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TAP Supports Dialogue on Investment Attractiveness in Albania

02 June 2016

 

On 25 May 2016, TAP participated in a key panel discussion, part of the “High Level Policy Dialogue on Business Climate and Investment Attractiveness” in Albania. TAP Country Manager Shkëlqim Bozgo joined the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Minister of Finance Arben Ahmetaj, the Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship Milva Ekonomi, the IMF representative in Albania Jens Reinke, the World Bank Country Manager Tahseen Sayed and the CEO of the American Bank of Investments Andi Ballta.

 

Prime Minister Rama discussed a number of reforms the government has undertaken as well as associated challenges, and assured foreign entrepreneurs of his Government's support. He expressed commitment to the continuation of reforms and pledged the Albanian Government will remain a reliable partner in improving the country’s business climate.

In his speech, TAP Country Manager for Albania, Shkëlqim Bozgo, focused on the current progress of TAP. He stressed that implementing the project in line with the highest industry best practice contributed to building strong relationships with the affected communities.

Bozgo further emphasised the project’s positive impact: “Not only is TAP the most strategic foreign investments in Albania but it is also directly improving the social and economic situation of the communities along the pipeline corridor. Over 1,000 persons have been employed in the construction of access roads and bridges by TAP’s contractors and sub-contractors, more than 95% Albanians. During the next phase of pipeline and compressor stations construction, this number will grow to 2,000 persons. Work is progressing in line with the objective of first gas flowing to Europe in early 2020.”

The conference was attended by the representatives of bilateral Chambers of Commerce, foreign embassies in Albania, the Albanian Investments and Development Agency etc.