There are new possibilities for
the increase of the business cooperation between Albania and Serbia in the
future, said the President of Albania - Serbia Chamber of Commerce, Isuf Ferra
in a joint press conference with the President of the Chamber of Commerce and
Industry of Serbia, Marko Cadez after representatives of an Albanian company
and a Serb one signed a cooperation agreement in the field of water
infrastructure construction and energy in Tirana on Thursday.
Mr. Ferra said that there are more than
60 companies which are members of the joint Albania - Serbia Chamber of
Commerce which was created in Tirana on November 24 last year. "There have
been dozens of businesses which carried out trade exchanges between Albania and
Serbia," he underlined. In addition Mr. Ferra said that the joint Albania
- Serbia Chamber of Commerce was working intensively to promote the Serb
companies with the aim of increasing the cooperation furthermore.
The idea on the Tirana-based joint
Albania-Serbia Chamber of Commerce was launched by BiznesAlbania, an Albanian
organization of employers and business associations, and the Chamber of
Commerce and Industry of Serbia, in the presence of the Albanian Prime
Minister, Edi Rama, and his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic on October
14, 2016. Speaking on that occasion Albanian PM Rama said: "There are 100
Serb entities operating in Albania, either commercial or in direct activity.
They’re modest entities, but they operate in construction, industry, tourism,
services, and I assure you that if you ask them, they will say only good things
about the atmosphere in which they work. They will surely say that they feel
very well and see no problem in the fact that they are from Serbia."
In Thursday's press conference in Tirana
the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Marko Cadez
pointed out that the interest of Serb entrepreneurs to expand their activities
in Albania and establish partnership with local companies had kept growing.
According to him, only during 2016 the cooperation between the two countries in
that field grew by 10 percent as compared with a year before.
"Given the fact that I have come to
Tirana some times within the last four months shows much over the growing
business ties between our countries," he said, unveiling the expectation
that the bilateral business cooperation was expected to double during this year
as compared to 2015.
"Albania has advanced with regards
to the lifting of barriers between the two countries and we are trying to bring
as many as possible investors here. Our interest expands in various fields like
infrastructure, food industry, tourism, energy etc," said Mr. Cadez.
In conclusion the top representative of
Serb businesses said that the economic and trade cooperation would also provide
new possibilities for the increase of people- to - people exchanges of Serbia
and Albania, improving the friendly ties between Serbs and Albanians, and the
other people in the region.