3The Kosovo ICT sector emerged and developed over the past ten years. Now, it has a solid and successful foundation. The sector includes many SMEs that sell and service software and systems and ICT equipment. There are good demographics – the large youth population-for developing a large IT workforce, which is typically cited as a critical need if Kosovo is to be able to compete for some of the larger European jobs. The availability of a large diaspora and well-educated graduates abroad help provide market linkages. Cooperation between companies and universities on the design of ICT curricula and employment of young graduates in the ICT sector is improving.

EMPOWER Private Sector support involves the sustained training of programmers, and then helping ICT companies connect to opportunities for larger outsourcing engagements to address the job skills needed for this sector, which no single company or even group of companies or association is capable of generating without the active participation of the education and training system.