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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, World Contraception Day, maternal health, health, development programs, U.S. foreign assistance
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 5:45am

TIRANA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010     USAID’s two maternal and child health programs have partnered with Albania’s Institute of Public Health to raise awareness of using modern contraception to mark World Contraception Day on September 26, 2010. 

USAID sent over 20,000 text messages to Albanian adults 18-35 years old with the message, "It's your life, it's your choice - Use modern contraceptive methods to avoid unplanned pregnancies" – supported by USAID’s health programs to promote maternal and child health. 

USAID, Albania, Librazhd, Local Governance, tax administration, decentralization, good governance
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 9:00am

LIBRAZHD, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010  The Mayor of Librazhd, Mr. Kastriot Begaj, and USAID Officer, Mr. Stephen Herbaly, launched today a new computerized tax system for the Municipality of Librazhd.  The system, which was developed through USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), 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.  This is the 10th opening USAID has supported over the past year in its partner cities.

USAID, Albania, economic growth, garment industry, competitiveness, Albanian Garment Industry, Albanian Footwear Industry
Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 9:00am

SHKODRA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010    Garment and footwear companies operating in the Shkodra region attended a USAID workshop to help them increase the quality of their manufactured products.  Throughout September and October, USAID is sponsoring 12 workshops with Albania’s leading garment and footwear manufacturers to improve their competitiveness and export sales. 

USAID, Albania, Governance, public-private partnership, municipal borrowing, decentralization
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 9:30am

KORCA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010   The Municipality of Korça, with support of USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), celebrated today the ground breaking of a local infrastructure project financed with funds from a municipal loan.  The Mayor of Korça, Niko Peleshi, and the USAID Mission Director, Joseph Williams, were present to mark the beginning of work on the project. 

USAID, Albania, National Geographic, Balkans, economic growth, tourism, Ministry of Tourism
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 (All day)

TIRANA, JULY 21, 2010     Thanks to the support of USAID, Albania is one of six countries featured in a special supplement of the June edition of National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  “The Western Balkans: Land of Discovery” showcases the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the region. The supplement was provided to tour operators and businesses at a reception held today in Tirana.  Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Ferdinand Xhaferaj, USAID/Albania Mission Director, Joseph C.

USAID, Albania, telemedicine, e-health
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:00am

 

TIRANA, JULY 15, 2010    The International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (http://www.iveh.org/), the implementer of USAID’s new telemedicine project, held its first training course today with a group of Albanian health specialists from central and regional health institutions.  The course is the first of a series of trainings for Albanian doctors and health professionals on telemedicine and e-health. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 10:15am

BURREL, JULY 13, 2010     Today, the Public Information Office in the Mat District Court was officially opened with a public ceremony attended by USAID Mission Director, Joseph C. Williams and Chief Judge, Artan Cupi. The Court’s Public Information Office will improve access to information for citizens, increase transparency of court procedures, and increase trust in the Court and the Albanian judicial system.

USAID, Albania, Kukes, local government, decentralization
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 10:15am

KUKES, JULY 9, 2010     The Mayor of Kukes, Hasan Halilaj and the Head of the USAID Mission in Albania, Joseph C. Williams launched today a new computerized tax system for the municipality.  The system, which was developed through USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA), allows for more efficient and effective administration of tax collections and services that will lead to greater tax revenue for the municipality and improved services for citizens.

USAID, Albania, family planning
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:00am

DURRES, JUNE 25, 2010      Today, USAID organized a national conference on family planning in Durres which brought together more than 150 national stakeholders—representing the government, policymakers, providers, international agencies and donors—to promote and increase collaboration to enhance family planning services throughout Albania.

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