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Albania: Premier Rama, almost no taxes for entrepreneurs

Without Italy, 'my country would not be where it is today'

19 September, 16:54
(ANSA) - BARI, SEPTEMBER 19 - "Albania is today space where Italian entrepreneurs can invest without being terrified by taxes and bureaucracy. Everything they dreamed of having when they listened to my dear president Berlusconi, they have it now in Albania: an almost tax-free country", said the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, participating at the international forum 'The Blue Economy in the Mediterranean Sea, Development and cooperation opportunities', organized by the Puglia Region, Polis Avvocati, Deloitte Legal, PugliaSviluppo, Farefuturo Foundation at the Fiera del Levante in Bari.

"Whoever invests in Albania today in five-star tourism - explained Rama - has 10 years of no tax activity and 6% VAT. In terms of taxes, we are a normal country, but compared to Italy we are an earthly paradise." "Without Italy, Albania would not be where it is today and would not have the courage to dream and go further," he added. Rama spoke of "friendship ties but also common interests" with Italy and in particular with Apulia, with the sea acting as a natural link between the two countries. "The sea is a discovery for us," he said, explaining that "whereas Italy is located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, for us Albanians the sea has always been the space from which the danger came." "Today, instead - Rama continued - we can only gain if we get together to expand this tourist space, surely taking advantage of the fact that Puglia has become an increasingly attractive destination and Albania is also experiencing a strong tourism growth, given that we have doubled the number of tourists in the last four years, from 2.9 to over 6m per year, but we have to respond with hospitality and infrastructure capabilities." "There is a great desire on our part to nourish this tie with Puglia," he added, "because we look at it as a region of knowledge. We are also really interested in connecting out universities, research centers, and health services: we take care of all the investors who come from across the border, but especially the Apulians, who know that our doors are always open, since they don't have to lose time waiting for a permit or a license." (ANSA).

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