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October 1, 2018

With the assistance of USAID supported SHUKALB, Albania’s Minister of Infrastructure and Energy formally institutionalized a Test-Based Certification Program for all staff at the country’s water and sewage utilities.

September 20, 2018

To assist local governments on how to implement the recently adopted value-based property tax system on buildings, USAID partner Tetra Tech, in cooperation with the Property Tax General Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE), conducted workshops with officials from the Korça, Lushnja, Fier, Vlora, and Durres municipalities. The municipalities learned how to compare their existing property tax database of local buildings with the data from the the entity expected to be assigned as the Government of Albania’s agent in collecting building taxes.

Albanian youth in a group discussion at a local mosque.
September 14, 2018

A significant number of foreign fighters come from a combination of Albania and Albanian-majority areas of Kosovo and Macedonia. The Government of Albania (GoA) has taken steps to lead the region in countering/preventing violent extremism. USAID will support the GoA’s efforts to combat religious radicalism and violent extremism through prevention initiatives involving state institutions and agencies operating in the areas of local governance, education, social affairs, youth, employment, and anti-discrimination

2016 CSO SUSTAINABILITY INDEX SCORES FOR ALBANIA
September 14, 2018

While civil society development is a cross‐cutting issue of USAID/Albania programs, in 2017 USAID began a standalone activity focused on civil society development. Currently, USAID/Albania supports with financial, technical, or a combination of both approximately 80 organizations. 

Traditional Albanian dancing troupe performing at a tourism development event.
September 12, 2018

Albania’s government has prioritized job creation and strengthening key sectors, including tourism. The direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in 2013 was 4.8% of GDP while the total contribution (including wider effects from investment and the supply chain) was about 17% according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. It is expected that the contribution to GDP from this sector will increase in coming years.

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Last updated: October 10, 2018

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