Italian-Albanian Economic Forum kicks off in Milan

16:50, January 19, 2011      

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The first Italian-Albanian Economic Forum kicked off Tuesday in Milan in a bid to boost economic cooperation between the two countries.

The forum attracted 85 Albanian entrepreneurs and 550 businessmen from Italy's economic powerhouse region of Lombardy, of which Milan is the capital.

According to local media, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and other officials participated in the meeting.

"Tight relations between the two countries encourage Italy to support Albania's admission to the European Union in order to further fulfil its rich economic potential," Milan Mayor Letizia Moratti told the forum.

A number of cooperation projects between Albania and Lombardy region had been successfully carried out, Moratti said.

Italy, the Mayor said, was Albania's biggest trading partner, and many Albanian citizens had made Italy their second home. Albanian students made up 14 percent of the total foreign students in Milan.

Source: Xinhua

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