Under the organization of the Diaspora Business Chamber, the 3rd Summit of the Diaspora Business Women was held yesterday in Tirana. This year’s theme, “Women for Sustainable Development”, brought together successful women in different professions, who work in different countries around the world.
In addition to the leaders of the Diaspora Business Chamber, the Summit was attended by representatives of state institutions from Albania and Kosovo, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations that promote the role of women in society.
The vice president of the Albanian Diaspora Business Chamber Mrs. Elisabeta Katiaj in her opening speech said that this third summit aims to provide support for Diaspora entrepreneurs and the local business community.
The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, in his speech noted that investments and reforms have made Tirana a city where a woman can do business more easily.
The Honorary President of the Business Chamber of the Albanian Diaspora, Lazim Destani, in his motivational speech said, “During my experience of over 50 years in Europe and around the world, I have met very honorable ladies who have been one of the main pillars of our society and they are making our society more stable and stronger.”
The Executive Director of the National Diaspora Agency, Mrs. Sonila Hysi in her speech presented the contribution made by the Agency in strengthening the role of women in the diaspora. The project-proposals, which aim and prioritize the strengthening of the role of women in society, in business, in culture, placing a special emphasis on promoting the entrepreneurial skills of women in the diaspora, creating a favorable climate for increasing the number of women entrepreneurs as well as stimulating investments from the diaspora through the startup ecosystem.
While the Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Artemis Malo said, “Today we have gathered here for two major reasons. To unite the feminine force in the birth and evolution of innovative products. But also to embrace each other in our journeys, with the common goal, the promotion and successful networking of the role of women in the Albanian Diaspora.”
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of Kosova, Liza Gashi, in her speech emphasized the strengthening of the role of women in the public sphere. Gashi said that migration is a global challenge, but in the case of our countries, it is a challenge that can be overcome by cooperating closely with the women of the Diaspora. Through this cooperation, they can build the future in their country and not by leaving the country, said Gashi.
The general objective of the Summit was to promote women’s leadership, improve the public-private dialogue for new engagement opportunities and increase the role of women as business leaders. Participants also benefited from information on new markets, business and investment opportunities, while there was no shortage of advice and support regarding issues currently affecting their businesses and also discover how to grow their businesses.