Western Balkan countries’ Prime Ministers and Ministers of Economy will attend the Western Balkans Summit for two days in a row, starting from Wednesday 26th. Balkan leaders and high representatives of the European Union will hold discussions for joint projects which aim to develop further the region of Balkan and about several current issues such as the migrants crisis, the assistance of the EU for important projects in Balkan countries, ect.
In the framework of this summit, the Albanian Minister of Economic Development, Arben Ahmetaj will be present in the event and has attended several important meetings with high representatives of Austria and other states.
The Minister paid a visit to the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria where he expressed interest in applying the Austrian model of vocational training for the tourism sector. As the Minister announced, the cooperation between the Albanian government and the University of Applied Sciences will be focused in three main pillars: exchange of information and experiences; the establishment of a vocational training center for the tourism sector and an Albanian-Austrian joint training program.
As he announced in his Twitter account, the Minister also met with the Salzburg Governor Wilfried Haslauer junior and the focus of their meeting was the increase of Austrian investment in the tourism sector and the free economic zones. Ahmetaj also had an informal meeting with the German Minister of Economy and their discussions where focused in the assistance Germany will provide for Albania in the European Integration process and other priority projects.
The Summit of Vienna is an initiative undertaken by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel as an attempt to engage Balkan countries in joint projects and to provide more assistance in these projects.
According to economy analysts, the discussions in the summit will be dominated by the current migrants crisis in Greece and other Balkan countries.
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