Wirtschaft Albaniens - Ekonomia e Shqipërisë - Economy of Albania
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Wirtschaft Albaniens - Ekonomia e Shqipërisë - Economy of Albania
In diesem Thread kommen alle Wirtschaftliche/Politische/Infrastrukturelle usw. Nachrichten über Albanien rein..
3e steigerte den Umsatz
Heuer will die Welser Heimwerkergruppe den Markt Albanien in Angriff nehmen
Linz - Die Heimwerkergruppe 3e mit Sitz in Wels konnte den Umsatz 2008 im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um 4,4 Prozent auf 540 Mio. Euro steigern. Die Handels- und Dienstleistungs AG ist mit vier Werkzeug-Vertriebskonzepten (Let's do it, Toolpark, E-Norm und Bad & Co) am Österreichischen Markt vertreten. Sie hat insgesamt 285 Mitgliedsbetriebe in Zentral- und Südosteuropa. Details wurden in einer Pressekonferenz am Dienstag bekanntgegeben.
Die 170 österreichischen Händler - fünf weniger als noch 2007 - konnten 2008 in Summe ein Umsatzplus von 2,3 Prozent auf 395 Mio. Euro verbuchen. Deutlich stärker zulegen konnte mit plus 10,7 Prozent auf 145 Mio. Euro der Umsatz der 115 Mitgliedsbetriebe auf den acht internationalen Märkten. "Die Länder sind nicht alle gleich von der Finanzkrise betroffen, differenzierte 3e-Vorstand Günther Pacher die Geschäftsentwicklung im Osten. Die stärkste Entwicklung beobachtete der 3e-Vorstand in Serbien und Montenegro. Auch in den ersten vier Monaten des heurigen Jahres sei hier der Umsatz nahezu unverändert geblieben. Anders in Ungarn, wo es zu Jahresbeginn Umsatzrückgänge von bis zu 30 Prozent gegeben habe.
Keine Prognose für heuer
Generell könne man aber für heuer noch keine seriöse Prognose abgeben, so Pacher. Nur so viel: Die ersten vier Monate seien unterschiedlich verlaufen. Im ersten Quartal hätte es wetterbedingt Umsatzrückgänge im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gegeben, erklärte er. Der April hingegen wäre für viele Fachhändler wieder sehr gut verlaufen. "Die Endverbraucher sind nach wie vor in guter Kaufstimmung. Aus Angst vor Geldentwertung wollen sie ihr Geld lieber ausgeben und in nachhaltige Werte wie Haus und Hof investieren. Davon profitieren unsere Mitglieder sehr stark", erklärte der Vorstand. Getrübter sei die Stimmung aber unter jenen 35 Prozent der Mitgliedsbetriebe, die vermehrt Gewerbe- und Industriekunden bedienen. "Hier war im Sommer 2008 noch alles paletti, dann hat der Konjunkturmotor zu stottern begonnen", so der 3e-Vorstand.
Für heuer plant die Welser Handelsgruppe den Markteintritt in Albanien. Im Juni werden dort zwei Let's-do-it-Märkte eröffnet, im Herbst sollen vier weitere folgen und in den nächsten vier Jahren soll es bereits 20 Märkte in Albanien geben. "Wir werden die Albanien-Expansion wie geplant durchziehen. Gerade in Krisenzeiten haben wir die Gelegenheit, Marktanteile aufzubauen. Der Markt ist reif dafür", so Pacher. Auch in Rumänien wird die 3e-Gruppe bald mit Märkten vertreten sein, die Akquisitionsarbeiten seien bereits angelaufen. Die Kaufkraft in den CEE-Ländern schätzt Pacher deutlich höher ein, als in den Statistiken angegeben. Der Werkzeughandel profitiere hier auch von Gastarbeitern, die im Westen Geld verdienen und sich damit in ihrer Heimat ein Zuhause aufbauen wollen.(APA)
EC to grant 60.9m euros to Albania
The European Commission (EC) announced it would grant 60.9m euros to Albania as part of its pre-accession partnership.
The funds will finance 24 projects in administrative reform, education and rural infrastructure, in order to bring Albania closer to EU membership.
EC Ambassador to Tirana Helmuth Lohan and Albanian EU Integration Minister Majlinda Bregu also signed an agreement worth 3.1m euros to help Albania rebuild a village near Gerdec, damaged in the deadly munition blast a year ago. The funds will finance the reconstruction of a school, water supply and sewage system. Opposition parties plan to commemorate victims of the tragedy Sunday.
In other news Monday, President Bamir Topi submitted his application for a new electronic ID card and called on others to follow his example. He noted the new identity documents would enable citizens to vote in the June parliamentary elections and would make travel to EU countries easier. Separately, Interior Minister Bujar Nishani rejected claims by opposition parties that the process for issuing new ID cards had failed. He said that all those who applied in February could expect their cards now.
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Bankers Petroleum of Canada shows 10.6% lower Q1 oil output in Albania
Canada-based oil and gas output company Bankers Petroleum Ltd. announced that daily production at its Patos Marinza oilfield in Albania decreased by 10.6% in the first quarter on the year to 5,864 barrels a day.
Revenue in the first quarter was 9.7 million euros (USD13.1 million), down by 47% from 18.3 million euros (USD24.7 million) a year ago.
Net operating income totaled 1.9 million euros (USD2.6 million), down by 80.21% from 9.6 million euros (USD13.0 million).
Bank loans fell to 19.9 million euros (USD26.9 million) at the end of the first quarter from 22.3 million euros (USD30.2 million) a year earlier; and 20.8 million euros (USD28.1 million) on December 31, 2008.
Bankers Petroleum has exclusive rights to Patos-Marinza, a two-billion-barrel resource.
IFC approves loan to further privatize Albanian heavy oil field
WASHINGTON, DC, May 13 -- International Finance Corp. agreed to financially support further privatization of Albania's Patos Marinza oil field with a $50 million loan to Bankers Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, the World Bank Group member said on May 11.
Bankers operates and has full rights to develop the Patos Marinza and Kucova heavy oil fields under a 25-year license agreement with the Albanian National Agency for Natural Resources, and a petroleum agreement with Albania's national oil company, Albpetrol SHA, according to information posted on Bankers Petroleum's web site.
Patos Marinza is the largest onshore oil field in continental Europe, with about 2 billion bbl of oil in place, it added. IFC, which also approved a $5 million environmental term loan to Bankers, said that it also may make an equity investment of up to $9.5 million.
Its announcement came hours after the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London said that it plans to make a similar $64.5 million financial commitment.
IFC said that Bankers' Albanian subsidiary has been operating a small portion of the Patos Marinza field since 2004. The expansion of its activity will modernize the field's operation by transferring specialized technical knowledge to a largely local workforce, it said.
This will contribute revenue to Albania's government and help promote foreign investment in the country's petroleum industry, IFC added.
The loans also will support significant environmental improvement in one of Europe's most badly polluted oil fields following decades of mismanagement, both multigovernment financing institutions said. They said that Bankers will clean up existing wells it takes over and help reduce pollution and oil field contamination as it expands its activities.
IFC said that the United Nations Development Program classified Patos Marinza as one of Albania's pollution hot spots. It said that since the cleanup involves additional stakeholders, IFC and EBRD have established a working group to formulate environmental and social strategies. The agencies already have spoken with Albania's ministries to secure their support, and with the European Union to align ongoing initiatives, it added.
Bankers said it is in the process of creating a development plan for the second field, Kucova, which it expects to use a combination of reactivations, recompletions and secondary recovery techniques such as waterfloods.
IFC approves loan to further privatize Albanian heavy oil field - Oil & Gas Journal
Business: Albania, Cyprus register economic growth
The IMF announced on Monday (May 11th) Albania and Cyprus are the only countries in Europe that recorded economic growth in the first quarter of 2009. In its latest report, the IMF said Albania and Cyprus recorded increases of 0.4% and 0.3%, respectively.
The 34th edition of the Cyprus International Fair will be held in Nicosia in late May, CNA reported on Tuesday (May 12th). More than 1,000 companies from Cyprus and 20 foreign countries, including Greece, Romania, Spain, Syria and the United States will showcase their products and services at the fair. The event will promote a number of business sectors -- including homes and design, machinery and high technology.
The European Investment Bank approved on Tuesday (May 12th) a 400m-euro loan to Ford Romania to fund production of more energy-efficient vehicles. Last January, Ford said it intends to invest in modernisation of the Craiova-based factory to reach an annual production of 300,000 engines starting in 2011.
The international credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has downgraded Greece's outlook to negative from stable over further fiscal deterioration, the news site reporter.gr reported on Tuesday (May 12th). Fitch affirmed the country's foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at "A" and its short-term foreign currency IDR at "F1".
Bulgarian Economy Minister Petar Dimitrov predicted on Wednesday (May 13th) that the economy will contract 3% to 4% in the first quarter of 2009, ahead of official statistics due on Friday (May 15th). Forecasts by local economists go hand in hand with Dimitrov's latest statement, mostly because of reduced growth in the services sector.
There were 263,785 registered unemployed in Croatia in April, an increase of 7.6% year on year, the national employment service announced on May 8th. Compared to March, though, unemployment fell 1.3%, reflecting the characteristic April increase in seasonal employment.
Business: Albania, Cyprus register economic growth (SETimes.com)
Albania calls for Iran’s co-op in its economic infrastructure
ATHENS – The Deputy Minister of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunication of Albania Stavri Ristani in Tirana on Thursday called for the promotion of Iran-Albania cooperation in the fields of transportation, communication, and economic infrastructure.
In a meeting with Iran’s ambassador to Tirana Ali Eqbali Zarch, Ristani said that the sides have great economic potential that has to be used to boost relations, IRNA reported.
He noted that Albania has witnessed a revolution and great progress in its infrastructure such as the construction of highways and ports, water resources management, telecommunication affairs and power plants, and called for boosting cooperation with Iran in these fields.
He also said that the two countries have to prepare the grounds for the sides’ private sectors to have cooperation for the promotion of bilateral economic ties.
Referring to Iran’s great capabilities in the fields of transportation, road building, power plant construction, dam building, housing, and telecommunication, Ali Eqbali Zarch said that “Iran could cooperate with Albania in these fields.
tehran times : Albania calls for Iran?s co-op in its economic infrastructure
Albania reports success in issuing new ID cards
The interior ministry announced new data Thursday (May 21st) regarding the production and issuing of new electronic ID cards. More than 1 million citizens have applied for the cards, while 830,000 cards have been produced since the process began in December. ID cards and passports are the two valid documents voters must present before casting their ballots at polling stations for the June 28th parliamentary election. Until now, voters had to present a birth certificate. The introduction of the electronic ID cards has suffered problems and delays.
Albania reports success in issuing new ID cards (SETimes.com)
Croatia, Albania to strengthen economic co-operation
President Stipe Mesic and visiting Albanian counterpart Bamir Topi vowed on Wednesday (May 20th) to boost bilateral co-operation and strengthen economic ties. As part of Topi's three-day visit to Croatia, the two leaders met and agreed that after completing NATO accession, EU integration is now a strategic goal for both countries. "We are aware of the fact that the road towards the EU is long", Topi said, pledging Albania will implement all necessary judicial reforms to meet EU standards. Mesic, in turn, noted Croatia's border dispute with Slovenia has blocked Zagreb's accession process. Croatia favours arbitration to end the row.
Croatia, Albania to strengthen economic co-operation (SETimes.com)
Albania to Invest 800 Million Euro in Development of Ohrid Lake Shore
Albania will invest 800 million euro in tourism development in its part of the Ohrid Lake shore and the town of Podgradec, Prime Minister Sali Berisha told national media today.
The investment will make Podgradec and the Albanian shore of the Ohrid Lake into an impressive tourism centre, Berisha told the Shekulli national newspaper.
The funds, which are included in the Ecological Protection of Lake Ohrid programme, will be co-financed with Germany, the Prime Minister explained. He added that the sewer system in Podgradec will be constructed according to European standards.
Once a favourite summer escape for many communist government officials and particularly Enver Hoxha, the town of Podgradec went into a state of decay and disrepair after communism in Albania collapsed in the early 1990s. But in recent years, it has slowly began to revive and catch up its neighbouring town of Ohrid on the Macedonian side, which has enjoyed immense popularity as a summer resorts both among Macedonians and tourists from the region.
In trying to bring the town to its former glory, private investors and the government have started spending funds on rebuilding and refurbishing hotels and improving infrastructure.
Balkan Travellers - Albania to Invest 800 Million Euro in Development of Ohrid Lake Shore
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