Investing in Albania: in Tirana ICE seminar on energy, water treatment and urban waste.Direct investments in Albania have reached 328,9 million in the first half 2010 registering an increase of 19% compared to 2009 and the private sector now controls, through 120 thousand companies (although largely under 5 employees), over the 80% of the economy. To ensure stable and gradual growth of markets and a progressive absorption of foreign capital in important sectors of local development, the government is supporting the process of privatization and bureaucratic simplification. An example of this is the initiative presented in recent weeks since Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy Nasip Naço, who illustrated the facilities for issuing permits for the construction of hydroelectric power plants. If before you needed 23 free way from various institutions, now all the authorizations will have to be asked in a single solution to the National License Release Center e after only 4 days the application will be filed with the Ministry of the Economy.
The ministerial said that the de-bureaucratization will soon affect the procedures for obtaining licenses in the energy sector. The reduction of administrative obstacles is also bearing fruit. Confirmation comes from the registration of new companies at the National Registration Center: at the end of the 2009, according to the data of the Albanian Institute of Statistics, the number of companies rose to 106.477 against the 104.750 companies that were active at the end of the 2008.
In the 2010 the new legislation on foreign investments, on the other hand, facilitated the arrival of new capital by facilitating entry, eliminating preventive authorizations, removing any limitation on the percentage of foreign capital (ie it is possible to hold the 100% of the company), introducing equal treatment of local and foreign investors both in terms of legal activities and structures and in the application of the tax system. Considering that besides being first trading partner with a share of around 35%, Italy is also first investor by number of companies e first bilateral donor, ICE, Agency for the promotion abroad and internationalization of Italian companies organized the 3 April in Tirana a seminar entitled "Regulatory framework, opportunities and supplies in the energy sectors, water treatment and urban waste in Albania". The objective is twofold: to present the latest public interventions in the legislative field to support entrepreneurial activities in the energy sectors, water treatment and urban waste and promote collaboration between Italian and Albanian companies, also with a view to a public partnership -private. Moreover, alongside the traditional investment sectors of small Italian companies already present in the Albanian territory (construction, textiles, footwear, services), increasingly large and medium-sized industrial groups are appearing on the market attracted by the growth prospects of the energy sectors(hydroelectric, wind, thermoelectric, biomass, interconnection network, cement plants) and infrastructure (ports, road and railway roads).
The seminar (Info: firstname.lastname@example.org ) will take place at the Hotel Tirana International. Officials from the National License Release Center (QKL) will participate, explaining the procedures for obtaining the authorizations necessary to carry out economic activities and the evaluation criteria used to grant concessions. The session also foresees the intervention of the representatives of theAlbanian Investment Development Agency of the Albanian Ministry of Economy (Aida),Albanian Natural Resources Agency (Akbn), Ministries of the Environment and Public Works which will provide a complete picture of the short and medium term intervention policies. Insights into financing will come from international organizations operating in Albania such as la World Bank e the European Bank for Research and Development (EBRD).
Finally, to promote the inclusion and development in the Albanian market of Italian companies producing machines and equipment for alternative energy plants, there will be B2B meetings of companies operating in the urban waste, aqueduct and canalization sector.
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