SHOQATA A. K. ”BREGDETI “
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To: Mrs. Camille Nuamah, World Bank
Subject: Public hearings for the SCDP
Honorable Mrs. Camille Nuamah,
The Riviera Association would like to thank you for the meeting held with us on
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First, we congratulate the World Bank and all the organizers of the public hearings, including our Government, for this democratic and transparent step. This gave to all participants the chances for an open and constructive exchange of opinions. If there is a single recommendation everybody agrees to, is the organization of such meetings.
In both public hearing, representatives of interested parties from the Ionian coast expressed their positive attitude about the potential development for the Ionian coast as result of the implementation of the SCDP. In several of their discussions, they congratulated the efforts of the World Bank funded project for most of the components designed to promote the development of the area. Looking from that constructive perspective, the “Himariote Community”, a Himariote NGO, invited the SCDP to present their interventions in their conference, planned for May 2008, in which various aspects of economic development for Himara region will be discussed.
The issue that was the most contested in both meeting by all speakers that took the floor, was the ownership issue. Himara inhabitants, in both meetings, expressed their firm position that without resolving the ownership issue and the registration of their titles on the Immovable Property Registration System, any efforts to impose development plans, will be detrimental to their interests. They mentioned the other three unsuccessful plans (including PAP/RAC of SCDP) for the developments of the area; the inquiry by the Inspection Panel of the World Bank for the Iali destruction case; and the unsuccessful plans on Kakome Bay in Nivica, Dhrale in Palasa as examples of the worst experience from various governments for imposing such plans without resolving property claims.
Despite various attempts from the Government officials to impose their position, the clearly expressed position by the majority of participants of the Ionian coast was without solving the ownership issue in the Ionian Riviera, that there will be not any successful implementation of development plans.
Our recommendation to both WB and
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The Chairman, Niko Nesturi