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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 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.

Court Leadership Conference in Tirana
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 9:30am

TIRANA, APRIL 20, 2012     Today, chief judges of all of Albania’s district and appellate level courts gathered to participate in discussions of USAID and other donor initiatives to improve court operations in Albania.  U.S. Ambassador in Albania, Alexander A. Arvizu, Minister of Justice, Eduard Halimi, HCJ Chief Inspector, Valbona Vata, Head of the EU Delegation to Albania, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, and Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Eugen Wollfarth, delivered the keynote speeches at the conference opening.

U.S. Ambassador Alexander Arvizu and the Albanian Minister of Justice Eduard Halimi unveil the dedication plaque
Friday, March 30, 2012 (All day)

LEZHA, MARCH 30, 2012       The U.S. Ambassador in Albania, Alexander A. Arvizu, and the Minister of Justice, Eduard Halimi, inaugurated today the first installation of the court digital audio recording system at the Lezha District Court. Implemented with funding from USAID as part of the Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST), and in close partnership with the Albanian government and the judiciary, this marks the beginning of the implementation of a major technological advance in Albanian courts that helps enhance their efficiency and transparency.

Winners of 1st Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition in Albania
Thursday, March 15, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, MARCH 15, 2012  With the support from the USAD’s Competitive Enterprise Development project (Rritje Albania) and Microsoft Albania,  Albania held its first Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition to support technology and innovation to advance economic and social developments in Albania.  USAID/Albania’s Mission Director, Joseph Williams, and Albania’s Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, delivered opening remarks at the competition.

USAID Mission Director, Joseph Williams, delivering remarks at the event.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4:15am

TIRANA, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 Today, USAID held an event to mark the launch of a new four year, $3.4 million program, that will provide support to the Bank of Albania and Albania’s Financial Supervisory Authority.  Assistance will support the institution’s supervision of Albania’s banking and insurance sectors which is important for economic stability and growth.  USAID/Albania Mission Director, Joseph Williams, FSVC President and CEO, J. Andrew Spindler, and the Governor of the Bank of Albania, Ardian Fullani delivered remarks at the event.

USAID, Albania, rule of law, corruption, Avokatia, bar journal
Friday, January 20, 2012 (All day)

TIRANA, JANUARY 20, 2012     With the support from the USAD’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST), the National Chamber of Advocates (NCA) presented to its members today the first issue of Albania’s only professional bar journal, “Avokatia.”  The publication is one of a number of USAID-supported activities designed to help strengthen the professionalism and academic training of Albanian lawyers.

U.S. Shows Support for Albanian Magistrates School Graduates
Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 10:00am

TIRANA, DECEMBER 22, 2011     Ambassador Arvizu delivered remarks and congratulated students at Thursday’s graduation ceremony at the Rectorate of Tirana University in Tirana.  The School has made important contributions to improving Albania’s justice sector, providing initial and continuous education for Albanian magistrates (judges and prosecutors). To date, 133 judges and 99 prosecutors have graduated from the School.

USAID Supports National Conference for Albania Garment Industry
Friday, December 16, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, DECEMBER 21, 2011     On December 16, USAID/Albania co-sponsored Albania’s first national conference on the country’s garment and footwear industry.  Albania's garment and footwear manufacturers are important to the country’s economy both in terms of exports and employment. Yet, the future sustainability of the industry depends on their transitioning from fasson production to full cycle operations in order to meet EU market demands for quick turnaround time on small orders of high quality finished products.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 10:00am

KORÇA, OCTOBER 26, 2011     Today USAID’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST),in cooperation with the Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution (AFCR) held the first of three roundtables in Korça, with representatives from the Regional Chamber of Advocates, the local business community, and civil society organizations to encourage the use of mediation as an extrajudicial, faster and less costly alternative for resolution of conflicts between parties.

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