Tirana, January 27th, 2015
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced a number of reforms when he attended FIAA’s traditional annual Wishes for a Successful Business Year ceremony on 27 January, accompanied by ministers of the Government of Albania, ambassadors and members of the business community.
Mr Rama told FIAA members of the government’s plan to assemble the first Investment Council for Albania in co-operation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). “The National Economic Council is the introduction of a new chapter in the relations with economic actors in Albania, while the Investment Council is a step further, because it will represent a section of economic policy-making in our country,” Mr Rama said.
The Prime Minister continued: “Consequently, it will also constitute a call to investors … to be more active and engaged, to work with us, to liberalise the market, to attract foreign direct investments, and of course, to see potential in different sectors. Thus, we will see each other more often, of course you will not simply listen to us, but in order that we listen to what you have to say.”
Mr Rama also highlighted three draft laws aimed at boosting investment in Albania. “The strategic investment law would allow foreign investments in key sectors to move more quickly and avoid … numerous obstacles that arise,” he said, adding that “the law on tourism … will give a further impetus to the development of the sector.” Mr Rama commented that the third draft law, on public private partnership, “will be very important for a structural change in the relationship between government and the private sector.”
Click here to read the full speech of the Prime Minister.
After his speech, the Prime Minister joined FIAA members and guests for a cocktail reception kindly supported by Alpha Bank Albania, Enso Hydro Energji, Gulf Albania, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania, La Petrolifera Italo Albanese, Philip Morris Albania, Selenice Bitumi, Tirana Bank, Tirana Business Park, and TÜV Austria Albania.