Kosovo Manufacturing Club (KMC) was established in November 2015 and is a non-governmental organization. The club’s executive director is Astrit Panxha, who is also part of the club’s founding team. Club members are among the largest produrcers in Kosovo with the ownership of 30 factories, with more than 100 brends and 15,000 directly and indirectly employed.
The main goals of Club are to develop forums and meeting that promote discussion and cooperation between members and state institutions for the development of production sector, organize activities in cooperation with state and private institutions in order to strengthen and promote Made in Kosova products, to raise awareness among citizens about the positive role that consumption of local products plays in the economic development of the country.
The Kosovo Manufacturing Club functions and carries out activities on four basic pillars:
The Kosovo Manufacturing Club functions and carries out activities on four basic pillars:
- Advocacy, through which the Club aims to influence relevant institutions to advance and to improve policies towards local producers.
- Cooperation with all the relevant stakeholders with the aim of developing a cooperative spirit with all stakeholders for issues related to local producers.
- Promotion of Made in Kosova products, inside and outside the country.
- Awareness and consumer protection through various activities that increase the overall knowledge among consumers about the importance of consuming local products while developing consumer protection mechanisms at the same time.
Our mission is
- To enable networking of members and to help their motivation and cooperation with each other and with third parties
- To build the bridges of cooperation with state institutions to strengthen and promote local products and
- To raise citizen awareness on the quality of local products.
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In May 2015, Astrit Panxha took the initiative to meet Bedri Kasumi ( PESTOVA), Blerim Devolli (DEVOLLI GROUP), Mergim Prishtina (TREPHARM) and Visar Kelmendi (RUGOVE). They agreed to form an organization that would promote the interests and would advance the manufacturing sector. During the following months, several coordination meetings were organized, whereas other producers joined the initiative. On 20th of July in Fushe Kosove at the preemies of Trepharm Company representatives of these manufacturing companies:
To finalize the act of establishment in accordance with Law no. 04/L-57 on Freedom of Association in Non-Governmental Organization in the Republic of Kosovo, they establish the Kosovo Manufacturing Club (KMC).
The Executive Council is the intermediate leading body and acts every time in accordance with the purpose of the organization. Implementation of the strategy, realization of the activities and goals of the Club is done by the Executive Council.
The Executive Council consists of:
Astrit Panxha is Executive Director and one of the founders of Kosovo Manufacturing Club (KMC). Prior to establishing KMC he worked as a senior economist in Financial Stability and Economic Analysis Department of the Central Bank of Republic of Kosovo. Astrit joined the FSEA Department in 2009 as a research economist (until 2013). There he worked on assessing the performance and risks of financial sector in general, and banking sector in particular. He was responsible for stress testing and bank lending survey of the banking sector. Also, he was actively involved in the design and implementation of the stress test, banking forecast and macroeconomic model. In 2012, Astrit worked in German Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin, where he was part of the team that was involved in developing policies and supervising fund that was responsible for bank rescuing.
Prior to joining the Central Bank, Astrit worked for a short period in the ProCredit Bank (Kosovo) as a risk analyst, he was responsible for analyzing banks credit, liquidity, interest rate and solvency risk. Prior to joining ProCredit Bank, he was a financial analyst at private equity firm Gondola Holdings in London, UK. There he was responsible for preparing reports on performance and forecasting of different units of company. While in London, Astrit was actively participating in volunteering work. He was member of the board of charity organization ‘Shpresa Programme’ and he was one of the founders of Albanian Student Association in UK.
In 2010 he was awarded Letter of Excellence for his exceptional performance on Applied Economic Policy Training in Joint Vienna Institute. He also attended professional courses in Federal Bank of New York, European Central Bank, Austrian Central Bank, IMF institute, World Bank etc.
Astrit has been teaching at Riinvest University since 2009 on subjects such as Financial Management, Corporate Finance and Microeconomics. Over his career he has published academic papers, and his personal research has focused on the banks effects on the real economy and the risk management in the banking sector, and the capital structure. Astrit holds a MSc in Corporate Finance from Lund University and BA in Economics from London Metropolitan University.
Vllaznim Osmani is General Secretary of Kosovo Manufacturing Club (KMC), and he has been part of the team on establishment of the KMC. He has worked in London for 13 years in the field of Economic Development, Regeneration and Planning. He received his Bachelor of Science in Housing Studies at Middlesex University, London and CIPS Level 2-Certificate of Purchasing & Supply from the Charted Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) of the London Metropolitan University.
Vllaznim has detailed category knowledge of economic development and planning in the built environment with extensive experience of residential and commercial development. Prior to joining KMC he has worked for UN-Habitat Kosovo, assisting Central and Local Institutions in the field of Local Economic Development and Spatial Planning.
PR & Communication Manager,
Before joining Kosovo Manufacturing Club, Tanita has worked for several non-governmental organizations in Kosovo. She has six years of experience in communication and advocacy including skills in research and project management, with a background in international relations. Tanita holds the position of Communication Officer at the Kosovo Manufacturing Club.
Ylberina Hysaj- Arifi
The President of the Club is elected from the representative members of the Club. The President of the Club represents and presents the Club during meetings with representatives of institutions, organizations and foreign delegations.
The President of the Club has a one year mandate, after the end of the first term of office, the president may be re-elected only after the beginning of the new alphabetical order. Upon termination of the President’s mandate, the same is appointed as Vice-President of the Club. The second vice-president shall be appointed a quorum member for the post of chairman according to the alphabetical order, as foreseen by the club’s statute.
Bashkim Osmani, born in Podujevë, in a family of traditions in trade, he is an entrepreneur and the owner of Laberion Company. This company was founded in 1996 in the Podujevo municipality. he graduated in Economics at the University of Prishtina.
As the owner of the company- Laberion, which makes the production of non-alcoholic beverages, he has managed to create a wide distribution network of its products throughout the territory of Kosovo with over 1,650 sales points and has employed 132 employees.
The products of Laberion company are valued by the quality of products, which are produced with the latest technology, qualified personnel who meets all the market requirements.Under the management of Mr.Osmani the company has implemented the international standards and now exports in the countries at the region and in Europe, Middle East, as well as in South Africa. Thus, Announced by Ministry of Trade and Industry as the best exporter of the year 2011 in the European market.
Fejzulla Mustafa was born on 16.11.1956 in the village Zhunice, the municipality of Presheva.
He finished his primary and secondary school in Presheve, then enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Prishtina- “Hasan Prishtina”, in 1976 in the Department of Machinery and graduated in this faculty successfully in 1982 as a Graduated Engineer of Machinery.
Immediately after graduation, Mr. Mustafa was employed as a professor of Engineering at the Technical High School in Presheve in 1982, where he worked as a professor for 8 years. Since 1990 he began to work with an extraordinary commitment in the field of business, namely in the food industry, whereby in 1994 he started the foundation of the FLUIDI Company.
In the absence of local products, the company initially started to operate in Presheve with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages, continuing the production in Gjilan, where they received the international license from ROYAL CROWN COLA for the production of RC brands, and then the production of 150 varieties of other products.
Recently, Fluidi continued the success with the opening of the oil refinery as the only advanced technology in the Balkans, with the unique FLOIL product.
Mustafa remains and is committed to bringing new brands and tastes that are manifested by the opening up of new jobs and the continuous growth of the Company.
He completed his primary school in Suharekë, and his secondary education was in medicine school in Prizren. Despite the great desire to continue into the university, he left his education and got involved in the business sphere.
In May 1994 he founded the beverage company called FRUTEX. After analysing and exploring Kosovo’s market and seeing the lack of an energetic drink, in 2006 FRUTEX started to produce the energetic drink Golden Eagle, a drink that soon conquered the market of Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and many other countries.
Seeing the success of the energetic drink Golden Eagle, during 2008 he also created the brand called RELAX. In addition to the energy drinks and beverage production lines, the company he leads in 2018 has also started with the fruit processing line for the production of fresh juices, which is the first of its kind in Albanian areas.
Under the direction of Shaqir Palushi, the FRUTEX company has managed to export to many countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, and is among the largest exporting companies in Kosovo.
Mr.Palushi, besides being a successful businessman, he is a great philanthropist who established the Golden Eagle Foundation, which helped a lot of families with difficult economic conditions. From this foundation Mr. Palushi has turned the smile back to many families in need, gave students the desire to study, and many children in hospitals now have a better treatment.
The company was founded in 1981, and the founder was Visar’s father – Skender Idrizi who was part of the first graphics generation at the University of Prishtina, and after graduation he started working on the press industry and established the company that initially was called Viva Graphics.
In 2001, after returning from London where he spent three years working and studying, Visar Idrizi took the lead of the company changed the name to VIPRINT.
Today, VIPRINT is a customer-oriented business that provides printing services for private, state, public, and international organizations operating in the Republic of Kosovo and abroad.
The year 2018, has been the year of great success in various fields, giving particular attention to the export of products to the European market.
The press industry is entering the next stage of its development. This stage is predestined by the world’s growing demands on high-quality press products and originality. Our long experience since 1981 in this area has shown us that we must always keep the promise of being a bridge between our customers and the latest advanced technology in the press.
Visar Idrizi and his company- VIPRINT from 2017is a member of Kosovo Manufacturing Club.
The Supervisory Council is selected by the members of the Assembly to control the implementation of the Club’s goals and the progress of the activities foreseen in the statute and in the strategic plan, at the same time the Council is responsible for overseeing the work of officials and employees and for controlling the Club’s financial reports.
The Supervisory Council consists of three current members of the Club, currently the Supervisory Council consist of:
Visar Kelmendi (Rugove)
Fejzullah Mustafa (Fluidi)
Honorable Members are distinguished figures who with their many years of work experience have positively impacted the economic development of the Republic of Kosovo and have managed to create a good reputation in the community.
Their role will be advisory.