Session 1


Session 1

10:00 – 11:00 / 5 July 2022   Queen Geraldine

High-level panel discussion: National policies and priorities in mining, mineral processing, and renewable energy industries in the Western Balkans counties

Discussion themes

• Post-Covid19 regional economic cooperation strategies and priorities.
• Current and future role of Western Balkans countries in developing a sustainable supply of critical raw materials to Europe and globally.
• Large-scale infrastructure projects to support green economic development.
• Energy mix and cross-border cooperation towards a low carbon economy.
• Investment, trade, and technological opportunities in exploration, development, and processing of primary raw materials.
• A social contract for mining. Lessons learned and moving forward.

Martin Vickers
UK Trade Envoy to the Western Balkans
UK Government

Dr. Ilir Bejtja
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania

Florent Çiçe
State Adviser
Ministry of Economy of the Republic of North Macedonia

Vera Keljanovic
Director of the Directorate for Mining, Geology and Hydrocarbons
Ministry of Capital Investments of Montenegro

Kreshnik Thaci
Head of Investment Promotion,
Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency