SHUKALB Organizes Kick-Off Workshop of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe” Project

Arbana Kola, Manager of Training and Professional Development, SHUKALB, moderating the workshop
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On 26th February, at Rogner Hotel Tirana, SHUKALB organized the kick-off workshop on launching the Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe” Project for water utilities in Albania and Kosovo.

The workshop was jointly organized with the Deutsche Gesellchaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Hydro-Comp Enterprise (HCE), Cyprus, and it was supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy in Albania, and the International Association of Water Utilities in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD).

The aim of the workshop was to introduce and present the project to the participating water utility companies from Albania and Kosovo, government institutions, donors, international financing institutions operating in Albania and Kosovo, as well as other stakeholders involved in the water sector.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the Water Utility Companies from Albania and Kosova, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, GIZ, Albanian Water Regulatory Authority (ERRU), German Development Bank (KfW), European Union, World Bank, IAWD, Hydro-Comp Enterprise, Compower GmbH Germany, International Finance Institutions (IFIs), as well as SHUKALB and SHUKOS.

Dr. Gabriele Lames, Program Manager, GIZ; (standing at the podium) during her speech at the workshop
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The workshop started with the welcome speeches by Mr. Petrit Tare, President of SHUKALB; Mr. Muhamed Suliqi, President of SHUKOS; Mr. Peter Wolf, Sector Fund Manager, GIZ ORF MMS; Dr. Gabriele Lames, Program Manager, GIZ; Mr. Philip Weller, Head of Technical Secretariat, IAWD and Dr. Petros Kolovopoulos, Executive Manager, HCE, as well as the congratulatory addresses from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, by Mrs. Lindita Sotiri, Director, Program Development Directorate on Water Supply, Sewerage, and Waste Infrastructure.

The workshop continued with the presentation of the agenda and the objectives by Ms. Arbana Kola, Manager of Training and Professional Development, SHUKALB, and the introduction of each of the present representatives from water utilities.  The agenda included topics related to the introduction of the Project such as, “Questionnaire Response & Initial Utility Assessment – Results from Albania and Kosovo”; “Overall Review in 4 countries– Results Achieved”; Program Description- Network Asset Management Principles & Live Demonstration” and “Overall 3-year Project Plan & responsibilities for all parties during year 1”.

After the presentation of the Projects topics, the participants were engaged to a questions and answer session regarding the specifics and details of the Project.  At the end the participants were introduced to the next steps of the Project.

SHUKALB and SHUKOS invite all the interested Water and Wastewater Utilities, to register and participate on the “Asset Management – Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe Project”. For any inquiries and registration process, you may reach out to Arbana Kola at arbana.kola@shukalb.al, Mob. +355 (0) 69 70 81 664.

Participants at the end of the workshop of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe” Project
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