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H.E. Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania
* Anila Denaj, Minister of Economy & Finance, Republic of Albania
MAINTAINING THE REFORM MOMENTUM: THE CASE FOR MACRO-FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY
During the past few decades Albania has achieved significant economic progress. Being committed to implementing structural reforms, it increased economic productivity, improved governance, reduced poverty and unemployment and ultimately became a middle-income state. What macroeconomic policies and further reforms the country has to follow to secure continued economic progress?
Hilda Shijaku, Senior Economist, World Bank, Albania
THE WESTERN BALKANS IN TRANSITION: DEFINING ALBANIA’S ROLE IN A SHIFTING REGION
Dominated by geopolitical shifts, increased external actors’ influence, internal distrust and an insecure EU membership path, the Western Balkans are in jeopardy of succumbing to introversion, regional nationalism and further divides. Can Albania exert a stabilizing impact in the region?
H.E. Luigi Soreca, European Union Ambassador to Albania
H.E. Sophia Filippidou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Republic of Albania
H.E. Alberto Cutillo, Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Albania
THE ROLE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN BOOSTING ALBANIA’S ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
Investments in infrastructure and construction industry played a strategic role in transforming Albania from a poor nation to a middle-income European state, increasing social prosperity and securing important growth rates. With the industry contributing about 9.2% to Albanian GDP in 2018, major ongoing and planned infrastructure projects in various sectors and significant public-private partnership initiatives, infrastructure and construction is a best prospect industry sector for the country.
Belinda Balluku, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Republic of Albania
Discussants on Infrastructure
Stathis Natsis, Executive Director Overseas Business, TERNA
Yannis Kirkinezis, Country Manager Albania, Hill International
Guido Clary, Country Manager, European Investment Bank, Albania
Nikolin Jaka, Chairman Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tirana
Moderator: Nevila Jones
HARNESSING ALBANIA’S ENERGY POTENTIAL: CONCERNS AND STRATEGIES
Albania, due to its strategic geographical position and abundance of natural resources has a significant potential to further develop its energy sector and attract foreign investments in a variety of promising areas. The aim of this panel is to discuss the necessary strategies and reforms so as for Albania to diversify its domestic generation, tackle the sector’s infrastructure shortcomings and expand promising investment opportunities.
Discussants on Energy
Erlet Shaqe, Chairman of the Albanian Energy Association
Björn Thies, Country Head, KfW Albania
Moderator: Dr Lorenc Gordani, law adviser, Energy Policy, Regulation & Infrastructure
BREAK – LIGHT LUNCH
THE PROMISE OF SMART URBAN DEVELOPMENT: DELIVERING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR ALBANIA’S CITIES
The development of smart and urban solutions in Albania is a key priority for improving the quality of its governance, for exploiting its human resources full potential as well as for securing substantial long-term growth. The panel aims at presenting the current state of affairs regarding smart urban infrastructures in and to analyze the transformative effect of urban digitization projects to Albania’s economy and entrepreneurial activity
Arbjan Mazniku, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Tirana
IMPROVING ALBANIA’S COMPETITIVENESS: TOWARDS AN EXPORT-LED GROWTH MODEL
Despite Albania’s economic transformation during the last years, the country is still faced with important challenges and barriers to growth. Reduced regional connectivity, low-performing institutions, poor public service delivery and lack of access to global markets are severely affecting Albania’s competitiveness. How Albania can create the conditions that secure accelerated and sustained economic growth? Is an export-led growth model necessary to enhance economic performance?
George Papanastasiou, CEO, Alpha Bank Albania
Enio Jaço, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Albania
Maksim Caslli, Country Leader Albania & Kosovo, Deloitte
Davide Rogai, Council Advisor, Confindustria Albania
Moderator: Ines Mucostepa, President, Union of Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Albania
CREATING AN INTEGRATED TOURISM PRODUCT: POLICIES TO MAKE ALBANIA A UNIQUE DESTINATION
Albania’s rich cultural heritage, diverse topography, Mediterranean climate and low costs make the country a unique tourist destination, with the number of tourist arrivals constantly growing and the investment opportunities in the sector steadily increasing. What policies are to be propelled so as for Albania to create a more integrated tourism product, harnessing the sector’s full potential?
* Blendi Klosi, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Albania
Closing remarks - End of Forum
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