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Meeting of Interested Development Agents and Connect Albania Programme Office

On 18 June 2021, the Connect Albania Program held a meeting between seven Interested Development Agents and consultants of the Connect Albania Programme Office.  The meeting’s purpose was to not only introduce the development Agents and create a synergy among them to exchange ideas but also to discuss about the first efforts they have to make in order to attract the foreign and Albanian Diaspora investors while operating as Interested Development Agents. At the same time, they were guided through the Connect Albania mechanism, which is fully operational online and will serve as a good tool for introducing investments opportunities to potential investors in Italy.

The main points where discussion was more focused on, included progress and challenging of the initial activity of Interested Development Agents, support that Connect Albania Programme Office might provide for them, the importance of networking, alternative and innovative approaches towards potential investors and opportunities.

Interested Development Agents shared their thoughts on how they have projected their activities based on individual working plans as well on how they plan to address identified challenges of their work and to facilitate the transfer of know-how and investments from Italy to Albania. They said that there is a huge potential of investors that have been interested on Albanian economic development and opportunities to invest in here. More specifically the Interested Development Agents will focus on changing and building a new image for Albania as an attractive destination for investment by promoting facilities, incentives and reduced requirements that Albania offers

Representatives from Connect Albania Office and “Diaspora Engagement” project gave details and orientations for participants in the meeting. They encouraged Interested Development Agents to structure their needs and offered their availability to provide any information and facilitation for helping them in the promotion and negotiation process.

All the Interested Development Agents showed a real engagement on their mission, not just as an simple assignment but as a contribution from Albanian Diaspora to the progress of Albania

Connect Albania mechanism is a crucial part of the program “Engage the Albanian Diaspora to the Social and Economic Development of Albania”. It will contribute to increase investments in Albania. The program is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Office in Albania – the UN Migration Agency, with funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in close coordination with the Albanian State Minister for Diaspora, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Economy as well as the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).