A Fresh Look at Albania - Goodman Derrick host business event before the England v Albania Football World Cup Qualifier

A high level delegation of Albanian politicians, diplomats, business people, football stars and other interested parties attended A Fresh Look at Albania at Goodman Derrick’s office in the City of London.

The event was conceived to help delegates gain an overview of the recent and projected economic success of the country, it coincides with 100 years of diplomatic relationships between Albania and the UK and the crucial Football World Cup Qualifying match between the two nations.

Overviews were provided to help attendees better understand the sectors which are driving an annual growth rate expected to be 5% including renewable energy, tourism, education, agriculture, construction and manufacturing. Presentations were provided by:

  • Erion Veliaj, The Mayor of Tirana
  • Qirajako Qirko, The Ambassador of Albania to the United Kingdom
  • Alastair King–Smith, The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Albania
  • Alastair Campbell, former Press Secretary to Tony Blair
  • Lavdrim Krashi MP in the Parliament of Albania

Sessions were moderated by rising stars of business from the British Albanian community and filmed by ALB UK TV.

The event concluded with a live interview with Armando Broja, Bekim Albaj and Frédéric Veseli from the Albanian national football team, provided by  Elson Bajrakurtaj, Managing Director of Elysium Construction, who also sponsored the event and provided Albanian wine from the Medaur winery in Koplic. Elson also introduced England, Arsenal and Crystal Palace football legend, and friend of the Albanian FA, Ian Wright. Mr Wright provided his trademark insightful analysis and offered strong encouragement to the Albanian team who are hoping to field Broja, the in-form Chelsea and Southampton striker.

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