Agim Shahini – The Businessman in support of Peace

Agim Shahini was born on 9 March 1963 in Novolan, Vushtrri, Kosovo in a family with early patriotic traditions. He finished the elementary and primary school in Novolan village. Later on, he finished high school in Vushtrri and then decided to continue his studies in economics. He graduated in Economics as one of the best students of his generation.

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Dr. Shefki Hysa, Governor of DMPP and Mr. Agim Shahini, President of AKB

Agim Shahini started his own business in 1990 and since then he is businessman and owner of Besarti in the sector of Trade and Services. From March 2000 to September 2002, Agim was President and Founder of Business Association in the Municipality of Vushtrri. During this time he has been engaged in the implementation of DELTA Project, which deals with the development of strategic plans for municipality of Vushtrri. He has been also regular Participant of World Organization of Labor in Geneva (ILO), and participant of World Organization of Trade (WOT). He was also certified in Local Economic Development (LED) in the Open Society Institute in Budapest 2002/2003.

Agim Shahini is Founder and President of Alliance of Kosovo Businesses since 2002 and he still carries this post.

(AKB) is the main association of voluntary businesses in Kosovo which represents over 10200 businesses with 23 associations, and serves to the community of business through advocacy, training and promotion of products in order to help the development of local economy, incomes growth in sector, employment growth and fulfillment of the requirements of consumers. Since the establishment,AKB has worked in development of cooperation between Private sector and the public one including civil society and donor organizations in Kosovo.

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Dr. Enver Ferizaj, President of AAC and Mr. Agim Shahini, President of AKB

Agim Shahini as president of AKB had to lead all the meetings of AKB board, supervise the work, promote the prosperity and welfare of Alliance , help the increase of benefits of members from Alliance, and carry out other random assignments that appear. He has done an excellent job during all this time he has governed this institution by being fully devoted to reach the goals and purposes AKB.

Agim Shahini is Founder and Member of National Council for Economic Development – Office of Prime Minister since 2010. He is Member of National Council for Qualification – Ministry of Education and Technology in Kosovo since 2010. Since December 2013, Agim is Leader of Consultant Council, Customs of Kosovo and Administration of Tax in Kosovo, and businesses. He is also Member of the Social Economic Council – Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare since 2009. Agim Shahini is Member of the Council Small and Medium Enterprises – Ministry of Trade and Industry since 2010.

Agim Shahini has been leader of 50 national projects   in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Great Britain , Italia, India and Israel. He has also had several agreements with Local Institutions: Municipality of Pristine, Prizren, Peje, Gjakove, Mitrovice, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Vushtrri, Graçanice and many other municipalities.

Agim Shahini has participated in few important meetings and conferences where he has represented private sector. Some of these conferences are: Conference for Economic Development held in London in 2004; Development of Small and Medium Enterprises and Business Incubators held in Turkey; Conference for Development of Business in Milano Italy; Conference for Regional Cooperation held in Selanik and Athens in Greece; The Program for Development of Business Associations held in Washington, USA 2006.

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Dr. Enver Ferizaj, President of AAC and Mr. Agim Shahini, President of AKB

Agim Shahini was certified in Leadership International Program in 2006, in six states of the USA, Washington, Ohaio, Florida, Hiuta, New York, Columbus. He was participant in the drafting of the Plan for Development of Kosovo, from 2007 to 2013 and also Head of this project in the region of Pristine. He was also participant in the experts group for preparing the negotiations for KOSOVO’s SATUS of Unity Group in WAR DAMAGE sector.

Agim Shahini has organized many forums with local and national economic character in Kosovo and further more.  He was signatory of collective contract between Employees, Employers and Government in March 2014.  Agim Shahini continues to be a Leader of peace, Diplomatic Economy, in many places in the World, increasing the values of State of Kosovo in the political and economic aspects.

During his professional career, Agim Shahini has been acknowledged and awarded by several institutions for the remarkable contributions he has given to his country. From 2004 to 2013, more than 15 municipalities of Kosovo have awarded him for economic collaboration as a sign of gratitude by the country. Agim Shahini has been acknowledged annually by the local business from 2003 to 2013 by the Organization of the Kosovo Business Week. During this period of time, there were also several sports clubs that have given him awards on his work.

In 2006, the American State Department of Trade awarded Agim Shahini and four years later the Agency for the Investments’ Promotion in Geneva acknowledged his contributions and efforts in the field of trade and business. In 2010, the Government of Kosovo acknowledged him for the organization of employment in Kosovo where he provided for the employment of 2600 people.  In 2011, the Business Club Israel-Macedonia gave him an acknowledgement after ascertaining all his achievements in business undertakings.

During 2012 Agim Shahini was acknowledged by several institutions such as the Chamber of Commerce of Macedonia, the Municipality of Presheve, the University of Prizren, and the University Univerzum of Pristine and also by the Albanian Agro-business Council.

During 2013 Agim Shahini received awards and acknowledgement by the Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria – Macedonia, the Business Club Ana e Malit, Ulqin and also the Club of Elite Industrialists by Bucharest, Romania.

Arba Berdica

Ms. Arba Berdica, Top Advisor of DMPP

Because of his daily commitment in his work, Agim Shahini has conducted several meetings with important worldwide personalities. He has conducted meetings with eight Presidents of different countries, ten Prime Ministers of several countries and over 50 Ministers from different countries of the world. In addition, Agim Shahini, has had meetings with more than 60 Ambassadors of different countries. Among others, he considers as very important the meetings he has conducted with the Chairman of the International Labor Organization and the Vice-Chairman of the International Trade Organization.

Agim Shahini, as an intellectual erudite with a noble and charitable heart, has helped a lot the social classes in need. He is one of the most committed peace missionaries in the International Lobbying Organization Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity, accredited by UN, EU, USA.

Agim Shahini is an Honorary Advisor of this mission that operates in the Balkans and worldwide for peace and prosperity in help of the countries under development, according to the principles of the American democracy.

Arba Berdica

Top Advisor of DMPP

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