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Besnik Leskaj CEO Besnik Leskaj, Abkons CEO spoke to SeeNews and shared his views about the future of Western Balkans. Why do you think it is worth investing in the Western Balkans? I believe there has never been a better time to invest in the Western Balkans than now. If you look at the region, it has never been more stable and there has never been more cooperation and willingness to build bridges and relationships between the different countries. Of course, there are still some tensions, but the agreement over the name of North Macedonia, its eventual accession to NATO, the progress of the EU integration process, these have all g


Redi Basha, Abkons partner Abkons sees itself as more than a group of consultants. We feel a sense of responsibility towards the region in which we operate. We have developed an approach to drive forward project effectiveness while at every step bringing local people on board. And then add the rest of the text in the interview. Land goes to the heart of the identity and welfare of any community, not least in an agricultural context. Projects affecting use or ownership of land must tread with caution to mitigate the inevitable social, political and legal obstacles that emerge when land interests are threatened. A preferable approach

TAP Builds the Third Kindergarten in Skrapar, Albania

TAP and Skrapar Municipality inaugurated a newly built kindergarten in Çorovoda to the benefit of approximately 60 children. The investment of...

Abkons to chair a session at a flagship regional event

Redjan Basha, partner at Abkons, a leading regional multinational management consulting firm, will chair one of the four brainstorming sessions at the conference. The session participants will discuss issues related to land management and how to build great teams when combining international local experts. This year the conference will focus on the potential of the oil and gas resources, investment climate, infrastructure development in the Black Sea region, as well as address some of the topical questions related to the region. Abkons help institutions make lasting improvements working throughout the entire Western Ba

Rehabilitation of the Thanas Ikonomi School in Grecalli, Fier

The “Thanas Ikonomi” school is located in the Grecalli village, the Municipality of Fier. Built in 1975, the school has been gradually deteriorating to the point that some of the students stopped attending it due to safety concerns. TAP decided to rehabilitate all interior and exterior school facilities. More than 210 students now study in much better conditions. Works included wall plastering and tile laying; replacement of windows and doors; installing electrical and internet lines; bathroom repairs; etc. New furniture has also been purchased. €340,000 investment Special importance was also paid to energy efficiency and temperatu

TAP Unveils Ancient Building Complex in Albania

Tirana, Albania. During pipeline construction works, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) discovered a building complex spanning various historical stages. The site includes structures from the 6th century to the 17th – 18th centuries and is located near kilometre 137 of the pipeline route in Albania, close to the Fushe-Peshtan village, some 140 km from Tirana. The site was originally identified as an area of high potential during survey work undertaken ahead of construction. TAP and its cultural heritage contractor Abkons, carried out archaeological rescue activities and uncovered significant cultural heritage remains. Given the importance

TAP Provides Furniture for the Berati City Library

Tirana, Albania. On 29 March 2018, representatives of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Municipality of Berati visited the Berati City Library, which TAP furnished and equipped with a modern fire protection system. The investment, amounting to approximately ALL 16,000,000 or €121,000 will benefit the 100,000 residents in the town of the floating windows. n the framework of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme, the three reading rooms and the archive of the “Vexhi Buharaha” Library now have completely new furniture. In addition, TAP also donated 400 books (new titles), further enriching the library’s boo

TAP Rehabilitates the Water Supply System in Mbrostar, Albania

Fier, Albania. In March 2018, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completed the reconstruction of the Mbrostar water supply system in the Municipality of Fier. The new water supply system – an investment amounting to approximately €556,500 – now serves more than 10,000 residents in six villages in this region. The Mbrostar water supply system has solved the water supply issue in the villages of Petova, Makaj, Verri, Kallm, Mojalli and Mbrostar. Thanks to this investment, the old system, which had completely deteriorated, was replaced with polyethylene piping. In addition, two new wells were installed and the water depot in Petova was reh

TAP Rehabilitates the 4th School in Time for the New School Year

Ura-Vajgurore, Albania. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has completed another investment as part of its Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) initiatives to support the improvement of the school infrastructure along the pipeline route in Albania. TAP’s investment for the Pobrat school in the Municipality of Ura Vajgurore was approximately 170,000 Euro. More than 150 students of the “3 Dëshmorët” were able to begin their new school year in 2018, in a much-improved environment, providing better learning conditions. Thanks to TAP’s investment, the school’s outdoor facilities were completely redesigned and a green park and spor

TAP Provides €600,000 to Renovate School in Bilisht

Bilisht, Albania. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has provided €600,000 to completely renovate the “Fuad Babani” High School in Bilisht, Albania. The initiative is part of TAP’s Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme, improving the studying conditions for approximately 800 students. The school renovation included: refurbishing the internal and external school premises, renovating the gym and installing a central heating system. Committed to the highest safety standards, TAP also equipped the Bilisht High School with a fire alarm system and emergency exit stairs. TAP Country Manager for Albania Ad-Interim, Michele
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