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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 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. 

USAID Signs Agreement with Albanian Banks to Encourage Agriculture Loans.
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:30am

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012     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. 

Following the awards ceremony, USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, visited olive oil processors
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (All day)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012     Today, USAID Mission Director and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Consumer Protection, Ndoc Fasllia, announced the winners of the 2012 olive oil tasting competition supported by USAID, with the assistance of the International Olive Council.  The ceremony was also an opportunity to announce the formation of Albania’s 1st official National Olive Oil Tasting Panel, made possible by six years of USAID-supported training in sensory testing. 

Albanian journalists at the ceremony after receiving the certificate for the completion of the “Law School for Journalists
Monday, July 9, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, JULY 9, 2012     Twenty-one journalists were recognized today as the graduates of the “Law School for Journalists” supported through a grant from the USAID’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST) to the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS).    As full-time journalists, these graduates will be more active in covering issues impacting Albania's justice sector.

Recognition ceremony for the completion of the first year of the Continuing Legal Education Program for Albanian lawyers
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, JULY 3, 2012     Today, legal education in Albania celebrates the successful completion of year one of the first Continuing Legal Education program (CLE) for Lawyers and Assistant Lawyers. In a ceremony organized at the National Chamber of Advocates (NCA), the Chairman Maksim Haxhia and the USAID Albania Mission representative Marc Ellingstad, recognized the lawyers and assistant lawyers that were able to take full advantage of the CLE program.  

Minister of Justice, Eduard Halimi and Andrew Maybrook
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, JUNE 19, 2012     The first meeting of the licensed mediators in Albania, organized today by USAID in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, marks the beginning of a concerted effort to establish the National Chamber of Mediators in Albania. At the event Albania’s Minister of Justice, Eduard Halimi, recognized the role mediation is now playing to reduce lengthy and costly court proceedings and reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to support the expansion of mediation and the further development of this profession in Albania.

Temple ruins (Monument of Agonothetes)in Apollonia
Monday, June 18, 2012 (All day)

WASHINGTON, JUNE 18-22, 2012   - Thanks to the support of USAID, Albania is one of six countries featured in the Western Balkans Geotourism Mapguide – Land of Discovery, an interactive web-portal hosted by the National Geographic and available on http://www.balkansgeotourism.travel/ . The portal, publicly launched June 18-22 at the headquarters of the National Geographic in Washington D.C., presents the traditions, heritage, culture and exciting geotourism opportunities in the Western Balkans.

USAID Launches Project to Improve Planning and Local Governance in Albania
Friday, May 18, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, May 18, 2012     Today, USAID launched a new five-year project “Planning and Local Governance” in Albania” (PLGP) which will work in close cooperation with the Government of Albania and local governments to disseminate and institutionalize practical and effective methods for municipal management and to further support decentralized governance in Albania. At the ceremony mayors of 15 local governance units signed Memorandums of Understanding with USAID’s project to lay out the project’s five year assistance program.

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