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Andi Aranitasi to lead EBRD operations in N. Macedonia

Andi Aranitasi to lead EBRD operations in N. Macedonia Source: EBRD.

SKOPJE (North Macedonia), May 16 (SeeNews) - Andi Aranitasi has been appointed new European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) director for North Macedonia, the bank said on Thursday.

Based in the capital Skopje, Aranitasi will succeed Anca Ioana Ionescu from 1 September, the EBRD said in a statement.

For more than five years, the EBRD has been represented in North Macedonia by Anca Ioana Ionescu.

"Aranitasi joined the EBRD in London in 1998 and worked for the Bank in Bulgaria from 2000 to 2005 as a banker. Among periods with teams covering Central Europe, Western Balkans, Telecomms and Power and Energy, he spent seven years based in Istanbul working in energy projects in Europe and Asia. He has spent the past two and a half years in Bulgaria, also focussing on energy projects," the bank added.

After completing high school in his native Albania, Aranitasi won an Open Society Foundation scholarship to the American University in Bulgaria, graduating in 1996. He then joined the EBRD.

“What I want to do in North Macedonia is to continue the job the team has done so far, when it comes to connectivity, infrastructure and energy projects, and also to increase the share of the Bank’s private business,” he said.

To date, the EBRD has invested more than 1.87 billion euro ($2.1 billion) in 117 projects in the Republic of North Macedonia, focusing on supporting the country's integration into regional and global markets through the EBRD's investments and other activities.

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