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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:00am

TIRANA, February 11, 2015—In response to a request for assistance from the Government of Albania, the U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide up to $750,000 in additional technical and financial assistance for those in agricultural areas who have been affected by the recent flooding. We will work closely with local authorities and Albanian non-governmental organizations in the recovery effort, and we will support affected farmers in the fruit and olive industries, as well as those who lost greenhouses and livestock to the recent flood waters.

USAID traveled to most of the affected areas and maintained close contact with national and local authorities and affected farmers throughout this difficult period to look at the best possible ways to help.

Our thoughts are with the many Albanian families who have lost their homes, their farms and their livestock as a result of this terrible flooding and we hope this assistance will provide some immediate support to families and help restore some of the most affected agricultural areas.

International finance experts from EU and Balkan countries participated in panel discussions and presented case studies on issue
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:15am

Today, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, the Head of the EU Delegation of Albania, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, and USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, delivered remarks at the opening of an international conference on the independence of financial regulators .

USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, delivered remarks at the opening of an international conference on the independenc
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, OCTOBER 31, 2012     Today, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, the Head of the EU Delegation of Albania, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, and USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, delivered remarks at the opening of an international conference on the independence of financial regulators .  The purpose of the conference was to discuss growing evidence that independent regulators make regulations more effective and lead to smoother and more efficient operations of the market.  International finance experts from EU and Balkan countries participated in panel discussions and presented case stu

USAID Supports Korca Apple Festival, USAID Director Visits USAID Project Sites
Saturday, October 13, 2012 (All day)

KORCA, OCTOBER 13, 2012     USAID/Albania Mission Director, Mr. Jim Barnhart, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Genc Ruli, delivered remarks today at the Korca Apple Festival held in Mançurisht village in Proger.  The festival is organized by USAID’s Albanian Agriculture Competitiveness (AAC) program in collaboration with the Korça’s Regional Directorate of Agriculture. The event aims to promote apple as a produce-mark of the Korça region.

The Minister of Innovation and ICT, Mr. Genc Pollo, the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Henry Jardine, the Chairman of the AAD
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, OCTOBER 10, 2012     The Minister of Innovation and ICT, Mr. Genc Pollo, the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Henry Jardine, the Chairman of the AADF, Mr. Michael Granoff, and representatives from Microsoft and Albtelecom delivered congratulatory remarks at the opening ceremony today for the PROTIK ICT Resource center.  PROTIK was created as a public-private initiative with the cooperation of the Government of Albania, USAID, the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), Microsoft Albania, Cisco, and Albtelecom.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha and USAID Mission Director Jm Barnhart at USAID's Conference on Fiscal Decentralization
Thursday, October 4, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, OCTOBER 4, 2012     Today, the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project in Albania (PLGP) held the Conference on Fiscal Decentralization.  Working both at the national policy level and at the local level, the USAID project aims to promote an inclusive dialogue and help build a bipartisan consensus on issues of strategic importance to local governments.  U.S. Ambassador Alexander Arvizu, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, and President of the Albanian Association of Municipalities and Mayor of Tirana, Lulzim Basha, delivered remarks.

USAID Presents Successful Hospital Quality Improvement Initiatives to Ministry of Health and Stakeholders
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (All day)

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012     Today the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the USAID’s Enabling Equitable Health Reforms project, organized a round table with the Health Reform Implementation Support Group to present successful hospital management improvement initiatives implemented in three pilot hospitals in Albania.   Minister of Health Mr. Vangjel Tavo, chairman of the Group, and the USAID Mission Director, Mr. Jim Barnhart,  delivered remarks at the opening of the meeting.

Dr. Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, Chair of the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Management, from the University of H
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (All day)

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012     The Agriculture University of Tirana (AUT) awarded today Dr. Catherine Chan-Halbrendt, Chair of the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Management, from the University of Hawaii, the title of ‘Honoris Causa,’ the highest award in academia, for her work in support the school’s Faculty of Economy and Agribusiness. 

USAID Mission Director, Jim Barnhart and Minister of Tourism, Aldo Bumçi
Thursday, September 20, 2012 (All day)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012     On Thursday, USAID, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, and the Albanian Tourism Association (ATA) awarded gold, silver, and bronze Authentic Albania Quality Mark Awards to the seven tourism businesses participating in the USG-funded program – Albania’s first initiative to rate accommodation facilities.   Since the program began in 2011, 56 hotels have become paying members of the ATA, requested an assessment of their businesses, and been awarded the Quality Mark.  The program helps entrepreneurs set quality hotel standards that, in turn, furthers buil

Three people sign a document at an outdoor ceremony
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 12:15pm

Through the Development Credit Authority (DCA), USAID is increasing access to credit for agriculture and agribusinesses in Albania.  Through a $15 million agriculture loan agreement between USAID and two local banks, ProCredit and Banka Kombetare Tregtare (BKT), Albanian farmers and small and medium agricultural enterprises (SMEs) will be able to access credit more easily. 

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