial communication and collaboration in the class.

Visar Jasiqi, Program Director, informed the audience that the call for the second Cohort in the PPDL Program is open until February 17, 2016 and invited all graduates to share this with their colleagues. Information about PPDL program can be found in website www.auk.org/ppdl.

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This program was made possible with the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with A.U.K.

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