“The integration of Agriculture and Trade 2014-2020” conference gathered in Elbasan city on January 26 the Ministers of Economic Development Arben Ahmeta and Minister of Agriculture Edmond Panariti, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Economy Commission for Europe Christian Bah and the Albanian ambassador to UN Filloreta Kodra, businessmen and local authorities which discussed about short and long term plans in boosting agriculture and developing economy’s key sectors.
Minister of Economic Development presented to business representatives and local authorities the achievements of the government and the initiatives undertaken during past year for the revival of agriculture, as a very promising sector for the economic growth. The economic model we should implement, declared Minister of Economic Development, is focused in the increase of domestic production and exports, and the effects of this growth must be transformed in unemployment reduction.
Speaking about the successes of government in reviving the economy in 2014, Ahmetaj highlighted the payment of $340 ml outstanding debts to businesses, foreseeing that in three years the entire debt will be paid to businesses regarding public services.
In addition, the Minister presented a new initiative for the reduction of bureaucracies for businesses, by merging the National Center of Registration with National Center of Licensing, and in amending the law on public-private partnership, aiming to increase the cooperation between the government and businesses, and vice versa.
He added that for the two next years, the amount of foreign investments in country will reach $1 bln, a record amount in last 20 years. Let’s consider this year a turning point of our economy and let’s work to have an economic growth of more than 4%, ended Ahmetaj.
On the other side, the ambassador of Albania to the UN stressed her continuous efforts in lobbying for Albania and in enhancing contacts between the UN and the Albanian Ministry of Economic Development. “Agriculture and trade are two important sectors for the economic growth and must be promoted by all of us,” declared the ambassador.
Even the Minister of Agriculture spoke about the achievements of the agriculture sector during 2014, stressing the cut of circulation and carbon oil taxes for fishers. Another effective measure, according to Panariti, relates to the veterinary reform which “has transformed the veterinary service into a unique one”, especially after the establishment of veterinary partnership between government and private veterinary centers.
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