Kosovo is a former province of Serbia that declared independence in 2008. Kosovo's economy has shown significant progress in transitioning to a market-based system and maintaining macroeconomic stability, Agriculture, stock raising, forestry, and mining are the major occupations. The Kosovo's economy is dependent on foreign aid, subsidies, grants and investment. There are rich deposits of lignite (brown coal), lead, nickel, zinc, and other minerals. Kosovo has one of the most open economies in the region, and continues to work with the international community on measures to improve the business environment and attract foreign investment.