Welcome to Our Joint Conference and Exhibition, 2023

On behalf of SHUKALB and SHUKOS, we are pleased to invite you to join us at our 11th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition to be held on 7 – 9 November, 2023, in Golem, Albania, at Grand Blue Fafa Resort.

The theme of the Conference “Accelerating Change: Towards Safe, Reliable and Sustainable Services”, is inspired by World Water Day 2023 and in particular this year by the UN Water Conference held in March in New York City, and it is about accelerating change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all.

The Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition has truly established itself as a major knowledge sharing and networking event in the Western Balkans water sector. With an audience of over 500 participants from the Greater Balkans Region, the Conference continues to offer a platform where water professionals, policymakers, and business professionals from the sector can gather to discuss issues of concern, exchange information, and share experiences in an effort to help the further development of the water supply and wastewater sector in the Greater Balkans Region.

As it has been the practice, the Organizing Committee has planned in parallel, a large Equipment, Technology and Services Exhibition with participation from a broad array of private sector companies who are active in the water sector in the Balkans Region.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Joint Conference and to sharing our common interest for a better water environment for the Greater Balkans.

Petrit Tare


Jeton Shabani


The Launch of the Utility of the Future Center of Excellence (UoF-CoE)

Utilities play a key role in increasing access and delivering safely managed water and sanitation services to all citizens, in line with SDG 6.  The World Bank Water, in partnership with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), is introducing the Utilities of the Future Centre of Excellence – a hub dedicated to knowledge, innovation, and collaboration. This center represents a significant milestone in the evolution of UoF and generate a lasting global impact.

The UoF-CoE brings together young professionals, utility providers, government bodies, and experts from diverse fields. The Center goes beyond traditional support for utilities’ transformation efforts and serves as the incubator for an innovation lab that transcends traditional boundaries, towards shaping the future of the water sector.

Join the launching ceremony of the Utility of the Future Center of Excellence (UoF-CoE) on November 7th during the 11th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition in Golem, Albania, at Grand Blue Fafa Resort!





The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB), which was established in 2000, is a professional, not-for-profit Association of water supply and sewerage professionals, who wish to improve the management of the Water Supply and Sewerage Sector in Albania, making it efficient, sustainable and effective in accordance with the current laws and regulations in Albania. The Association is legally registered in the Court of Tirana.

SHUKALB vision is “Acknowledged leader in advancing quality performance and sustainability in the water sector“.

Mission Objectives:

  • To advocate the collective interests of professionals in the water sector in Albania.

  • To serve as a leading resource for knowledge, professional development and networking.

  • To invest time and resources to build awareness and attract future generations to seek a career in the water sector.

  • To be a positive force for mutual understanding, collaboration and regional partnerships in the Western Balkans.




The Water Supply and Wastewater Works Association of Kosovo (SHUKOS) is registered as a non-incorporated, non-profit Association of its members and founders which are the Regional Water Companies – JSC and Operating Units, in accordance with Law no. 03 / L-134 of the Republic of Kosovo. SHUKOS had a very good growth of activities during its first fifteen years, and today is a very professionally respected institution, both in Kosovo and abroad.

SHUKOS goal is to act as a link between its members to develop, promote and protect the common interests of the water and wastewater sector, towards the creation of a financially sustainable and capable sector to lead forward the general basics in their field of work.

Mission Objectives:

Protecting the interests of the water sector in Kosovo, through professional development and networking to develop and advocate for the members interests.

  • To be a Leader in service. Leadership to serve as a major source of knowledge;

  • Invest time and resources to build awareness and attract younger generations to pursue a career in the water sector;

  • Be a driving force for mutual understanding, towards regional cooperation and partnerships in the Western Balkans and beyond.



Important dates and deadlines for the event are listed below:

Early Bird until: 
Abstracts Submission:
Acceptance Notification: 
Advanced program: 
Registration ends:
Submission of the Presentations:
Submission of the CVs:
Submission of the Full Papers: 

30 September 2023
15 September 2023
26 September 2023
20 October 2023
01 November 2023
03 November 2023
13 October 2023
15 November 2023



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Grand Blue Fafa Resort, Golem
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Both me and DHI colleagues that attended the conference found all the topics of very much interest and very actual. It was a greatly organized event, favorable for connecting high level experts and professionals and we look forward for our next year participation.

Dr. Maria Cheveresan, Head of International Development Eastern Europe