As part of its assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic, the Kotor Municipality has adopted a number of measures to support the private sector and citizens suffering from the consequences of the pandemic.
The tourism and hospitality sector, and the activities related to these sectors (like souvenir and gift shops), as well as the agriculture sector have witnessed a decline in activity during the COVID-19 pandemic in the municipality of Kotor. Many businesses in these spheres closed due to the lockdowns and other restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to overcome the crisis caused by the virus, the municipality of Kotor adopted a set of measures to support businessmen and citizens suffering due to the consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The measures initiated by the municipality of Kotor aimed to develop promotional measures through consultations and discussions with entrepreneurs.
The support measures initiated by the municipality included the following:
The decisions made, and measures taken by the local government of the municipality of Kotor to support the private sector during the COVID-19 pandemic were successful. Measures have supported businesses to survive, to continue functioning and to prevent job losses.
Moreover, the municipality analyzed the role and importance of working together with different stakeholders (including different local government agencies, national government representtaives, donors, entrepreneurs) during crisis situations to find the best solutions. The municipality maintains strong ties with private sector companies and is ready to support them in crisis situations. The municipality has decided to regularly coordinate with different stakeholders (mentioned above), to have consultations with them and based on these consultations to plan and develop needed measures in the future also.
The measures taken by the municipality of Kotor could serve as an example to other cities, especially those who are intended to support their entrepreneurs during COVID-19 crisis.
Cities are recommended to establish coordination and dialogue mechanisms with different stakeholders, including local and national government agencies, international organizations and private sector to cooperatively plan and discuss the possible solutions and adjust support measures to the needs of private sector during crisis situations.
Ms. Jelena Stjepčević
Head of Office for International Relations at Kotor City Hall,