Agriculture remains a priority sector for the Albanian economy.

As such, the German government has committed to financing a project to the value of €2million aimed at sustainable development and increasing the competitiveness of Albanian products.

This agreement aims to properly address the challenge of consolidating and orienting agriculture in Albania towards a more competitive one.

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bledi Çuçi and the director of GIZ, Hannes Cassens.

Minister Çuçi also expressed optimism that this project will be succeeded by another significant investment.

“After the implementation of this first program, we will reach another agreement for an additional fund of EUR 8 million.”

During 2018, exports of agricultural products saw a significant increase of 110 million euro.

On the occasion of the signing of the agreement, Minister Çuçi said that this package is entirely focused on realistic objectives.

The project outlines four main pillars of cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and GIZ. These are:

- The implementation of the Rural Development Strategy and Policies

- Promotion of the value chain of typical products in certain areas

- Improving Education and Enhancing Knowledge in Agriculture and Rural Tourism, and

- Enhancing capacities and knowledge in Agriculture and Rural Development.