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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:00am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) organized today a conference on introducing a mobile payments platform in Albania to enhance financial inclusion.  The conference focused on the introduction of a universal mobile money payment platform in Albania, in particular on the opportunities that this technology would bring in the Albanian market.  The conference also highlighted obstacles that will need to be addressed for it to be successful.

The event brought together key stakeholders in the payments industry including banks, non-bank financial institutions, mobile network operators, government representatives, public utility companies, and regulators.  Financial Services Volunteer Corps experts provided valuable insight on the latest global developments in the mobile payment technology as well as an evaluation of the implementation possibilities from the Albanian perspective.  Following presentations, open discussions provided an opportunity for all stakeholders to share their views on the topic.

USAID, Albania, Shkodra, disaster assistance, floods
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 (All day)


SHKODRA, MARCH 3, 2010 Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Albania donated over 130,000 tomato, pepper and cucumber seedlings to 43 greenhouse farmers who lost their crops during the devastating floods that occurred in Albania in November, December and January in northern Albania.  The seedlings will supply an important source of income for farmers during the spring months.

USAID, Albania, Fier, local governance, tax administration, decentralization, e-governance
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (All day)


FIER, FEBRUARY 23, 2010     The Mayor of Fier, Mr. Baftjar Zaqaj, and USAID Officer, Stephen Herbaly, launched today a new computerized tax system for the municipality.  The system was developed through USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA) program.  It allows for more efficient and effective administration of tax collections and services that will lead to greater tax revenue for the city and improved services for citizens of Fier.

USAID, Albania, Rritje Albania, competitiveness, enterprise development, Quality Mark, tourism
Thursday, February 18, 2010 (All day)


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 18, 2010     USAID announced today that it will support the establishment of an international rating system for accommodation facilities in Albania. The announcement was made at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Albanian Tourism Association (ATA) held today in Tirana. USAID’s Rritje Albania/Competitive Enterprise Development Project (Rritje Albania) will provide technical and financial support to the ATA, which will be the key implementing partner in this new initiative designed to increase the competiveness of the country’s tourism sector.

Albania, USAID, Mission Director, Joe Williams, Withers, development
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 (All day)


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 17, 2010 On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador John L. Withers, II hosted a reception at his Residence to introduce the new Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development program in Albania, Mr. Joseph C. Williams.  The reception was attended by Minister of State and Parliamentary Affairs, Genc Pollo, and several cabinet officials.

Albania, USAID, HIDAA, conflict of interest, asset declaration, privacy, personal data protection
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 10:30am


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 5, 2010    Today, Inspector General of the High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets (HIDAA), Mr. Adriatik Llalla, and the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection, Ms. Flora Çabej signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish ways the two institutions will collaborate in the future.

Albania, USAID, agriculture, competitiveness
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 10:45am

TIRANA, JANUARY 22, 2010     Today, USAID launched a new initiative to support the development of Albania’s agricultural markets.  In a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tirana’s Wholesale Market, USAID official, Sean Huff, and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection, Tokli Thomai inaugurated the new Market Information and Trade Facilitation Office.  The office, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection and the Agri-food Traders Union, will collect market data for select agriculture commodities, disseminate information regarding prices, avai

USAID Assists Albanians Displaced from Severe Flooding in Northern Albania
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 (All day)


SHKODRA, JANUARY 13, 2010 – In response to the emergency situation created by flooding in northern Albania, the United States Embassy announced today a donation of $50,000 in emergency assistance to flood victims.  The funds are being disbursed through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to the Albanian Red Cross for the purchase and distribution of blankets, food, hygiene kits, and other emergency relief supplies to affected populations to an estimated 5,000 people in northern Albania.    


Last updated: January 26, 2015

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