First ever Gozo Plenary Session of the Malta-Albania Business Forum
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The Gozo Plenary Session of the Malta-Albania Business Forum has just taken place – the first of its kind to take place in Gozo.
During her address President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that, “Gozo has its own particular characteristics and has great potential for more business to develop.” the Session was also addressed by the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta.
She went on to explain that the Gozo Plenary Session was organised, “because we are convinced that both our business communities will find relevant counterparts to explore possibilities of potential collaboration and partnership.”
“Collaborations and partnerships can take place in diverse areas of interest including financial services, construction, healthcare, education and training, transhipment and logistics, tourism, hospitality, and the teaching of English as a foreign language,” added the President.
On the subject of tourism, the President said this is “not only an economic operation – we must see it as an opportunity for person-to-person connections and friendship-building between our two peoples.”
Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana welcomed the Albanian Trade delegation to Gozo and said Gozo is experiencing an economic growth without precedent – especially in the past five years – when the Gozitan island experienced a substantial increase in the Gross Domestic Product of €80 million.
Dr Caruana went on to explain that Gozo’s economic development will continue to experience growth due to ongoing and planned ambitious projects for the island.
The Minister encouraged local businesses in Gozo to take this quality step needed to begin searching and exploring new opportunities.
Dr Caruana also pointed out that Gozitans, along the years, have had to surpass various obstacles – which helped in the formation of the national identity.
She wished the best to all Gozitan entrepreneurs to take this opportunity during this business forum and augured success.
“Today’s business forum is further proof that the bilateral relationship between our countries is geared towards enhancing our economies’ competitiveness with the rest of the world whilst contributing to economic growth and job creation,” said Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Chris Cardona.
During the Session an historic Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Gozo Business Chamber and the Chamber of Commerce and Investment of Tirana.
Minister Cardona said, “the signing of today’s MoU will further promote the relationship with Albania, to build a future with mutual benefits, joint development, and economic prosperity.”