ADFD Finances Strategic Projects in Albania Worth AED424 Million
Abu Dhabi,05 Mar 2018
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, welcomed a high-level delegation from Albania at its headquarters.
Headed by His Excellency Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, the delegation met with His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD and explored potential areas of cooperation.
His Excellency Ermal Dredha, Albanian Ambassador to the UAE, Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Deputy Director General of ADFD, and senior management representatives from the Fund also attended the meeting.
The two sides discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and Albania and explored ways of enhancing synergies in shared areas of interest. The meeting also examined ADFD’s leading role in financing development projects and achieving socio-economic progress in the East European nation.
Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi said: “The visit of the Albanian delegation marks an important step in bolstering cooperation between the UAE and Albania, especially with regard to development opportunities and assistance. Over the last seven years, ADFD’s special relations with the Albanian government have advanced steadily, with the Fund financing three strategic projects in Albania valued at AED424 million.”
Helping the Albanian government achieve its development goals, these projects have directly benefited large segments of the population through creating job opportunities and stimulating various economic sectors.
For his part, His Excellency Erion Veliaj praised the UAE’s development efforts and the achievements of ADFD in financing infrastructure projects that support economic and social development in various developing countries. He pointed out that the Fund’s projects in Tirana have contributed to the improvement of infrastructure facilities that have in turn boosted commercial activities and led to resurgence in the tourism sector.
In October 2017, a technical delegation from ADFD, visited Albania to review the status of three of its financed ventures – the Tirana River Rehabilitation project, Tirana River Northern Boulevard project, as well as the Tirana-Elbasan Road project.
The Fund allocated an AED103 million concessionary loan for the Tirana River Rehabilitation project in 2013. More than 70 per cent of the river rehabilitation works are now complete and the project is slated for handover by Q2 2018. Revitalising the bed of the Tirana River, its shores and the surrounding areas will greatly enhance the environmental and living conditions in the area.
ADFD’s second project in Albania - the Tirana River Northern Boulevard project - was funded with an AED137 million concessionary loan in 2013. Works include a two-storey underground car park with 333 parking spaces, equipped with an electric vehicle charging station. This project focuses on developing the infrastructure surrounding the Tirana River’s Northern Boulevard with the aim of attracting investments, tourists and trade.
The Fund’s third project in Albania, the Tirana-Elbasan Road project, is funded via an AED184 million concessionary loan. The works include the construction of a 28.2-metre-wide, 27-kilometre-long highway with a 2.2-kilometre-long two-lane tunnel. Once complete, the tunnel will ensure smooth flow of traffic between the Albanian capital Tirana and the country’s third-largest city of Elbasan.