The Albanian authorities are holding talks with China regarding giving by concession the Shengjini harbor but the agreement will not be signed during the official visit of PM Edi Rama in China since the Chinese part hasn’t made public a specific offer. The agreement will be signed after the pairs agree on the technical and economical conditions.
Sources from the Ministry of Transports suggest that the Albanian authorities are attempting to achieve a beneficiary agreement with China and that the Shengjini harbor may be given for use upon approval ( on concession), for at least 25 years.
This is not the first attempt of the Albanian government to give the Shengjini harbor for use upon approval. In 2009, one year after Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, the former PM Sali Berisha announced that the Shengjini harbor would be given by concession to Kosovo. The Kosovar authorities and many experts were skeptics about this declaration, since Kosovo as a new state couldn’t make the necessary investments in this harbor.
News source: Shqiptarja.com
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