400+ participants / 50+ speakers / 15+ panels


Day 2

Kosovo and Serbia – Escaping the Deaden

18:15 – 19:15

Besnik Bislimi

First Deputy Prime Minister in the Kosovo Government

Besnik Bislimi  is a economist, academic and politician, currently serving as First Deputy Prime Minister in the Kosovo Government, in charge of European integration, development and dialogue. He is also the first vice president of the Vetëvendosje movement, and has previously served as minister of finance and member of parliament.

Bislimi studied macroeconomic analysis at the University of Zagreb, graduating in 1994. He received his doctorate from the University of Freiberg with a specialty in fiscal policies and transition to market economy. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of George State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed post-doctoral studies on fiscal decentralization of developing nations.

Bislimi worked as an assistant for macroeconomics and public finance at the University of Freiberg for six years. He also supported the University of Prishtina with projects funded by the Stability Pact, the German DAAD and WUS Austria, served as the fiscal policy advisor of the UNDP CBF project, advisor on several GTZ projects, and FAO fiscal policy expert. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant and project manager for various institutions

Since 2004, Bislimi has been a faculty member at RIT Kosovo (formerly American University in Kosovo), where he teaches macroeconomics, fiscal policy, monetary analysis and policy, natural resource economics and microeconomics. He has also served as head of the economics unit and managing director of the research center at RIT Kosovo, and taught part-time in Macedonia.

In the 2014 parliamentary elections, Bislimi was elected to the Assembly of Kosovo, representing Lëvizja Vetëvendosje, and served as chairman of the public finance oversight committee. He resigned from the Assembly in June 2016. He served as minister of finance in the first Kurti government in 2020, and returned as first deputy prime minister in charge of European integration, development and dialogue in the second Kurti government in March 2021.