Hong Kong-Albania Trade & Investment Forum

On 27th October, DMA was delighted to work with the Government of Albania, in extending its outreach to the business and investment community of Hong Kong and China as a whole. HE Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania lead a senior government delegation - including Hon Damian Gjiknuri, Minister of Energy & Industry and Gent Sejko, Governor of the Central Bank – as the government outlined its investment agenda in key sectors.

Located at the centre of a natural crossroads of major corridors in Europe, Albania is ideally situated to take advantage of its geographical positioning when engaging with markets in both East and West and has built an attractive, business-friendly environment with tax benefits and incentives for investment.This inaugural forum presented a unique opportunity to initiate vigorous, constructive dialogue between foreign investors and the government.

DMA would like to thank all those who supported the Forum and helped make it such a success.


1230-1330: Lunch and Registration

1330-1345: Welcome Address & Opening Comments
• Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, Developing Markets Associates

1345-1400: Keynote Speech
HE Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania

1400-1515: Session 1 – Economic Outlook and Overview
Chair: Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA
• Gent Sejko, Governor, Bank of Albania
• Christian Canacaris, Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank
• Samir Mane, Owner and President, Balfin Group
• Klodian Allajbeu, Chief Executive, American Hospital

1515-1545: Refreshments Break

1545-1700: Session 2 – Investing in Key Sectors
Chair: Genti Beqiri, Chief Executive, Albania Investment Development Agency (AIDA)
• Hon Damian Gjiknuri, Minister of Energy & Industry
• Michael Hoffmann, External Affairs and Communications Director, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
• Omer Aydiner, Board Member, Ayen-AS
• Gregor Joti, Chief Executive, Infosoft Albania​
• Zip Dhanani, CEO, Arian Resources

Q&A Session

1700-1715: Closing Remarks
HE Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania

1715-1830: Gala Networking Reception

Photo Credit: Blerta Kambo