Further strengthening of bilateral relations, especially in the framework of economic cooperation was the focus of the meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Arben Ahmetaj with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who has started his tour of visits to the region with Albania.
Tourism remains the key sector, but the parties expressed commitment to cooperation in other priority sectors of the economy in the following.
“We also discussed today ways to strengthen and expand our trade and our bilateral cooperation.”, says Zbgniew Rau, Polish Foreign Minister.
“In the framework of our economic cooperation, tourism is one of the key areas. We have managed to establish direct flights and this is significantly contributing to the increase in the number of tourists. We also discussed today the ways for the growth of Polish companies in sectors such as infrastructure, energy or other sectors of interest for the part of Polish enterprise“, Said Deputy Prime Minister Arben Ahmetaj.
The Polish Minister said that Poland supports Albania for its membership in the European Union and stressed the need to continue reforms.
“We work closely together within NATO. Poland also fully supports Albania’s aspirations in the European Union ” said Minister Rau.
“I take this opportunity to thank Poland for its continued support for Albania’s European perspective, especially for setting the date for the first intergovernmental conference, a decision that we hope the member states will take as soon as possible. “Albania and Macedonia have met the conditions and our hopes still remain for a decision during the French presidency”, added Ahmetaj.
Last year, about 112 thousand tourists came to Albania from Poland, almost 5 times more than in the pandemic year 2020, while the share of Polish foreign investments remains low. In terms of trade volume, at the end of 2021 import-exports between the two countries amounted to over 115 million euros.