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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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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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AmCham Montenegro

AmCham Montenegro

The American Time’s takes a moment with the Executive Director of AmCham in order to discover more about the perplexities of Montenegro’s business environment. What opportunities exist outside tourism? Certainly we can discuss opportunities beyond tourism; however, it is the sector that deserves the most attention. When I arrived [5 [...]

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Montenegro Construction: Top Private Sector Only Company Zetagradje

Montenegro Construction: Top Private Sector Only Company Zetagradje

The American Times takes a seat at the Headquarters of Zetagradje, one of Montenegro’s most successful construction firms, to get a clearer understanding of the business environment from the perspective of a homegrown success story. Sometimes when a country lacks an entrepreneurial environment it is best to contact those that [...]

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Quickly Becoming Kosovo’s “Golden Child” Company

Quickly Becoming Kosovo’s “Golden Child” Company

We strive to be as original as possible when conducting our work; however, the factors that drew us to Pestova Company, located in Vushtrri, just 30 minutes outside the capital of Pristina were the same as everyone else: They produce a value-added, export oriented product in the agricultural sector in [...]

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BKT-Kosovo: People are the Path Forward

BKT-Kosovo: People are the Path Forward

The American Times spends an easy morning with Country Manager of BKT-Kosovo, Mr. Abdurrahman Balkiz, a leader in the banking sector, advocate for customer-oriented growth and frankly, all around nice guy. It may seem cliché in the business world to reiterate what has become rather innocuous statements such as: ‘that [...]

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