Tirana, 25 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang said that China will invest in the construction and improvement of infrastructure in the ports of the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Sea in order to further boost cooperation.
The Chinese Prime Minister’s declaration was delivered during the opening ceremony of the fifth economic-commercial forum between China and Central and Eastern European countries taking place in Suzhou.
Mr. Li said that the 16 countries must value the role of medium and small sized enterprises.
Even in the meeting of Suzhou with the leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countries, PM Li expressed his belief in the strengthening of cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries, including ports in the Baltic Sea, Adriatic and Black Sea.
In this meeting, Albania is represented by PM Edi Rama, who has intensified his visits to China in the past two months.
Rama said that “Albania is a country with great potentials and ready to welcome investors from China and Hong Kong”.
Praising the traditional relations between China and Albania, which mark their 66th anniversary, the prime minister expressed his satisfaction that the relations are being strengthened even more by new projects. “In our point of view, the scope of this incentive is economic cooperation and the continuation of political dialogue. Relations between China and Albania, which mark the 66th anniversary, are very positive at the moment and I’m happy to underline that they are being strengthened in other aspects; the 16+1 incentive and Belt and Road projects are two other platforms that strengthen our relations. The connection between the city of Shantou, where the Silk Road begins in China, with the city of Durres, our second largest city, will pave the path for the development of the port of Durres.”
Stopping on several concrete projects, which are important for the development of the entire region, Rama stressed the engagement of the Albanian government to develop sectors of mutual interest. “Albania is working in order to boost tourism, which is a national priority and an instrument to improve growth and comprehensive development. Our country has a rich offer for tourists. In itself, tourism is closely linked with infrastructure, something which is very important for the development of the region. Along with the government of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, we are looking forward to the funding of the Adriatic-Ionian Highway, which we also call the Blue Corridor”. /ibna/