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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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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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Kosovo’s Largest Foreign Investment Sets Tone for Innovation

Kosovo’s Largest Foreign Investment Sets Tone for Innovation

In a market saturated with tech-savvy youth demanding the coolest and expecting the best, IPKO is listening as one of Kosovo’s most innovative firms. By taking the perpetual pulse of the market’s Western lean the company is doing more than providing telecom services, they are allowing their users to insinuate [...]

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Domestic Player Forging Ahead in Foreign Dominated Banking Sector

Banka Ekonomike Executive Director: Ms. Merita Gjyshinca Peja

Ms. Merita Gjyshinca Peja, Executive Director of Banka Ekonomike, has a vision aligned with Western principles, more so, an enthusiasm which perpetuates it. Why she’s doing this is straightforward enough, by parlaying her many years of experience with Raiffesen Group, an Austrian bank rooted in best practices; how she’ll guide [...]

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