PM: "Time to separate the legal business from the criminal one"

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By Tirana Times January 31, 2020 12:26

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  • “With the fiscal program we will see every activity online and monitor it and this will prevent a great deal of wrongdoing by the administration itself. The second step is the tracking and search system, from food products to drinking water and medicines. Any gas outlet from the distribution network will be tracked. This is good news and I am happy that after so many years of work, we are ready to bear the fruits of what we have created. Everything will change the situation for corruption and bribery,” he said.

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TIRANA, Jan. 30 - The second Economic Forum was held on Thursday in the capital, Tirana, where Prime Minister Edi Rama delivered the opening remarks and said that one of the year's challenges will be separating legal businesses from criminal ones.  

According to Rama, this forum is a platform of dialogue that continues between all actors and factors of economic development, in order to move faster in the function of strengthening the national and household economy, through healthy cooperation between the public and private sectors.

"Thank you very much for the invitation here. Hundred years ago on January 30, 1920 we had the Lushnja convention which is a very important event in the building of our state, a state that always has eyes from the west in terms of its development," Rama said.  

Speaking about achievements in figures, the head of government focused mostly on the importance of reducing unemployment and foreign investment in the country.

"And since I know when it comes to economics that people don't eat and drink the figures, but want to know where tomorrow's going to be, I have a lot of figures here, but I'm summing them up. We have had the lowest rate for 25 years, according to the World Bank, and I know that immediately those who are following us will say that it happened because people have left, but no, it is not about that. Another figure, that of foreign investment, has seen progress," Rama said.

Speaking about what needs to be improved, Rama stressed the business sector.

"Let me talk about the challenges, we need to improve the business climate, the behavior of the administration, we need to improve especially the business related part. This year we will have significant results in this regard," he said.  

According to Rama, the plan for this is to have 95 percent of digitized services online by 2020, so that those who do business do not go to a physical address to apply for what they need, so everything is transferred to the internet and that this will change the nature of communication.

"Through a government decision we decided that all applications must be answered within the legal deadline, and for any breach there will be a fine for those who violate it, they will pay out of pocket for delays caused to citizens," he said.  

The fiscalization program was another point that Rama emphasized.  

"The second step in dealing with businesses is the fiscalization program that will bring results within this year, so that all transactions will be transparent. We are far from this today because we sketch transparency of business-to-business transactions, which means there is a lot of shade in this," he added.  

"With the fiscal program we will see every activity online and monitor it and this will prevent a great deal of wrongdoing by the administration itself. The second step is the tracking and search system, from food products to drinking water and medicines. Any gas outlet from the distribution network will be tracked. This is good news and I am happy that after so many years of work, we are ready to bear the fruits of what we have created. Everything will change the situation for corruption and bribery," he said.  

However, at the end of his speech, Rama also spoke about organized crime as one of the biggest problems.

"We know that one of the most problematic factors is organized crime and extortion, we are going to talk about a crime deal, asking every convicted person so far to prove that the assets coming from legitimate businesses, otherwise they will all be taken . So it's a message both legal and illegal business.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 31, 2020 12:26