Albania Program Updates

Last updated: October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

The USAID Diber Trails and Traditions (D2T) project began training its first class of local tour guides on September 20. The four-week course was led by trainers from the National Association of Tourist Guides in Albania (NATGA); the objective is prepare trainees to eventually qualify as licensed professional guides. 

Earlier in the summer, Diber became the first municipality to approve a Tourism Action Plan to help it develop tourism in the area.

October 9, 2018

Following a success evaluation by the European Commission’s (EC’s) Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development,  the EC plans to make € 71 million ($82 million) from its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance in Rural Development program available for agriculture and rural development in Albania by the way of grants to interested farmers and businesses.

October 4, 2018

USAID Albania, the chief judge of the District Court of Tirana, and the head of the Albania’s State Archive for the Judicial System signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding to begin a year-long effort to establish new archiving and management of the court systems’ case files. 

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 27, 2018

USAID partner Creative Business Solutions (CBS) has gone with - a digital tourist platform that seeks to connect worldwide travelers with authentic Albanian destinations and experiences.