• Sep 21, 20
  • Albrafting

Maryam Salim, World Bank representative in Albania, rafts for the first time in Albania with Albania Rafting Group on the Bistrica River in Saranda.


Mrs.Salim  this weekend visited the Ionian coast and the city of Saranda with all the local areas. She as a supporter of tourism in Albania and nature lover joined the team of Albania Rafting to enjoy rafting on the river Bistrica. She said during the rafting trip that the development of the tourism is a very important sector for the Albanian economy.


Saranda is known for the beauty of the sea and is the basis place for excursions along the coast. Starting from Saranda, tourists can visit Butrint, Gjirokastra and make a mandatory stop at the source of the Blue Eye which is now one of the most popular natural beauties in the country.


Tourists on vacation by the sea are also looking for sports and touristic activities to fill their days and the descent of Bistrica with rafting is a very beautiful tourist-sportiv activity. Bistrica is a perennial, karst river with clear and transparent water. The end of the river that has been chosen for rafting (last 5 km where it joins the Ionian Sea) is forested by many species of trees and shrubs and the home of many birds and therefore is also called the Jungle of Saranda. During the boat trip you will cross the canyon of Çuka (Çuka channel) and the surprise is the exit to the Ionian Sea during sunset.

Ms. Maryam Salim is the new Country Manager of the World Bank for Albania. Ms. Salim has around twenty years of experience in the World Bank, during which she has led a number of Program and Policy reform initiatives.

Prior to this position, Ms. Salim was Advisor in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President for Operations. She worked also as Operations Advisor and Program Leader for Investment Project Financing. Ms. Salim joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 1998 and has worked in health and social protection programs in the Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and Pacific Regions.

A Tanzanian national, she holds a Masters in International Economics and International Relations from the John Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Studies and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.  


Albania Rafting Group ( ARG ) is the first tourism and sport organization in Albania , founder of Albanian Rafting Federation , member with full rights in the International Rafting Federation. Passion for nature and sport turned into a mission. The mission to promote Albania development through the rafting activity by international standards, in full compliance with respect for nature and environmental protection. Through its activities, Albania Rafting Group has helped in developing sustainable outdoor tourism attracting an increasing number of tourists in remote areas and extending the time of their stay in Albania.