Albanian Minister of Economic Development, Trade, Entrepreneurship and Tourism Arben Ahmetaj hosted in an one-day official visit the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Transport Zorana Milajlovic in Tirana capital, on February 5. The two Ministers held a joint press conference where they highlighted the key points of cooperation between the institutions they are in charge of and the respective sectors they cover.
Albania and Serbia have planned to start the realization of several important infrastructural joint projects for the construction of roads and a railway system that will connect Serbia with Albania in a short time. The discussed projects were the construction of roads: Nish-Pristina- Durres and Belgrade-Tivar- Durres as well as the construction of Serbia-Albania railway, projects that will be presented in the next regional Summit of Berlin.
According to Minister Ahmetaj, the economic collaboration with Serbia is of a mutual benefit for citizens of the two countries, by adding: “We talked with the Serbian Minister about a wide range of projects and this is an important step towards a stronger regional cooperation. The visit of Mrs. Milajlovic in Tirana comes in the framework of Berlin’s Summit initiative which proclaims cooperation and networking between countries as a very important element. This process will continue even during this year with a next meeting in Vienna in August.”
Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and at the same time Minister of Transports declared that Western Europe countries aim to integrate in the European Union and this requires a broader cooperation among them.
“Our priority is the construction of roads which connect Serbia with Albania. We already have established joint working groups and we hope we will finish the study of feasibility until May. Being aware of the current difficult situation in southern Albania, Serbia will provide help for flooded areas in this emergency situation,” declared Milajlovic.
Minister Ahmetaj also announced that working groups have been created for the start of these projects, which will be discussed further in the next meeting in April, 2015 in Belgrade. The official visit of Serbian Deputy Prime Ministers was held in the framework of the German Chancellor initiative for boosting regional collaboration in Western Europe.
News source/photo credits: ATA