Tirana Economic Forum

Plaza Hotel

Tirana Economic Forum

Plaza Hotel

CHALLENGES FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

09:15 – 09:30 Opening statement H.E. Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania 09:30 – 11:00 Global Power Changes: The Impact for Albania and the Region Almost a decade after Albania joined NATO, and a few months after EU leaders reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans and the latter aligned themselves with the “Sofia Declaration” at the May 2018 EU-Western Balkans Summit, what is the current geopolitical state within and around Albania and the Western Balkans? And how are these geopolitics affected by the current global power shift from West to East? Opening statement Ditmir Bushati, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Albania Discussants Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, 2012-2017 √ H.E. Sanja Bujas Juraga, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Albania Leyla Moses-Ones, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the US to the Republic of Albania H. E. Luigi Soreca, EU Ambassador to Albania √ H.E. Eleni Sourani, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Republic of Albania Albert Rakipi, Chairman, Albanian Institute of International Studies √ H.E. Christina Vasak, Ambassador of France to the Republic of Albania H.E. Murat Ahmet Yoruk, Ambassador of Turkey to the Republic of Albania √ confirmed speakers Working languages: English and Albanian 11:00 – 13:00 Challenges for Sustainable Economic Growth and FDI proposals According to the latest OECD index on Competitiveness in South Eastern Europe, Albania is among the leading economies for FDI inflow measured as a percentage of GDP. Nevertheless, Albania has no good ranking in terms of FDI as a portion of GDP compared to the EU, the World Bank predicts the FDI inflow decline by 2019, and the country’s economic policies do not yet facilitate environmentally sustainable economic growth. What are the challenges hampering necessary structural reforms and how can they be effectively tackled? 11:00 – 11:15 Keynote statement Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Economy & Finance, Albania 11:15 – 12:00 Challenges for Sustainable Economic Growth √ Maksim Caslli, County Leader, Deloitte, Albania & Kosovo Ines Mucostepa, Chair, Union of Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Albania √ George Papanastasiou, CEO, Alpha Bank Albania Mark C. Crawford, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Albania √ Nikolin Jaka, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Albania 12:00 – 12:45 Developments and Foreign Direct Investments proposals √ Tom Kristian Larsen, President, Foreign Investors Association in Albania √ Rohan D’Souza, Chairman, Shell Companies in Albania Sokol Nano, Executive Director, Albanian Investment Development Agency √ Antonio Nidoli, Chairman, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Albania √ Silvio Pedrazzi, Council Advisor of Confindustria Albania & CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania 12:45 – 13:00 Keynote statement Gent Sejko, Governor, Central Bank of Albania 13:00 – 13:45 Light lunch √ confirmed speakers Working languages: English and Albanian 13:45 – 15:45 Infrastructure, Connectivity and Energy: Drivers of Long-term Prosperity Producing the greatest part of its locally consumed energy from hydropower, Albania is well ahead of all the EU member states in terms of the proportion of energy consumed from renewable sources. Nevertheless, unstable energy supply and frequent outages coupled with less developed transport and telecoms networks account for an aggregate index of average infrastructure development that is 70% lower than the EU average. How can Albania boost investment (public and/or private) in infrastructure so as to reap the relevant growth and FDI benefits? 13:45 – 14:00 Opening statement Damian Gjiknuri, Minister of Energy and Industry, Albania 14:00 – 14:30 Infrastructure and connectivity Achilleas Kanaris, CEO, Vodafone, Albania √ Yannis Kirkinezis, Business Development Director, Hill International √ Dimitris Tsolkas, Representative, Egnatia Odos S.A., Albania Branch Stephanie Sieg, General Manager, Tirana Business Park Edmond Spahiu, CEO, Albstar 14:30 – 15:00 Setting targets towards a viable energy model Arber Avrami, CEO, AlbGaz Franceska Bona, Idroenergia Albania Ilia Gjermani, Head of Oil Sector, Ministry of Energy and Industry, Albania Frident Kuqi, CEO, Europetrol Albania √ Stathis Natsis, Executive Director, Overseas Business, TERNA Malfor Nuri, Country Manager, TAP √ Erlet Shaqe, Chairman, Albania Energy Association √ Anita Shushku, Chair, Albanian Renewable Energy Association 15:00 – 15:30 Financing prospects √ Guido Clary, Country Manager, European Investment Bank, Albania √ Matteo Colangeli, Head of EBRD, Albania Dmitry Pankin, President and CEO, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank √ Evis Sulko, Senior Country Operations Officer, World Bank, Albania √ Björn Thies, Country Head, KfW Albania 15:30 – 15:45 Keynote statement √ Erion Veliaj, Mayor, Tirana Municipality √ confirmed speakers Working languages: English and Albanian 15:45 – 16:45 Realizing the Travel & Tourism Potential According to London-based World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Economic Impact 2018 country report, Albania’s tourism and travel sector’s direct contribution to the country’s economy is expected to grow to 9.3% by 2028 (from 8.5% in 2017), forecast to grow by an average of 4.7% per annum over the next decade. How can enhancements in infrastructure, connectivity and FDI unlock Albania’s untapped potential in the sector and make the travel and tourism industry one of the key drivers of economic growth? Opening statement Blendi Klosi, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Albania Discussants Albin Gega, Director, Albanian National Tourism Agency √ Stela Dhami, Managing Director, Colliers International, Albania Silvija Lovreta, Director SEE International Hotel Development, Marriott International √ Rolf Castro-Vascuez, CEO, Tirana International Airport