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EBRD Board Directors to visit Albania

By Axel  Reiserer

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Meetings with authorities, businesses and civil society organisations

Representatives of the EBRD Board of Directors will arrive in Tirana Wednesday evening for a three-day visit to Albania. The Board Directors will meet government representatives, entrepreneurs and civil society organisations. Another highlight of the visit will be a site visit to a local client benefitting from the Albania Agribusiness Support Facility.

This framework, launched in summer 2016 during a visit by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti, supports local agribusinesses with enhanced access to finance through dedicated credit lines or risk sharing facilities. The government of Albania has joined the facility with a contribution.

Other EBRD priorities in Albania according to the current country strategy (2016-2019) include supporting private sector competitiveness, building on the strong entrepreneurial spirit in the economy, strengthening regional infrastructure linkages, enhancing the commercialisation of state-owned enterprises and promoting sustainable energy and environmentally sound investments.

The Board delegation visiting Albania will include:

  • Zbigniew Hockuba, Director, Poland, Bulgaria, Albania;
  • Ove Jensen, Director, Denmark, Lithuania, Ireland, Kosovo;
  • Johannes Koskinen, Director, Finland, Norway, Latvia;
  • Johannes Seiringer, Director, Austria, Israel, Cyprus, Malta, Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Klaus Stein, Director, Germany;
  • Dragoş Andrei, Alternate Director, Turkey, Romania, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Pablo Gasós, Alternate Director, Spain, Mexico;
  • László Havas, Alternate Director, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Croatia, Georgia;
  • Arnar Másson, Alternate Director, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia.

The Board Directors representing the Bank’s shareholders will be hosted by Matteo Colangeli, Associate Director, Head of Albania and accompanied by Holger Muent, Director, Regional Head of Western Balkans and Oleg Levitin, Deputy Director, Governance and Political Affairs.

To date, the EBRD has invested €1 billion in 77 projects in Albania. Infrastructure and energy are the largest sectors of EBRD investments, reflecting both the country’s most pressing needs and strongest potential.


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