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Macedonian-Albanian business forum.

The economic cooperation between Macedonia and Albania does not correspond to the level of political relations, the capacities of both economies and the fact that we are neighbors, said Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov addressing the Macedonian-Albanian Business Forum Thursday.

The energy sector and the infrastructure links, Ivanov said, are the key segments on which the two countries should focus in the future.

"We are aware that there is big potential for economic cooperation between our two economies. Therefore, we encourage an organized approach to exporting Macedonian products to the Albanian market, direct investments of Macedonian firms in Albania and vice versa, as well as establishing mixed companies. This encouragement is not only verbal but draws upon real efforts for creating a favorable investment climate," Ivanov said.

Ivanov and his Albanian counterpart Bamir Topi welcomed the idea of opening business centers in Skopje and Tirana for additional facilitation of contacts and cooperation. According to Topi, a priority of Macedonia and Albania should be the realization of Corridor 8 via intensive lobbying in Brussels and building roads connecting Tirana to Debar, Elbasan and Kjafasan.

"Both countries have the capacity to develop cooperation in mining and metallurgy besides tourism," Topi said.

According to him, a good politician is the one who thinks of the economy and of creating a legal framework for encouraging business. Some 100 Macedonian and Albanian businessmen attend the forum.
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Title Annotation:BUSINESS NEWS
Publication:INFOMAC Daily News Service
Geographic Code:4EXAL
Date:Apr 15, 2010
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