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Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of EU Funds and Economic Policies

Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of EU Funds and Economic Policies

  Deputy Prime Minister Donchev, thank you for joining us today. In your position you are in charge of EU Funds and Economic Policies. Can you elaborate on a few of the key tenets of this position? EU financing is about 10% of public expenses but 72% of our public [...]

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Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria on Sectors of Opportunity and Bulgaria’s Finances

The American Times Presents: Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov

  Mr. Borisov, you were Prime Minister in 2012 as well. What are some things you are looking to accomplish this time around or what would you do differently?   Unfortunately, we have to handle our national finances, something we were unable to do back in 2012. As a result, [...]

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Kosovo’s Largest Telecom Provider, PTK acting CEO Speaks about Privatization and Customer Care

PTK acting CEO, Mr. Mehdi Latifaj

Spending an enlightening hour with acting CEO of PTK, one of Kosovo’s most successfully run state-owned companies, Mr. Mehdi Latifaj, exhibited a passion for customers and employees alike whilst pragmatically offering his stance on the privatization process of the company. In the west we are not accustomed to working for [...]

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Simon Shiroka – Kosovar Artist

Simon Shiroka – Kosovar Artist

The American Times was on site at Opening Night for the Simon Shiroka Exhibition in Tirana. This event was perfectly positioned for representation in this particular edition; attending an art premier in Albania of a Kosovar artist. Through this kind of event one cannot help but reaffirm the synergy between [...]

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Pope Francis in Albania: Make it a Year-Round Event

Pope Francis at Presidential Palace - Albania

Religious figures, well, for that matter, religion as a whole, generally play a nil role in an American Times project. However, in this instance the Pope’s visit to Tirana, Albania on September, 20th 2014 is worthy to mention for a few reasons. Albania is a country that like many small [...]

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Prime Minister Hopeful, Ramush Haradinaj: People, Politics and Privatization

AAK President and Prime Minister Contender, Mr. Ramush Haradinaj

A gracious host and premier hopeful, Ramush Haradinaj provides a barebones perspective of what exists in Kosovo for the foreign investor and what he can offer his people. It’s important to note these two topics are not mutually exclusive, they represent the whole picture of what modern day Kosovo and [...]

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Art & Trashegimi (Albanian Art & Heritage)

Art & Trashegimi (Albanian Art & Heritage)

In 1943 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote: “There is only one problem, a single one, in the world. To give back to humanity a spiritual significance, spiritual concerns. To let rain on them something that resembles Gregorian chanting. (…) We cannot go on living on fridges, politics, card games and crosswords! We [...]

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3CIS – Kosovo’s Would-be “Golden Child”

US Ambassador, Tracey Ann Jacobson (front row, first) and 3CIS Managing Partner, Gezim Pula (front row center)

Founded in 2008 by Kujtim Tali, 3CIS represents a company that any developing nation should be proud of: A homegrown, 100% value-added exporting, mid-size employer of highly skilled workers trained in-house. Those same countries tend to also have a “golden child” company that governments enjoy flaunting to foreign investors as [...]

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Ghana’s Most Exciting Oil Investment

Ghana’s Most Exciting Oil Investment

  The Ghana IPO was stellar – how has it changed the company? The most important thing with the initial public offering (IPO) is to give Ghanaians the chance to own part of the company, so it was a really good thing to do. It helps build relationships there with [...]

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Societe Generale – Foreign Player Developing Montenegro’s Banking Sector

Societe Generale – Foreign Player Developing Montenegro’s Banking Sector

  The American Times receives a strong perspective on the Montenegrin marketplace from the country’s foremost manager in the banking sector, Ms. Branka Pavlovic Why did Societe Generale decide to enter the Montenegrin market? Societe Generale is one of the major European banks which successfully implement its Universal banking model [...]

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