The new market offers a modern space for the residents of Korça, where they can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and sea food products from the surrounding areas.
Alberto Cutillo, the Italian Ambassador to Albania; Sotiraq Filo, the Mayor of Korça; Malfor Nuri, the TAP Country Manager; the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; attended the inauguration event, representatives of Apulia Region, Adriapol Institute, alongside many Korça residents.
Sotiraq Filo, the Mayor of Korça, emphasised the impact this market has on the local economy and the importance of centralising regional produce, which guarantees the highest standards: “This project of the Municipality of Korça has been necessary for a number of reasons. In addition to employment and enhancing the local economy, the Korça Food Hub, “Markata e Shijes” is a modern market with high hygiene standards. The Municipality is investing in strengthening food safety and the market is part of this vision.”
Malfor Nuri, the TAP Country Manager for Albania, said: “TAP is contributing to the economies of the municipalities along the pipeline route through a series of social and environmental investments. Following our investment in the Gjon Mili museum, the new Korça market is now providing the optimal standards for marketing local produce. The market will enhance the area’s wider economy.”
Alberto Cutillo, the Italian Ambassador to Albania, noted: "We are very satisfied with the realisation of projects such as the marketplace we are inaugurating today. These projects will create opportunities to revitalise certain sectors of the local economy and create job opportunities. This market seems to be very vital and for sure will have a positive impact for the economy.”
The market is an investment amounting to 145 million Lek (approximately 1.17 million Euro), of which 80 million Lek were jointly invested by the Municipality of Korça and IADSA, while TAP provided 65 million Lek (approximately 520,000 Euro). Apulia Region and Adriapol Institute were as well partners in this project and offered capacity building trainings.
The internal market area is 2,000 square meters and will house approximately 118 vendor units. Traditional dishes will be cooked using fresh products from the market in specially designated areas inside the new market hall.
TAP’s contractor for social and environmental investments, Abkons, managed the project implementation while Xhengo sh.p.k. carried out the works. Approximately 50 people were employed for the works.
TAP remains committed to improving the quality of life in the communities along the pipeline route in Albania, in cooperation with the central government and local authorities.