OTP Bank Albania welcomed today, on October 24, through a special and significant visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Mr. Péter Szijjártó. His visit to the newly inaugurated branch the day before in the Block area, created a very friendly atmosphere filled with optimistic messages.
After presenting the branch environment, services offered, etc., Mr. Bledar Shella presented Mr. Szijjártó with the progress of the bank, its activity since joining the OTP Group and the group’s strategy for the Albanian market for the years to come. In his statement to the media, he said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome today to our newest branch of OTP Bank Albania, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, which is also the country of origin of our bank. The fact that OTP Bank is present in Albania is very positive for the relations between the two countries. We hope that OTP Group, which is a leader in Central and Southeast Europe in 12 countries, will become also the leading bank in each of these countries. Entering the Albanian market comes with great ambitions, but these ambitions apart from the banking sector, will be accompanied by the arrival of many Hungarian investors. Our bank will definitely be a bridge between the two countries as well as offer these businesses the opportunity to find a suitable ground for their investments in Albania.”
Meanwhile, in his press statement, Mr Péter Szijjártó expressed his appreciation for OTP Bank and shared his beliefs about the positive impact of this group wherever it is located and it is investing.
He further added: “We are proud of OTP presence in the Albanian market. OTP Bank is not only the leading bank in Hungary but one of the leading companies, generally speaking. Where ever OTP Bank appears, it has a very positive impact on the economic relationship. The Hungarian companies definitely look at OTP presence in a country as a matter of credibility. If they see that their bank is present in a given market they will have more enthusiasm and more encouragement to come. For Hungary, the best cooperation in the western Balkans is extremely important. We put a lot of emphasis in building a better and more enhanced economic cooperation in the countries of the western Balkans, including Albania and OTP Bank being the number three player on the financial market here in Albania definitely gives a huge and positive impetus to other Hungarian companies to come and invest here. So we expect a growing number of Hungarian companies entering this market and we expect an even broader economic cooperation after OTP Bank is enhancing its presence here for which, of course OTP Bank enjoys the full support of the Hungarian government.”
The Minister’s statement and expectations go hand in hand with the ongoing communications carried out by OTP Bank Albania, where the bank’s mission to support businesses and their projects as well as the group’s offer for regional cooperation in the framework of the synergy that this group is creating in any of its investments, have been both stated strong and clearly.