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1 Foreign Investors Association of Albania Invest in ALBANIA The Time is Now!

2 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Where we are located Location:South East Europe Area: 28,000 sq.m Population: 3.2 million Avg Age : 31 yrs Language: Albanian Climate: Mediterranean & Continental Temp Avg 6.80C-23.90C, Rainfall Annual Avg mm Location:South East Europe Area: 28,000 sq.m Population: 3.2 million Avg Age : 31 yrs Language: Albanian Climate: Mediterranean & Continental Temp Avg 6.80C-23.90C, Rainfall Annual Avg mm

3 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Increasing Stability Memberships…. World Trade Organization (WTO) United Nations (UN) International Monetary Fund (IMF) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Stabilization Association Agreement signed on 12 June 2006 (SAA) North Atlantic Treaty Organization membership to be signed (NATO) in October 2007

4 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Macroeconomic at a Glance Economic growth 6% GDP per capita USD Inflation 2.2% Budget deficit 4.9% of GDP Stable currency 124 lek = 1 Euro, 95 lek = 1 USD (2007) The unemployment at the end of 2006 reached 13.9% High export growth rate, with the domination of imports in Foreign Trade (75 % of total volume of Export-Import)

5 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Infrastructure Infrastructure Main Government Priorities: Pan European corridor VIII Durrës-Kukës-Morinë road linked to corridor VII will be ended 2009 North-Central road (Hani Hotit-Shkodër-Gjirokastër-Kakavijë) Source: Ministry of Public Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication, 2006 Map of Corridor VIII Varna (Bulgaria) – Durrës (Albania) Albania a natural crossroad for major transit corridors in Europe

6 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Market Access Albania is a gateway of the SEE Free Trade Area- duty free access to 55 mil. People Flight time from the Albanian capital, Tirana to major European cities approximately within 2 hours Ports - The main ports are Durresi, Vlora, Shengjini and Saranda.

7 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a A large majority of trade flows are still geared to the EU countries Exports to EU in 2004 as % of total Albania*89.6 BiH55 Bulgaria58.2 Croatia64.6 Macedonia56.4 Moldova30.1 Montenegro48.4 Romania82.6 Serbia54.5 SEE AVERAGE70 Imports from EU in 2004 as % of total Albania*68.7 BiH54 Bulgaria54.1 Croatia69.5 Macedonia47.2 Moldova32.8 Montenegro43.7 Romania76.4 Serbia50.2 SEE AVERAGE64

8 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Financial Sector 15 Foreign Banks National Commercial Bank (BKT), ProCredit Bank (Germany), Raiffeisen Bank, American Bank of Albania, Emporiki Bank, Credins, Banca Italiana di Sviluppo, Alpha Bank, International Commercial Bank, National Bank of Greece, First Investment Bank, Banka Popullore etc International Financial Institutions which co-finance private and public sector projects: EBRD, IFC, WB… Investment Protection: MIGA- World Bank, OPIC, Exim Bank, OECD, SACE, etc. 33 bilateral agreement

9 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Valuable Human Resources Source: UNDP in Albania Multilingual Work Force

10 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Liberal FDI Legal Framework No limitation on the percentage share of foreign participation in companies percent foreign ownership is possible No prior government authorization is needed and no sector is closed to foreign investment. Foreign investment may not be expropriated or nationalized directly or indirectly, Albania's tax system also does not discriminate against foreign investors Foreign investors have the right to expatriate all funds and contribution in kind of investments. Most favorable treatment according to international agreements is also provided

11 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Tax Regime Government Reforms Tax on Profits ( from 1 st January 2008 )10 % Tax on Personal Revenues (from Sept 1 st 2007) From 0% to 10% V.A.T20% Dividends, Interest, Royalties from patents 10% Social and Health Insurance -Employee -Employer 31.2 % 20% 11.2%

12 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a * 2006** FDI Track Record ( ) by mln USD

13 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Improving the business environment - new opportunities Remove of Administrative Barriers Government Achievement, policies etc Concession Hydropower Plants, etc Draft-Law “On Incentives” Initiative “Albania 1 Euro” Industrial Parks and Free Zones Ongoing implementation of the FTA EU & Balkans SA Trade Liberalisation –late October- November 2006

14 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Why Foreign companies should invest in Albania Political Stability and economic growth Historical and cultural linkages Geographical proximity Easy access and crossroad to EU markets Extensive language skills Available skilled labour force Total labour costs lower than comparable countries Pre accession Agreement Adaptable and flexible workforce Lower costs of transport

15 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Investment opportunities Investment Opportunities in Specific Sectors –Tourism and Infrastructure –Mining (chromium) and oil extraction: export oriented –Utilities: hydropower, electricity and water service sectors are still in the process of privatization –Manufacturing: textile and garments, shoes and leather, agro- processing –Financial services & Business support services : customer contact centers, expert solution centers, data entry –Agriculture Privatization

16 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Mineral resources as chrome, copper, nickel and coal Limestone estimated to 130 million tons of marble and stone reserves Oil and Gas estimated at more than 400 mln tons. Since 1928 extracted and produced 40 mln ton Albania’s natural resources include its Mediterranean climate and location and unspoiled beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers, history, culture

17 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Tourism Sector Coastline 450 km GDP Contribution 4.7 % (2005) Albanian Tourism Industry generated around $1.9 billion in 2005, will grow to around $3.5 billion by 2015 * travel and tourism demand expected to grow in by 15.9 % per annum (in real terms) * Governments New Strategy for Tourism Development Source: * World Travel and Tourism Council

18 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a The textile and garment sector Lowest labor costs in Balkans and Eastern Europe More than 100 foreign companies Extensive tradition of garment production Qualified and adaptable labour force Application of modern technologies Brand leaders The most important share in Albanian exports

19 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Service Sector Service sector comprise 45.2%of GDP The competitive advantages –Multi-lingual workforce (Italian 70%, English) Availability of skilled staff (65% of the population 15 and 65 years of age) –Lowest labour costs in Europe Compared to Eastern Europe, investors can save up to two-thirds of wage costs and services wages in Albania are typically around one-fifth the level of West European countries. –High quality office space –Advanced ICT infrastructure Multiple ISPs are innovative and offer fast DSL connections. GSM service full coverage

20 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Footwear and Leather Fastest growth in exports worldwide 6th largest exporter of shoe uppers worldwide Lowest labour costs in the Balkans and Eastern Europe Over 20,000 skilled workers 100 shoe and leather companies Turnaround your design and export in just 24 hours 55 million costumer market, next door

21 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Infrastructure Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication released: -List of tenders for construction of roads, bridges across the country Open to international tenders are roads : Durres –FYROM - Bulgaria which will link: - North to major European corridors - South to Istanbul

22 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Privatization Opportunities in Albania In Energy The privatization of the power distribution sector at the Albanian Electro-energetic Corporate (KESH s. a.), and generation sector In Hydrocarbons The privatization of ARMO sh.a. through concession form The restructuring and privatization of Albpetrol s. a The privatization of the Oil Mechanic Factory s. a in Kuçove In Water Supply and Transportation Mother Theresa International Airport is given in concession for a 20 years period to the Consortium “Airport Partners” Durres Port cereal and grain terminal concession; Trainferry Terminal Concession Water supply systems in Berat and Kuçove Insurance INSIG – the only one state owned insurance company in the market. It operates in Albania, Kosovo and in Macedonia for the non-life insurance. 39% of shares owned by IFC and EBRD

23 F o r e i g n I n v e s t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A l b a n i a Welcome to Albania


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