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Fostering Inovation for Sustainable Growth

Tirana, Albania –round table ''Fostering Inovation for Sustainable Growth'' was held on 7 th November 2013 in the framework of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and under presidency of the Republic of Albania, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship.

The purpose of the Round Table is to promote economic cooperation in the Adriatic and Ionian area by establishing business alliances and trade relations, investment projects partnership, networking with SME community representatives, policy makers and government officials.
Meeting was chaired by Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Entrepreneurship Ms Brunilda Paskali. In her welcoming address, she stressed that: the Albanian Government ‘s Foreign Policy relies to the Euro-Atlantic path, excellent relations with EU, increasing Albanian credibility in the Region; working to attain the EU Candidate Status and improving cooperation with neighboring Countries.

One of the highlight priorities that was mentioned for the future Italian presidency (Jul–Dec 2014) was a blue growth – the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole.

The chair of the business woman association in Albania Ms Flutura Xhabija, stressed the role of this association in participating in different activities in AII area. She also stressed the need for tailored support for woman led companies in business innovation.

SEECEL team was represented by Ms Efka Heder SEECEL Director and Ms Marija Iličković Seconded/National Expert from Montenegro. Ms Efka Heder, emphasized the importance of the development of the business culture and entrepreneurship as well. She also added about the contribution of the Center in Croatia and SEECEL's commitment in serving all the countries in the region in terms of education, long life learning and supporting of entrepreneurship skills.

The representative of AII Secretariat Ms Vitoria Muzhani, on behalf of AII Permanent Secretariat thanked the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Entrepreneurship, in the person of its Deputy Minister Ms Paskali, Mr Sykja and Ms Demeti, for hosting and organizing the Round Table on SME-s and thanked the representatives of the AII countries for participating and giving their contribution to sustainable economic and social prosperity of the Adriatic and Ionian region.
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