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January 28, 2015

TIRANA, JANUARY 28, 2015—Today, more than one hundred people showed up for the screening of a new documentary, “Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities through Employment,” a film about a unique program that has helped people with disabilities in Albania overcome isolation and prejudice and enter into the country’s labor workforce. The film was introduced by USAID Country Representative, Marcus Johnson, the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Erion Veliaj and Blerta Çani, ADRF Executive Director.

Since October 2010, USAID has supported the Albanian Disability Rights Foundation (ADRF) to identify issues related to lack of employment for people with disability, roughly 6.2%[1] of the population, and to work on creating opportunities of employment especially for young disabled people with special focus on women in Tirana, Elbasan and Shkodra.

USAID, Albania, Fier, local governance, tax administration, decentralization, e-governance
February 23, 2010


FIER, FEBRUARY 23, 2010     The Mayor of Fier, Mr. Baftjar Zaqaj, and USAID Officer, Stephen Herbaly, launched today a new computerized tax system for the municipality.  The system was developed through USAID’s Local Governance Program in Albania (LGPA) program.  It 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 of Fier.

USAID, Albania, Rritje Albania, competitiveness, enterprise development, Quality Mark, tourism
February 18, 2010


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 18, 2010     USAID announced today that it will support the establishment of an international rating system for accommodation facilities in Albania. The announcement was made at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Albanian Tourism Association (ATA) held today in Tirana. USAID’s Rritje Albania/Competitive Enterprise Development Project (Rritje Albania) will provide technical and financial support to the ATA, which will be the key implementing partner in this new initiative designed to increase the competiveness of the country’s tourism sector.

Albania, USAID, Mission Director, Joe Williams, Withers, development
February 17, 2010


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 17, 2010 On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador John L. Withers, II hosted a reception at his Residence to introduce the new Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development program in Albania, Mr. Joseph C. Williams.  The reception was attended by Minister of State and Parliamentary Affairs, Genc Pollo, and several cabinet officials.

Albania, USAID, HIDAA, conflict of interest, asset declaration, privacy, personal data protection
February 5, 2010


TIRANA, FEBRUARY 5, 2010    Today, Inspector General of the High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets (HIDAA), Mr. Adriatik Llalla, and the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection, Ms. Flora Çabej signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish ways the two institutions will collaborate in the future.

Albania, USAID, agriculture, competitiveness
January 22, 2010

TIRANA, JANUARY 22, 2010     Today, USAID launched a new initiative to support the development of Albania’s agricultural markets.  In a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tirana’s Wholesale Market, USAID official, Sean Huff, and Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection, Tokli Thomai inaugurated the new Market Information and Trade Facilitation Office.  The office, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection and the Agri-food Traders Union, will collect market data for select agriculture commodities, disseminate information regarding prices, avai


Last updated: January 30, 2015

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