Tirana, September 9, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama started today for a five day visit to China, in the framework of the World Economic Forum which will be held in Tianjin, in East China, IBNA reports.
The head of the Albanian government arrived today in Beijing (photo) and was received by Chen Guo You, vice director for Europe at the Foreign Ministry. Rama is expected to preside on Wednesday the interactive session “The success of a new creative economy” in the World Forum held in Tianjin, East China.
In his agenda, Mr. Rama has also planned a meeting with his counterpart, Li Keqiang.
Prime minister Rama has pointed out the importance of the bilateral relations between Albania and China and the priority that the Albanian government has made out of the regional projects in the domain of transport, infrastructure and energy.
Meanwhile, yesterday, Rama told journalists that communication channels were opened with the Chinese government for several projects.
“With the Chinese prime minister, we will discuss on several projects for Albania, launched by the Albanian government”, said Rama.
On Thursday, the prime minister will hold a lecture for students and academics at the University of Finance and Economics of Tianjin.
Rama has previously met with the prime minister of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang in the meeting of the heads of governments of Central and Southeast Europe with the prime minister of China on November 26, 2013 in Bucharest.
It’s still not known if Mr. Rama’s agenda will also discuss the holding of the Chinese Summit with the participation of 16 countries of central and southeast Europe, where Albania is among them.
This is the third year that this summit is held in Europe, after the one in Warsaw in 2012 and Bucharest last year. The Chinese government has not yet chosen the capital which will host in December 2014 this summit. Prague and Belgrade are potential candidates. Some say that following Rama’s visit to Beijing, Tirana may be added to the list. /ibna/