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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.

USAID, Albania, actuaries, actuarial science, financial sector reforms
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, MAY 25, 2011     There is a growing number of professional actuaries in Albania, made possible through the USAID-funded Actuarial Training and Certification Program (ATCP).  Today, fourteen graduates received diplomas and certification to be licensed as professional actuaries to support Albania's growing insurance and banking sectors.  Actuaries are risk managers who provide important services to banks and non-banking financial organizations and provide added security and transparency within the financial system.

USAID, Albania, CLE, justice sector, legal profession in Albania
Thursday, May 12, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, MAY 12, 2011     Today, USAID and the Albanian Chamber of Advocates signed a cooperation agreement to establish a Continuous Legal Education (CLE) program in Albania.  USAID/Albania’s Mission Director, Mr. Joseph Williams, and the Chairman of the Albanian National Chamber of Advocates (NCA), Mr. Maksim Haxhia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines USAID and NCA activities to establish the program over the coming years. The CLE program is an important pillar of justice sector reform in Albania and will help strengthen Albania’s legal profession.

USAID, Albania, Authentic Albania, Quality Mark, tourism, Albania tourism
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 5:45am

TIRANA, APRIL 29, 2011     Today, USAID’s Rritje Albania Program, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, and the Albanian Tourism Association (ATA), launched a new program to support Albania’s growing tourism industry.  The Authentic Albania quality mark awards program supports enterprises in Albania’s tourism industry by establishing quality hotel standards and building opportunities for tourism businesses.  The program will be the country’s first system that rates accommodation facilities in Albania. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:30am

TIRANA, APRIL 28, 2011   Today, the Center for Development and Democratization of Institutions (CDDI) presented its findings from recent activities monitoring the work of the Procurement Advocate (PA) in Albania.

USAID, Albania, Court, mediation
Friday, April 22, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, APRIL 22, 2011     Today, USAID’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST) signed an agreement with the Durres District Court and the Albanian Foundation for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation of Disputes (AFCR) to support and expand its mediation program in Durres as an alternative to the resolution of disputes by the courts. 

USAID Builds Entrepreneurship in Tourism
Thursday, April 14, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, APRIL 14, 2011     The Ministry of Tourism and the Foreign Investors Association of Albania (FIAA) are sponsoring the second annual conference and exhibition on tourism and real estate development in Albania, the “TREALBEXPO 2011.”  The objective of the event is to highlight the importance of tourism to Albania’s economy and to attract more foreign investment into Albania’s tourism sector.  Participants included foreign investment companies, Albanian businesses, government agency representatives, and donors involved in tourism and real estate development.

USAID, Albania, health reforms, Arvizu, Berisha, Vasili, Ministry of Health
Friday, April 8, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, APRIL 8, 2011     Today, USAID organized a conference to announce the start-up of a new health reform project in Albania.  The U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Alexander Arvizu, Albania’s Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, and the Minister of Health, Petrit Vasili, delivered remarks at the opening of the conference.  USAID Enabling Equitable Health Reforms (EEHR) project is a five-year initiative that will increase access to essential health services for the poor and support national health policy reforms. 

USAID, Albania, local government, local elections, 2011, decentralization, democracy and governance
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (All day)

TIRANA, MARCH 23, 2011     Today, USAID’s local governance program in Albania held a national conference with representatives from Albanian cities, non-governmental representatives, and private enterprises to present and discuss best practices to support good governance and economic growth for Albanian cities.  The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Deborah Jones, President of the Republic of Albania, Bamir Topi, and Deputy Minister of Interior, Ferdinand Poni, delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the conference. 

USAID, Albania, Fier, public information office, Municipality of Fier
Friday, March 18, 2011 (All day)

FIER, MARCH 18, 2011     Today, the Municipality of Fier opened a new public information office, supported by USAID.  Citizens with questions on local taxes, public works, permits and licenses, or social services can now come to the municipalities newly renovated office for quick answers and advice.  The Municipality hopes to increase citizen satisfaction with municipal services and improve transparency.


Last updated: July 18, 2014

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