Albanian, Kosovo ministers discuss energy
May 15, 2008 - BBC Monitoring
The [Albanian] Minister of Economy, Trade
and Energy Genc Ruli held a meeting on Thursday
(15 May] with for ministers from Kosova [Kosovo],
respectively Minister of Energy Justina Pulja,
Minister of Economy and Finance Ahmet Shala,
Minister of Trade and Industry Lutfi Zharku
and the Minister of Tourism and Territorial
Planning Mihar Jagxhillari.
Talks between Ruli and Kosovar ministers were
focused on cooperation between two energy systems,
increase of trade exchanges, sharing expertise
in different economic domains, tourism etc.
Minister Ruli stressed the importance of governmental
agreements between two countries after the declaration
of the new Kosova state.
Dwelling upon the importance of developing
projects on energy sector, largely favoured
by thermo and hydro power generation capabilities
of both energy systems, Minister Ruli said that
"the construction of 400 kilovolt transmission
line between two energy systems is very crucial.
The German development bank KfW has already
completed the feasibility study of the 400 kilovolt
transmission line and we are making efforts
to provide the financial means".
According to Ruli, the aforesaid project is
of a very importance to our regional energy
market as the energy sector remains one of the
major challenges the region and entire world
Likewise, Ruli emphasized the need of increasing
trade exchanges between two our countries and
realization of several important agreements
on boosting economic cooperation in different
fields and sectors.
On their part, Kosovar ministers expressed
their pleasure of increasing cooperation between
our countries and stressed the need of further
consolidation of economic ties.
Source: ATA, Tirana, in English 1418 gmt 15