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Daily Trip Report - July 14, 2003
Hank Perritt -
We met with the executive director of IPKO Institute, which has a beautiful facilty with lots of state of the art computers. The Institute provides free Internet connectivity for NGOs and local government institutions, certified CISCO training, and a new management program that has 15 carefully selected young Kosovars who are being taught management, leadership, technology, business plan preparation, and inventory management.
We then had a good meeting with Hasim Thaqi, the leader of the PDK, the second-largest party. Mr. Thaqi was very appreciative of the work we have done on our several projects and visits.
At noon we met again with Bujar Musa, the CEO of IPKO, who arranged a meeting with the chairman of his board to discuss the clinic/leadership joint venture further. Then he and Carson discussed in detail a proposed credit card/debit card merchant processing network. Carson will develop a business plan and seek to find a partner with experience in credit card processing.
Our meeting with KLC in the afternoon was not good. The KLC also refused our request for the missing volumes of the compendium.
We met with Blerim Reka in the late afternoon, who gave us some very useful materials on reform of commercial law in Kosovo and his bar prep handbook. Reka thinks someone should start an entirely new law school in Pristina, and we agreed to constitute a "steering committee" to discuss the possibility further.
At the end
of the day we met with Atkhe Veliu, joined briefly by Lulzim Pecim, head
of KIPRED, who approved a revised version of the concept paper for CIPE/NED.
We then went to the Kosovo Law Center for a meeting. I had no idea what was on the agenda for the meeting, as this was more something that Nicole and Jill have worked on. In any case, I was disappointed with how the meeting went. The purpose of the visit was mainly to meet the new local Director, and to discuss whether they wanted to be included in the next round of our externship program. The meeting was hardly productive, and I got the impression that had the staff not known Prof. Perritt so well and had Prof. Perritt not been quoted in the newspapers and shown on TV in Kosovo the prior two days, the whole meeting would have been a complete loss. Basically, the KLC's outlook seems pessimistic, but this may be partly attributable to the OSCE discontinuing its funding for the KLC next year.
We had a significantly better meeting with a law professor who just returned from a fellowship at my alma mater, USC. He seemed to be a very bright and energetic individual. We discussed the possibility of starting a new private law school in Prishtina. Personally, I think there were a lot of good ideas discussed in connection with the project.
the day with a meeting at the Hotel Grand with Atdhe and Lulzim from KIPRED.
To our surprise, Lulzim quickly ok'd submission of the proposal with KIPRED
and EDA on it. It was a good ending to the day.
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