Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha concluded his two-day Italian visit yesterday in Rome. The Prime Minister's trip and the related institutional agenda were the result of the work of the Fare Futuro Foundation, chaired by former deputy minister Adolfo d'Urso, together with Confindustria and Unioncamere.In fact, it was Urso who did the honors, also offering a dinner on the evening of 6 in May, which was attended also by the mayor Alemanno and the president Polverini. Berisha was accompanied by Minister Bumçi, Deputy Minister Bozdo, the Albanian Ambassador to Italy Kola, as well as a large group of entrepreneurs and members of his staff.
In fact, the day of the premier's meetings, 7 in May, began at the headquarters of Confindustria, where a large group of politicians and entrepreneurs attended a presentation of the country's economic opportunities. Urso gave an overview of bilateral relations, and emphasized the convenience of investing in Albania, defining it "China close to us". Berisha, speaking in Italian to the audience, described a country with low fiscal pressure, with strong incentives to invest and above all ready to make legislative changes to attract even more foreign investors. Minister Terzi, who arrived a few minutes late, made a speech on bilateral relations based mainly on encouraging data on commercial exchange. In the audience there were also the Italian ambassador in Albania Gaiani and Ambassador Bova. Former minister Lunardi was also among the participants.
During the morning session an important agreement was signed between Poste Italiane and Poste Albanese. The Italian side will be the official advisor of the Albanian counterpart for the evolution of its services. Soon there will be the possibility of having double Postepay to conveniently transfer money to Albania, even via mobile phone with Postemobile service. The morning continued with reports from the Albanian economy minister Bozdo and with meetings between Italian and Albanian companies.
At 11, Prime Minister Berisha had a courtesy meeting with the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, while at the 12 he went to a highly anticipated meeting with Prime Minister Monti. The press room of Palazzo Chigi was full as never before of journalists and cameramen. Almost everyone is more interested in the Trotta affair, rather than bilateral relations Albania - Italy. "Italy confirms Albania's first economic partner with exports reaching around 1145 million, with an increase of 18 per cent compared to 2010, and imports that have reached 657 million, reaching 14% in more " - said Prime Minister Monti. Berisha, this time in Albanian, in addition to giving thanks for the hospitality underlined the great help given by Italy for the process of approaching the EU. "It was Italy that guaranteed the other countries that with the visa liberalization there would not be a new exodus - said the premier - and for this reason we would always be grateful" - concluded Berisha. Once again, quoting former Italian premieres as Craxi and Andreotti as inappropriate, Berisha invited his interlocutor to visit Albania during this jubilee year. At the end of the respective speeches, it was not possible for any press representative to ask questions.
In the early afternoon, before leaving for Tirana, Berisha met with the president of the Chamber Gianfranco Fini, pointing out once again the ties between the two countries and also this time inviting him to visit Albania again.
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