Over 120 producers from all
Albanian territories attended the traditional fair "Buy Albanian" which opened
on Sunday in Pristina's "Zahir Pajaziti" square.
The fair is organized by Commune of
Pristina in conjunction with the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism,
Trade and Entrepreneurship in the Republic of Albania.
Director of Strategic Planning and
Sustainable Development in Pristina commune, Genc Bashota, at the opening of
the fair, said that this type of fair, which is held for the third time, has
drawn plenty of interest from producers.
"This year's edition showcases products
from over 120 producers from Kosovo, Albania and other territories inhabited by
Albanians, which means that Albanian producers and consumers have become aware
of products swap. The more we consume our products, the stronger our nation
will become," Bashota said.
For her part, Albanian Minister of
Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Milva Ekonomi,
stated that the fair is a landmark event for entrepreneurship in Kosovo and
"We are working together in order for
Kosovo and Albanian products to go through the landmark registration process,
because the consumer needs to feel protected and guaranteed once they consumer
a product," Ekonomi said.
Albanian minister also expressed satisfaction
with the fact that during one year there has been no procedural barrier to
Kosovo-Albania trade and vice versa.
"Pristina will remain the host country
of "Blej Shqip" fair, because so far it has made a success of it," Ekonomi
Meantime, the Albanian Minister also had
a meeting with her Kosovo counterpart Hykmete Bajrami. During their meeting,
they agreed that there were no barriers in the trade exchanges between the two
According to the two ministers of
economy, the past issues were resolved thanks to the enhancement of the
cooperation but also as a result of several economic agreements signed between
Albania and Kosovo.
Despite the excellent cooperation marked
so far, the two ministers called for more commitment to further expanding and
deepening such cooperation as in their view there is still room for improvement
in this regard.
They also pledged that the respective
authorities will do the outmost so that the businesses from both countries
encounter no obstacles in the trade exchanges.