SHUKALB Organizes the 2nd Workshop of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in SEE” Project

Petrit Tare, President of SHUKALB; delivering the welcome speech at the opening of the 2nd workshop of the IAM Project
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On 6th and 7th February 2020, at Hotel Hilton Garden Inn in Tirana, SHUKALB and SHUKOS (The Water and Wastewater Works Association Kosovo) organized the second workshop of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe (IAM)” 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).

On 6th February 2020, at the same venue prior the workshop, the HUB Centre organized the second Steering Committee meeting.  During the meeting it was discussed on the progress of the Project implementation, lesson learnt and proposals to be addressed in Albania and Kosovo, including the Project Plan and a short description of the next stage (Gold Level).

The aim of the 2nd workshop, which started that day in the afternoon, was to present the results achieved during the 1st phase (SILVER LEVEL) of the project and also to introduce the second phase (GOLD LEVEL) of the project to public utility companies, national water associations and central / local level stakeholders from Albania and Kosovo, as well as to the donors and IFIs.

Elisabeta Poci, Deputy Executive Director of SHUKALB (R) and Nadire Vitija, Manager of Training and Professional Development, SHUKOS (L), moderating the workshop
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The workshop was attended by representatives from water utilities in Albania and Kosovo, government institutions as Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE) of Albania, Ministry of Economic Development of Kosovo, National Agency of Water Supply, Sewerage and Waste Infrastructure of Albania (AKUM), State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG), Water Regulatory Authority of Albania (ERRU), Water Regulatory Authority of Kosovo (ARRU), donors and international financing institutions such as European Union, the German Development Bank (KfW), World Bank, as well as other stakeholders in the water sector.

The workshop started with the welcome speeches by Petrit Tare, President of SHUKALB; Muhamed Suliqi, President of SHUKOS; Gabriele Lames, Program Manager, GIZ; Philip Weller, Head of Technical Secretariat, IAWD and Petros Kolovopoulos, Executive Manager, HCE, as well as the congratulatory addresses by Lindita Sotiri, Director, Program Development Directorate on Water Supply, Sewerage, and Waste Infrastructure, Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, and Adem Ahmetaj, Senior Officer for Regional Water Utilities Monitoring, Ministry of Economic Development of Kosovo.

Belina Belortaja, GIS Data Analysis Consultant, IAM Project, SHUKALB, presenting the activities and results achieved by water utilities from Albania during the 1st phase of the project.
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The workshop was jointly moderated by Elisabeta Poci, Deputy Executive Director of SHUKALB and Nadire Vitija, Manager of Training and Professional Development, SHUKOS.  During the 1st day of the workshop were presented the results of the first phase of the project in the Western Balkans by Georgi Hristov, Project Manager, GIZ ORF MMS, followed by presentations of the results of the first phase of the project in Albania and Kosovo, by the respective HUBs.  On the second day of workshop, on 7th February, were presented the next stages of the IAM project, the activities and timetable of the implementation, followed by the presentation of the phase II- Gold Level- Maintenance and Management, by Petros Kolovopoulos, Executive Manager, HCE.

After the presentations of the Silver Level progress and next steps to Gold Level, the participants were engaged to a questions and answer session regarding the specifics and details of the Project.

SHUKALB and SHUKOS invite all the interested Water and Wastewater Utilities, to register and participate at the “Asset Management – Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe” Project”.

Participants at the end of the 2nd workshop of the “Asset Management Advisory Services to Water Utilities in South East Europe” Project
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