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Zana Berisha

Second Secretary at the Consulate General of Kosovo in Istanbul

What do you do, where are you based?

I am in charge of Visa Section at the General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Istanbul, Turkey. My previous working experience at the Government of the Republic of Kosovo for 12 years has requested protocol/diplomatic communication also meeting delegations of different countries. Therefore, at the General Consulate I am mostly in charge of the receiving/reporting about visa applications, identifying problems and executing visa permits. This has allowed me to learn a lot about individuals that are interested in visiting our Country and about international relations in terms of human diplomacy and spirituality (human interactions).

What is the most you like about the job you do?

My job requests human contact, namely meeting different people who apply for a visa to visit or do business in the Republic of Kosovo. What I mostly like about my job is the fact that I have a lot of communication as well as try to help people who intend to invest in Kosovo, which is a country that offers a lot of opportunities both for local as well as foreign investors. I believe that our role as young diplomats and a representatives of the Republic of Kosovo at the General Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo is crucial in attracting and enabling foreign business investors to thrive in Kosovo, and as such we are "the bridge" that links investors and Kosovo whether it is about tourism, entertainment, trade and investment and also Diplomatic relations.

What is the best thing about the city you live in?

Istanbul is very vivid and diverse city; it is a story that you can never end. It is full of history, arts, culture and life. It is a central city that links Europe and Asia in terms of economy, entertainment and politics. It is a link between eastern and western cultures. What I mostly enjoy is the history that has been inherited , which is based on Ottoman mentality and diplomacy. As Dilan Ayyildiz quoted on an article "Don't live in Istanbul but experience it".