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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00am

The improvement of court efficiency brought together today a high level meeting of justice sector stakeholders at the Ministry of Justice, organized with the support of the USAID’s JuST project and the OSCE Presence in Albania.

In the focus of discussions was the experience of the Kruja District Court which is implementing since February active case management practices for avoiding unproductive hearings, wasted time and unnecessary delays which are not an uncommon experience in the Albanian judiciary. This pilot project entitled: “For Justice Without Delays” relies on better pretrial preparation and more attention to the principle that every court hearing should be a meaningful one. It includes specific targets for the Kruja District Court, such as reducing the number of court sessions from 14 to 4 in complex civil cases, and from almost 9 to 3 for criminal cases. The Kruja District Court initiative is strongly supported by the High Council of Justice and the Ministry of Justice. OSCE and USAID support includes help with process design, data collection and analysis, and information dissemination.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:00am

Deputy Prime Minister, Niko Peleshi, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Henry Jardine, the Head of Recycling Association, Mr.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8:00am

Creative Business Solutions (CBS) in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the AgroCapital program-aimed to strengthen access to capital for Albanian agribusinesses, today in a roundtable meeting in Tirana. The event was kicked off by Albanian Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Edmond Panariti and USAID’s Country Director Mr. David Cowles with opening speeches.

Two men unveil commemorative plaque at a hospital
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 1:15am

Today U.S. Ambassador Alexander Arvizu and Prime Minister Edi Rama inaugurated renovations financed by USAID at the Regional Hospital in Lezha.  The Ambassador, Prime Minister, and Minister of Health, Ilir Beqaj, cut the ceremonial ribbon and unveiled memorial plaques recognizing USAID assistance to the hospital and then toured the hospital to view other USG investments.  The Regional Hospital of Lezha is one of three “pilot” hospitals that USAID has been working with on adopting better hospital management systems.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:00am

Today USAID and a local NGO, Assist Impact, in partnership with the School of Magistrates, announced the launch of the “Manual on the Albanian Insolvency Law” to support business development in Albania.  USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, and Assist Impact’s Deputy Director, Bruna Stamo, and the Head of the Magistrates School, Neshat Fana, delivered remarks at a ceremony held at the Magistrate’s School. 

USAID's Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia, Paige Alexander, delivers remarks
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 10:00am

Today, USAID/Albania delivered to Albania’s Central Inspectorate (CI) 260 Portable Inspection Kits that consist of laptop computers and portable scanners and printers for inspectors to use in the field for efficient, on-line, real-time inspections. Government inspections are vital for ensuring regulations that safeguard human health, safety, and the environment are properly functioning. 

Assistant Administrator of the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia, Paige Alexander
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 8:45am

TIRANA, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013      Today USAID announced the launch of two new projects to support agriculture development in Albania.  USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart introduced award recipients, AAC (Albanian Agriculture Competitiveness) Lushnje and Creative Business Solutions (CBS), in a ceremony attended by USAID/Washington’s Assistant Administrator of the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia, Paige Alexander, and the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Water Administration, Edmond Panariti, and several representatives of agriculture businesses, banks, and business associa

Two men shake hands after cutting a ceremonial ribbon
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 10:00am

TIRANE,  AUGUST 20, 2013      Today the “Queen Geraldine” Maternity Hospital in collaboration with USAID’s Enabling Equitable Health Reforms Project, inaugurated an integrated package of interventions that the project has introduced in the Hospital.

Ambassador Arvizu with Mayor of Patos and Citizen Advisory Panel members
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:15am

PATOS, JULY 11, 2013    Today U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Alexander Arvizu and USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, traveled to Patos to visit several USAID projects in the region.

USAID Convenes National Court Leadership Conference in Tirana
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 9:15am

TIRANA, MAY 15, 2013     Albanian President, Bujar Nishani, opened this year’s National Court Leadership Conference organized by USAID’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST) in co-operation with the OSCE Presence in Albania and in partnership with the High Council of Justice and the Ministry of Justice. Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Henry Jardine, and the Minister of Justice, Eduard Halimi, also made opening remarks. 

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