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    A Successful Meeting with the Minister of Finance and Economy, Mrs.Denaj and the Italian Ambassador Mr.Cutillo for the Development of Italian-Albanian SME Financing Program

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    Today, on June 26, 2019, was organized with the participation of the Minister of Finance and Economy, Mrs.Aila Denaj, the Ambassador of Italy in Albania, Mr. Alberto CUTILLO, Italian Cooperation, Italian Trade and Investment Agency (ICE), Confidustria Albania, The Albanian Development Investment Agency (AIDA), a round table on "The Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania".

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    Workshop: "Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of Entrepreneurship, Growth and Competitiveness. Establishment of the Business Consortium``-Elbasan 6 December 2018

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    Following the planned activities in the districts, on 6 December 2018, in the city of Elbasan, was organized the activity "Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of entrepreneurship development, Growth and Competitiveness. Establishment of a Business Consortium ". This event was organized under the auspices of the Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania.
    Experts developed this PRODAPS & IASME promotional activity to support lending, manufacturing and processing, to create a unique, long-lasting and sustainable system that encourages Albanian entrepreneurs' investments, given that the program considers as the primary beneficiaries of enterprises operating in the manufacturing and processing sector and in the less developed areas of the country.
    The loan line and program guarantee fund provide for conditions with major financial advantages, interest rates up to 3% for loans in Euros and guarantee fund coverage up to 60% of the required loan, for investment projects carried out by special categories of SMEs (in the manufacturing and processing sector, agro-processing, exporting, located in the most backward areas of the country, or those that have a positive impact in terms of creating employment opportunities, reducing pollution or producing energy from renewable sources.

    Workshop: "Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of Entrepreneurship, Growth and Competitiveness. Establishment of the Business Consortium "

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    In cooperation with the Regional Development Agency of South-West "Vlora". On 1 November 2018, a seminar on "Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania was organized in Vlora to respond to a new phase of Entrepreneurship, Growth and Competitiveness. Establishment of a Business Consortium ". The purpose of this activity was to train and inform on the financial and non-financial components of the Program, the various players at production and processing levels along the value chain. The seminar was attended by 40 participants from the Vlora region, including producers, agroprocessors, farmers, woodworking entrepreneurs, construction materials, representatives from the regional directorate of agriculture and private trade associations and banks.

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    Seminar "Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of Entrepreneurship, Growth and Competitiveness. Establishment of the Business Consortium "- Saranda 31 October 2018

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    Following the planned activities in the districts, on October 31, 2018, in the city of Saranda, was organized the activity "Albanian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of entrepreneurship development , Growth and Competitiveness. Establish a Business Consortium "". This event was organized under the auspices of the Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania, in close cooperation with the "Regional Development Agency of South-West Albania" Vlore. The objective of this activity was to provide information and access to finance through the promotion of financial instruments and support programs available to the Albanian private sector, aiming at creating a communication space between venture-seeking entrepreneurs and banks or public actors who could 'financially respond to this demand, thus reducing costs and time to find the most appropriate funding line for Albanian entrepreneur projects. Participants in the meeting were small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as representatives from private commercial banks and representatives of business associations.

    Visit of the Italian-Albanian Program in the Lombardy region of Milan, Italy

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    The Italo-Albanian program on its visit to Milan, Italy, organized important meetings for all those Albanian businesses that want to develop and develop partnerships for the development of their business between the two countries. These meetings were made possible by "Regione Lombardia", "Camera di Commerce Milan "and" Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza and Brianza ". The Italo-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania in cooperation with these institutions aims to strengthen partnerships by benefiting from the Italian experience of financial and non-financial models in support of SMEs. The program held meetings with representatives of the Lombardy region, which consisted of the financial instruments provided by this region, for increasing competitiveness and providing SME advocacy support. The Program Management (PMU) had a fruitful meeting with z. Manilio Illumi, Director of Economic Development of Milan, Italian Chamber of Commerce. This meeting focused on enhancing future cooperation between the two institutions, building bridges, and facilitating partnerships between Italian suppliers and Albanian entrepreneurs.

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    Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of development of Entrepreneurship, Growth and competitiveness

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    Following the planned activities in the districts, on 12 October 2018, in the city of Korca, was organized the activity "Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania to respond to a new phase of development of Entrepreneurship, Growth and competitiveness ". This event was organized under the auspices of the Italian-Albanian SME Development Program in Albania in close cooperation with the Regional Development Agency (Korça). The objective of this activity was to provide information and access to finance through the promotion of financial instruments and support programs available to the Albanian private sector, aiming at creating a communication space between venture-seeking entrepreneurs and banks or public actors who could 'financially respond to this demand, thus reducing the costs and time to find the most suitable funding line for Albanian entrepreneurs' projects. During the meeting there were 50 small and medium sized enterprises from the Korca region as well as representatives from the bank private trading and business association representatives. During this activity, various experts discussed the various opportunities to support local businesses through funding schemes. The Director of the Italian-Albanian SME Development Program Management Unit in Albania after delivering f launched a presentation on "SME Financing - Financial and Non-Financial Instruments of the PRODAPS & IASME Program in Support of SME Development", which are designed to improve access to finance for Albanian SMEs , by creating favorable conditions for the realization of productive investments. He praised the potential of this economic zone, as well as the large number of SMEs concentrated in this region, both of the nature of production, processing, agro-processing, farmers, wood processing and construction materials, etc. During this expert activity of PMU addressed issues related to the opportunities, conditions and pathway that SMEs should pursue to take advantage of the financial opportunities offered in favor of their development from the PRODAPS & IASME Program.

    Workshop: “The Italian-Albanian Program for the Development of Albanian SMEs responding to the challenges of a new development stage of Entrepreneurship, Growth and Competitiveness”

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    The Italian-Albanian Program for the Development of Albanian SMEs, in close cooperation with the Durrës Chamber of Commerce, held in the city of Durrës an activity with topic “The Italian-Albanian Program for the Development of Albanian SMEs responding to the challenges of a new development stage of Entrepreneurship, Growth and Competitiveness”. Approximately 40 small and medium-sized enterprises from the region of Durrës, and representatives of private commercial banks and business associations participated in the meeting. During this activity, different experts discussed on different opportunities to support the local business through funding schemes. During the activity, the PMU experts addressed issues related to the opportunities, conditions and the path to be followed by the SMEs in order to benefit from the financial opportunities provided for their development by the PRODAPS & IASME Program. The workshop also focused on the grants that the Program has provided in support of businesses, and particularly SMEs, in order to enhance their capacities and to improve their access to international markets. The round-table held by the end of the workshop enabled the identification of companies with a high interest and need for assistance from consultants and funding from the Program for all Italian machineries required by them. The information workshops organised by PRODAPS & IASME shall continue to expand to other districts of Albania.