Today, Mayor Erion Veliaj attended a meeting of the Economic Council of Tirana, where he introduced some of the economic initiatives that are expected to directly affect the economy of the citizens. Veliaj also announced that one of the areas to be developed in the next 4 years is also Zogu i Pare Boulevard. In addition to the reconstruction underway, this axes will turn into an area where bars, well-known fashion or clothing lines will have their chain stores, thus transforming the area to look similar to commercial streets in various European cities.
“We want to turn the area into a shopping district. This is why we want to start the investment, so there is no change in quality from the Skanderbeg Square to the New Boulevard where the train station used to be. I would also like to recommend to all business owners and investors, that this is the ideal time to invest in Zogu i Pare, as we want to support the investments with extraordinary quality” said Veliaj. Another initiative that will bring positive effects both for entrepreneurs and for employment in Tirana will be the establishment of the Free Economic Zone. Veliaj announced that the process of application to the Albanian government is concluding, and this business development project will soon be green lit.
“We are on the verge of announcing and applying to the government for what is called the economic zone of Tirana or TEDA. We have identified a 60 ha area in Kashar. We are completing a business plan for Kashar’s free economic zone. We have seen models in Romania and Macedonia, but i think we’ve got the best of these models, “ Veliaj said.
Veliaj also talked about the creation of a new agro-food market that would also positively impact businesses, farmers, agriculture and increase employment.
“We identified a number of properties in the Lundra area, on the other side of the city, mainly to provide services of very fertile areas such as the Erzen valley. All former communes, starting from Krraba, Petrela, Bërzhita, Farka, and then Baldushku and Vaqarri, an area in the Erzeni Valley near the Lundra terminal will provide us with the opportunity to set up our agro-food market, in order to break this monopoly, to also make sure that the farmers earn more by not paying input fees in wholesale markets, and to make sure that the consumer has a cheaper product as opposed to a product overloaded with non-national and artificial taxes, on products that lead a growing commodity, 1 km of aerial-distance from every Tirana home, to be sold as if it just came from Tokyo. Hence, we made a decision at the last City Council, where we established our agency called Tirana Agro, which will be the collection point and food market operator. Our ambition is to be an alternative to the agro wholesale market, as well as we want to become a business aggregate, “said Veliaj. Tiranapost.al