Established cooperation between Albanian and Dutch water authorities

On 31 October, the Tirana Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (UKT) together with the Dutch Drinking Water Company ‘’Dunea’’ and the Regional Water Authority “Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland” signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the Hague. The main purpose of the meeting was strengthening the cooperation in the field of potable water and waste water collection and treatment, by sharing the best Dutch experiences and practices.

The event also hosted a business roundtable with Dutch companies, serving as an excellent occasion for interested companies to get more insight in current and future investment opportunities. A broad spectrum of sectors like tourism, port management, water, agriculture, energy, textile, engineering and architecture were covered.

The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, together with representatives from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Albania and the Embassy of Albania in the Netherlands were present at this event.
In his remarks following the signing ceremony, Mr. Veliaj said that the agreement marks the beginning of a long-lasting cooperation aimed at exchanging best experiences in the use of water resources and cities’ development.

“I really appreciate seeing a concrete agreement in place with regards to our cooperation. This is only a first step towards a strengthened partnership in this key sector,” said Veliaj. He also held meetings with business community representatives to talk about Tirana’s competitive advantages for enterprise development and invited them to invest in Albania.

Representatives from the Municipality of Tirana, UKT and the Netherlands’ Embassy also attended the Water Week conference in Amsterdam. Tirana’s Mayor Erion Veliaj actively participated in the event by giving a presentation, after which leaders from successful cities, industries and utilities brought their water cases and solutions to the table.