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63, Monthly Newsletter - October 2012
A Joint Effort of the Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination and the Donor Technical Secretariat
Photo: On 5 October 2012, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Bank Group activity in Albania, the World Bank Office in Tirana organized a conference to celebrate the long partnership with Albania
World Bank and Albania are working together to advance Albania’s development and EU integration agenda
n 5 October 2012, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Bank Group activity in Albania, the World Bank Office in Tirana organized a conference to celebrate the long partnership with Albania. The conference took stock of the many-folded contribution of the World Bank to the country’s economic, human, and institutional progress. Present there were Prime Minister Sali Berisha, members of the cabinet, project beneficiaries, representatives from the private sector, civil society, media, development partners, etc. Albania became a member of the World Bank Group in 1992 and the World Bank has been one of country’s key main sources of development support along this amazing 20-year journey. Since then, the Bank has financed 71 projects totalling over US$ 1.2 billion. Throughout the past years, the World Bank Group has been able to as-
sist Albania technically, financially, and through policy advice on virtually every aspect of its development needs. Participants in the conference pointed out that common successes are many and joint policy work has been critical to the successful transformation of the country in terms of financial sector development, business environment, and economic management. Participants in this conference pointed out the constructive cooperation of the World Bank with successive governments and all the stakeholders, the impact of the financed projects for sustainable growth in its road towards EU integration. Speakers of different panels in the conference commended key World Bank projects which had strong developmental impact and affected positively the life of the people in the countryside and the towns, students in school, vulnerable groups, farmers, private sector, etc. From
the investment perspective, there have been obtained countless visible results. “Widely referred to as “a development success story” and “one of the fastest growing countries in Europe” in World Bank reports, Albania is an excellent example of an effective and fruitful partnership between a country and our institution, said Philippe H. Le Houerou, World Bank Vice President of Europe and Central Asia in his greeting note. As in every partnership, both parties have been learning, changing, and adapting to new realities.” In her remarks, Jane Armitage, Country Regional Director for Southeast Europe said that “it has been immensely satisfying to partner with Albania technically, financially, and through policy advice, on many aspects of its development needs. Our support to Albania builds on the Bank’s
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In this issue
• World Bank and Government of Albania are working together to advance Albania’s development and EU integration agenda New Country Director for the Swiss Cooperation Office In The Uncensored Brussels! EU-funded new pre-trial detention centre in Elbasan and a new VET School in Elbasan The Future We Want campaign tops UN day celebrations Government preparation in response to the Global Survey on ICPD post 2014 USAID Albania Supports Conference on Independent Financial Regulators USAID Albania Inaugurates PROTIK ICT Resource Centre Census of Agricultural Holdings 2012 Sustainable Integrated Tourism in the Korça Region: a Value Chain Approach USAID Supports Korça Apple Festival UN staff run for women’s rights in first Tirana International Marathon Swiss Government contributes 3.3 million US Dollar to the Social Care Reform Ombudsman Conference on the Children’s Rights in Albania Disability Draft Act consulted with partners and interest groups Older persons play a crucial role in society Better opportunities for Roma and Egyptian Communities Water Regulatory Authority presents Utility Performance Awards 2011 Visit of the Director General of the Italian Development Cooperation, Minister Plenipotentiary Elisabetta Belloni High Level Conference on Decentralisation New Regional Development Grant Fund USAID Promotes Dialogue on Fiscal Decentralization in Albania New Programme Activities on Tax Transparency and Simplification Roundtable on Corporate Governance Sparks Interest among Private Companies “Climate Change Action Day” Visit of Italian Cooperation Director to the Buna River protected area South East European Law School network Supporting Parliament`s role in EUIntegration Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Albania
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long experience in working in developing countries all over the world”. Over the past 20 years, both Albania and the World Bank have expanded partnerships with other multilateral and bi-lateral development institutions and non-government players as the key for keeping abreast of new ideas and experience, and both have placed trust into the EU integration process as the best facilitator of Albania’s continued economic and social progress. “After 20 years full of achievements and lessons, we are better prepared to work together on the next phase of Albania’s development and EU integration agenda, said Kseniya Lvovksy, Country Man-
ager of the World Bank Office in Tirana, - and I look forward to celebrating the country’s future successes.”A youth photo competition was organized announced recently on the occasion of the 100 anniversary of Albania’s independence, and the 20 year partnership of Albania and the World Bank. During the activity the winners of this competition were also announced.On this occasion the World Bank has produced the booklet “Albania and World Bank 20 Years of Working Together”, based on compilation of information from various World Bank Group reports and staff.
New Country Director for the Swiss Cooperation Office
As of August 2012 the Swiss Cooperation Office in Albania (SCO-A) has a new Country Director. Holger Tausch has taken over the duty of leading the SCO-A after former director Isabel Perich took on the job of Country Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Belgrade, Serbia. In August 2012 Holger Tausch arrived in Albania to take over the role of Country Director for the Swiss Cooperation Office. His predecessor, Isabel Perich took up the position of Swiss Cooperation’s Country Director in Belgrade, Serbia after a one-year tenure in Albania. Mr. Tausch brings with him a wealth of development work experience that includes a recent five-year position as Senior Advisor at the World Bank in Washington, DC. His work there focused on supporting the strategic management of the World Bank with a view of keeping a balance between Swiss interests and the group of vote. He was also involved in carrying out critical analysis on WB programmes in Latin America and SouthEast Asia. Before that he was a Senior Advisor at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in charge of strategic monitoring and evaluation with a particular emphasis on aid effectiveness. Mr. Tausch joined the SDC as early as 1991 working as a junior professional in Nicaragua. As Country Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Albania he will be leading the process of developing the new country strategy of this office covering the next four year period, 2014-2017. Mr. Tausch speaks fluent French, German, English and Spanish.
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Photo: New Country Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Albania, Holger Tausch
EU officials admitted. depends on accomplishment of the reforms. This information was already known and the answers to what we don’t know can be found in Tirana. Brussels’ officials refer to the example of Croatia. received this prize. The point is not to make you think this was our first visit to Brussels. which brought the status’ denial twice. but in such a crucial moment for Albania. it is conditional because of politics. but Albania should work on fulfilling the conditions imposed by the Commission. The rest 4% who do not want European Integration. Compared to Croatia. are not mingled with internal political debate and power gaining debate. we were free to ask about everything. What matters the most is the Media’s freedom. everything witnesses civilization. being in recession and on the edge of Euro zone split. most surely are politician and militants blindly trusting the ones speaking who represent their names. democracy and human rights in Europe”. which has had its successes on the past. free of charge. There might not be similar cases of countries receiving a conditional candidate status. has such a political maturity that issues related to integration process. made possible by the European Union’s TV Information Service in the European Commission and European Parliament Audiovisual Unit. The Norwegian Nobel committee wanted to induce some dosage of optimism to Europe. Therefore. Four days of stay in Brussels can teach so much even on a simple walk. In the meetings with chairmen of the most important European Parliament groups. because we need this reference for our country. and In the same time emotions of the Day of Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the European Union. In this moment. Albania has gone the opposite way. What is on Brussels’ hands is to say ‘yes’ when the country has received a positive feedback regarding the reforms completions. The same newspaper would give the answer to this controversy. Being careful not to blame one political side or the other about the ‘conditional status’ (sometimes we ought to use this term). how they ‘tolerated’ and ‘served on a silver plate’ an easier integration process for these countries. muttering. An entire structure. . the integration process for other southeast European countries became stricter. This was a costly decision for Europe! After receiving the member state status. Photo: Albanian journalists during a study visit at EU audio-visual services in Brussels Nothing is served on a silver plate in Europe. Four days of stay in Brussels suffice to un- derstand the general trend of how the relationships with Tirana are built. Being in the position of a journalist. as one of the defining concepts of the last half century that “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation. the positive proposal from Brussels was merited and merited were the conditions. repeatedly we were told that the speed. all these seemingly small details get printed on one’s mind. According to the daily “Christian Science Monitor” this was a very controversial moment that rose up many analysts’ reactions on why the EU. From this moment on.October | 3 In The Uncensored Brussels! This is a story of four Albanian journalists having a study visit at EU audio-visual services in Brussels and in the same time experiencing the emotions of the positive recommendations’ of European Commission Progress Report 2012 on Albanian progress. with which Albania will walk toward Europe. Kukan and Svoboda. often receiving a diplomatic answer. member states won’t make the same costly mistakes as with Rumania and Bulgaria. taking into consideration that the process of dealing with ‘the others’ will be consuming at a time when Europe is burdened with its own economic problems. Mr. We had a taste of Brussels also by closely seeing the relation Brussels had with the media. however with clear dosages of sincerity. the receiving of the Nobel Peace prize. All the Medias benefited from these services. The patience a pedestrian waits for the traffic light to turn green. walk on pedestrian and not on the bike section. the reforms became less intensive in these two countries. In this process. and now that we have a positive answer. A country that in 2013 is expected to become an EU member state. whether they had a ‘pro’ or ‘against’ opinion about EC or EP. on meetings with people who have given a large contribution those European countries without the status receive it. We aspire for integration and hope integration process will start soon for all those 96% of Albanians (we hope the figure has not changed) who aspire for European Integration. The Union’s opinion is that countries should be well prepared before their accession to Europe. Our journalist’s visit coincided with an important moment for European Union itself. the member states open the negotiation procedures and candidate states receive the status based on merits alone. unless it is deserved! You grasp this message in every hallway of the European Parliament and European Commission. at least not again. functioning on behalf and for Brussels.
with Elbasan being on the first place with an increase of registration by 35% compared with the last year. Photo: Mayor of Elbasan Qazim Sejdiu. by providing proper spaces where they can acquire the needed skills to become the labour force that Albania requires. Vlora and Korca). administra- . This investment is part of a long-term programme the EU is supporting in the VET sector. juveniles and women pre-trial detention inmates. Ambassador Se- qui stated the importance of this project on strengthening of the rule of law and penitentiary reform in Albania. The inauguration ceremony saw also the participation of the Minister of Education and Science. Eduard Halimi. It provides accommodation for men. during the inauguration of the secondary vocational school ‘Salih Çeka’ in Elbasan.2 million since 2006 for the physical infrastructure of VET Schools and centres. visitors area. the Prime Minister said that education. Ambassador Sequi said that professional education prepares students for the job market. attended on 2 October 2nd 2012 the inauguration of the EU funded new Pre-Trial Detention Centre in Elbasan. In the city of Elbasan. was designed. Delivering an address at the event. on 1 October 2012 Photo: Prime Minister Berisha and Head of the EU Delegation.800 square meters. in particular by improving the rule of law”. the EU overall aim is to improve employability of the Albanian youth. with a capacity of 120 detainees.With these investments in the field of vocational education infrastructure.0 million to the construction of this new centre with a capacity for 720 students and a total built area of 3. inaugurated the secondary vocational school ‘Salih Çeka’ in Elbasan. noting that profilisation of high school increases the probability of employment in the country and beyond borders. and especially the vocational education is one of the Government’s priorities. Shkodra. working environment of high standards will be provided both for teachers and students. the EU Delegation is contributing with € 1.8 million euro from the IPA 2007 Programme. head of EU diplomacy. built and furnished with a grant of 4. Prime Minister Berisha. Rudina Mita. the Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the Head of the Delegation of European Union. has called on the students to pursue vocational secondary education. Bushat. “It is now up to Albania to demonstrate its capacity to move to the next stage of EU integration. teachers and pupils from the school. Director of the School. Minister of Education and Science. Elbasan. Fier. From Elbasan. Ambassador Ettore Sequi. doctor facilities. PM Berisha said that this year there has been an increase in the registration of students in vocational schools around the country. With this building. Myqerem Tafaj and the Head of the EU Delegation. Ambassador Ettore Sequi and Minister of Justice. Durres. The EU is dedicating € 8. to he extent of 23% compared with the last academic year. Lezha. on 1 October 2012 Ambassador Sequi and Minister Halimi inaugurate the construction of the EUfunded new pre-trial detention centre in Elbasan The Head of the Delegation of the European Union. Ambassador Ettore Sequi. The new centre.October | 4 Inauguration of a new VET School in Elbasan On 1 October 2012. said Ambassador Sequi on his address. Myqerem Tafaj and Mayor of Elbasan Qazim Sejdiu. In his speech. These funds are being spent to either rehabilitate or to newly construct vocational schools and their outdoor spaces (Kamez. Ambassador Ettore Sequi at during the inauguration of the secondary vocational school ‘Salih Çeka’ in Elbasan.
which symbolize 21 years of UN Presence in Albania. during the inauguration of the EU funded new Pre-Trial Detention Centre in Elbasan The Future We Want campaign tops UN day celebrations On the occasion of UN Day 2012. This campaign. The national consultations in Albania will be organized around the three mutually reinforcing themes of youth employment. The works comprise the construction of seven new buildings. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun. during the UN Day Ceremony . improving their living conditions and reducing overcrowding in cells. and independent experts will influence the design of the renewed agenda. launched by the UN is rooted in the power of peo- ple’s dreams to invoke a sustainable future that is worth creating. youth and women. laundry. Strengthening the capacity of the Albanian Judicial and Penitentiary system. These consultations will be conducted through citizen panels with the aim to capture the voices of the poor and marginalized. It will certainly take time and patience to reach a consensus around a renewed global development agenda but we are confident of its results. Indeed. thus respecting the human rights of the pre-detainees. the Municipality of Tirana and the UN country team planted 21 trees in the main pavement at “28 Nentori” Street. the United Nations in Albania launched the “Future We Want” Campaign with the students of the journalism department at the Faculty of History and Philology. workshops. The campaign will contribute to the development of the post-2015 international development agenda. The voices and priorities of citizens. UN has initiated a large consultation exercise entitled “The Future We Want” in at least 50 countries across the globe. Jozefina Topalli and UN Resident Coordinator in Albania. Parliament Speaker. and treatment in places of detention. Tirana University. Photo: The Head of the EU Delegation. All these views from the people of Albania will be inputted to the global platforms before the end of March next year. To this end. Albania is one of them. Photo: Prime Minister Berisha. offices. we are pleased to launch in Albania the national consultations for the international development agenda which will take us all beyond 2015. asking them what kind of world they want to live in and what actions should be taken. UN Resident Coordinator in Albania. training of prisons staff and civil society actions. the United Nations in Albania launched the “Future We Want” Campaign with the students of the journalism department at the Faculty of History and Philology. The UN will be employing new technologies to hold a ‘global conversation’ with citizens around the world. Eduard Halimi. To celebrate UN Day. in accordance with EU and international standards is one of the key aims of the EU’s cooperation with the Government of Albania in the Integration Process. of children. said during the UN Day Ceremony: ”Today. civil society groups.October | 5 tion. Both parties agree on an adequate improving of the capacity and quality of pre-trial detention facilities. leisure facilities. through the construction of new penitentiary infrastructures. kitchen etc. with a total area of 7000 m2 of construction. on UN Day. significant investments have been made to develop the infrastructure and the human resources of the penitentiary system in Albania. The EU has been a partner in the progress marked in the sector. Tirana University. A total amount of around 60 million Euro have been invested in Albania in the recent years to improve living conditions. inequalities and environmental sustainability. Ambassador Ettore Sequi and Minister of Justice. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun. drawing forth the deepest potentials of all citizens of the world. The United Nations Country Team hosted an official ceremony participating UN part- Photo: On the occasion of UN Day 2012.
The United Nations in Albania supported the Marathon and used this opportunity to campaign for women’s rights and gender equality. We know now that Albania is irreversibly on the path towards a political. Italy. Serbia and Switzerland participated in the first Tirana International Marathon. Youth and Sports. representatives of international organizations. Kosovo. programmes and funds. Semia Solange Guermas De Tapia. Ministry of Interior. regional and local development and inclusive social policies. A group of UN staff ran for women’s rights taking this opportunity to ad- vocate for gender equality in Albania and in the world. recalled that: “This year we celebrate UN day in a country marking its centenary of independence and coming closer and closer to achieving its EU integration goal. handed over medals and prizes to the women winners of the semi-marathon. the Albanian Olympic Committee. UN Resident Coordinator in Albania. to make sure that all countries of the world irreversibly achieve by end 2015. P reparation of the questionnaire in response to the Global Survey on ICPD post 2014 During the month of October. civil society. The event was organized by the Municipality of Tirana. Led by the Government of Albania and building on the strengths of the twenty participating UN agencies. the Albanian Federation of “Sport for All” and many other organizations supported this event. The Tirana Marathon aimed to promote a set of social. members of Parliament. the rule of law. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun. sporting. social.October | 6 ners such as government representatives. Prime Minister. the UN in Albania supports national priorities and development challenges of the country in the areas of governance. Several institutions such as: Ministry of Culture. cultural. economy and environment. The programme supports Albania in its European Integration Agenda. UN Women Representative in Albania. and the Mayor of Tirana. academia and the media. Every year on UN Day. France. The UN resident Coordinator in Albania. the Government embarked on the process of completing the questionnaire in preparation for the International Conference on Photo: Meeting organised with representatives from ministry responses and civil society to validate the answers of the questionnaire in response to the Global Survey on ICPD post 2014 . over 3000 runners from Kenya. the United States. Poland. Congratulations to Albania and to its people. educational. Ministry of Defense. Sali Berisha. on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of independence of Albania. the Millennium Development Goals. Lulzim Basha. hands over medals and prizes to the women winners of the semi-marathon UN staff run for women’s rights in first Tirana International Marathon On 21 October 2012. Information materials on gender equality were distributed to all registered runners. Finland. UN Volunteers hold a booth at the Marathon Expo on Skanderbeg Square. protect children and empower women”. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun welcomed the organization of an inclusive international sport event in Tirana that promoted equal rights for all. greeted the participants and welcomed the organization of such an important sport event in Tirana. with the overarching objective to reduce by half world poverty. Semia Solange Guermas De Tapia. Ministry of Education. we renew our resolve to do more. Photo: UN Women Representative in Albania. cultural and economic union which has at its roots peace among nations and prosperity of peoples – values that are also at the core of the United Nations. reverse global warming. economic and ecological values to the national and international community.
PROTIK was created as a public-private initiative with the cooperation of the Government of Albania. Michael Granoff. as well as civil society. When designing the questionnaire were reflected all officially income contributions from line ministries. For the preparation of the questionnaire were organized two meetings. and representatives from Microsoft and Albtelecom at the opening ceremony today for the PROTIK ICT Resource center (Credit: USAID/Albania). the second step of the process of ICPD is UNECE presentation and discussion of a regional report on the Geneva Conference in 2013. urbanization. Cisco. USAID and the Ministry of Innovation and ICT officially opened Albania’s PROTIK ICT Resource centre. and a series of UN resolutions followed in the consolidation process. welfare of individuals (especially those in need). Mr.October | 7 Population and Development (ICPD) after 2014. Questionnaire is important as it represents not only the performance of Albania and achievements in the implementation of the Plan of Action of the ICPD and beyond. (Photo Credit: USAID Albania) USAID Albania Supports Conference on Independent Financial Regulators On 31 October 2012. 9638. At global level. Holly Bakke. the Head of the EU Delegation of Albania. Mr. Photo Photo: Minister of Innovation and ICT. migration and sustainable economic development in general. health. Albania. Prime Minister Berisha. Ms. has ratified the 2006-2010 ICPD action plan between the Council of Ministers and the UNFPA (approved by Law no. Completion of this questionnaire is an important step towards fulfilling the obligations arising from participation in the UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in September 1994. USAID. USAID co-organized the conference with Albania’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA). and ways to foster the development of financial industry in developed and developing countries. Most recent resolutions of the General Assembly no. Former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. Mr. for the year 2014 is provided for the development of a global conference. education. in collaboration with Member States.S. delivered remarks at the opening of an international conference on the independence of financial regulators. Photo: International finance experts from EU and Balkan countries participated in panel discussions and presented case studies on issues related to autonomy and accountability of regulators. delivered the keynote address.11. The process for completing the questionnaire was coordinated by DSDC in collaboration with line ministries and with the support of UNFPA. The second relates to the validation and consultation with representatives from ministry responses and civil society (about 50 NGOs consulted). as a member of the Cairo Conference. 9. and ways to foster the development of financial industry in developed and developing coun- tries. and Albtelecom.2006). the Chairman of the AADF. the U. which will be presented Global Report by the Secretary General of the United Nations. the questionnaire responses were compared with relevant documents produced by institutions such as EU Questionnaire 2010. Ambassador Ettore Sequi. where the first meeting consisted of launching the process with the central institutions. USAID Albania Inaugurates PROTIK ICT Resource Centre On October 10. Deputy Chief of Mission. commits UNFPA. Meanwhile. Genc Pollo. the impact of the financial crisis. the impact of the financial crisis. gender equality and empowerment of women. Meanwhile. Jim Barnhart. Microsoft Albania. but also contributes to the discussion on the review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) beyond 2015. Main areas where the focus questionnaire related to issues such as family. or other reports. Henry Jardine. International finance experts from EU and Balkan countries participated in panel discussions and presented case studies on issues related to autonomy and accountability of regulators. The purpose of the conference was to discuss growing evidence that independent regulators make regulations more effective and lead to smoother and more efficient operations of the market. 65/234 of 2010. to take on ICPD Global Survey process post 2014. . and USAID/Albania Mission Director. PROTIK will support the development and use of ICT innovations for small and medium enterprises and promote ICT sector growth in Albania. the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF).
useful for government planning and policy-making in the broader perspective of the development of the Albanian rural sector. During the kick-off event in spring 2012. Based on this joint analysis. since the census of agriculture utilised the PHC 2011 as Photo: Two-day Korça Apple Festival organized in Mançurisht village in Proger the main source for identifying its target units and adopted the PHC Enumeration Areas. and other GoA Institutions.S. There was an increase in the menu sales from week to week and the monitoring group noted that the Food Festival stimulated local participation in dining and provided for additional income opportunities for restaurant owners. after the Economic Enterprises Census (EEC. Food and Consumer Protection). the Korça Food Festival. the Korça Food Festival. which has been successfully completed and the Sign Posting. USAID’s Albanian Agriculture Competitiveness (AAC) . enriched Korça city life and promoted traditional and local gastronomy. who are interested and participate in the implementation of concrete initiatives only. and will provide a reliable and detailed basis for informed policy and investment decision making. i. in cooperation with MAFCP (Ministry of Agriculture. Consistently with the current approach of the Common Agriculture Policy. Deputy Chief of Mission. Michael Granoff.. and Consortium for Development of Innovative Methodologies for the Public Administration (MIPA. The census questionnaire and manual are the final output of a long process of elaboration carried out by the competent INSTAT . This initiative attracted Korça’s inhabitants to have more restaurant meals.Gusht | 8 Caption: Minister of Innovation and ICT. where the second phase of the second phase of the project Support to Agriculture and Rural Development has recently started under IPA 2011. The operation marks a new key step towards the alignment of Albanian statistics with EU standards. Methodological assistance was provided by IPA 2007 project “Support for alignment of Albanian Statistics with EU standards” implemented by ISTAT Italy in cooperation with Statistics Sweden (SCB). 19 restaurants and 12 pizzerias. which is underway. Mr.e. this if for the European Union a crucial area of cooperation with the GoA and in particular with the MAFCP. local stakeholders defined strengths and weaknesses of each link of tourism value chain in the Korça region. The first completed project that derived from the value-chain workshop. with a fund of 10 million Euro.They will allow establishing a Statistical Farm Register as frame for sector sample surveys. The goal was to cooperate with actors.KorrikOctober . The project lasted from May to September 2012 and was monitored by the Korça Municipality. will run from November 2012 to June 2013. in line with international standards. Mr. Henry Jardine. Census of Agricultural Holdings 2012 With EU’s and Sweden’s assistance. Mr. As a measure of quality assurance. four specific value-chain initiatives were identi- fied for support. and representatives from Microsoft and Albtelecom at the opening ceremony today for the PROTIK ICT Resource centre. INSTAT carried out the Census of Agriculture Holdings in October 2012. which would ultimately lead to a greater number of job opportunities in the restaurant businesses. INSTAT implemented a Post Enumeration Survey in November 2012. 2011). Ministry of Interior. Moreover.MAFCP technical group in the period June 2010 – June 2012. Genc Pollo. It is expected that the final results of the agriculture census will be published by the end of 2013. taking into account the needed adaptations to the national context. 2010) and the Population and Housing Census (PHC. which came together and decided to offer their menus at a promotional price on each Wednesday of the week. Korça Region Touristic Packages and the Souvenir Contest. Italy). the databases of the two censuses are technically linked: this paves the ground for elaborating cross-cutting indicators and analyses. the Chairman of the AADF. whereas the two medium-term projects. Sustainable Integrated Tourism in the Korça Region: a Value Chain Approach The GIZ-EDEP programme has started the ‘Integrated Tourism Value Chain Initiative’ (ITVCI) in the Korça region to promote innovative networking among public and private actors in the tourism sector and to identify together possible gaps within the tourism value chain. USAID Supports Korça Apple Festival On 13 October 2012. engaged thirtyone businesses. social networking and contacts among the local population increased and business growth was stimulated. Hence. aimed at ensuring the maximum level of consistency with the relevant EUROSTAT requirements. two short-term microprojects. census materials are at present returning to INSTAT Headquarters for the start of data processing. the U. Enumeration activities ended as scheduled on October 31st.
Swiss Government contributes 3. in the center. every country needs to have a well-coordinated national blood service to ensure adequate and safe supply of blood for all patients that require transfusion. Detlef Palm. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Albania United Nations Staff Donates Blood On 22 October 2012. and processors participated in the activities which included an apple judging contest. blood stocks in medical centres and hospitals are low. the UN volunteers and the World Health Organization. The initiative is meant to improve the efficiency of the social protection system and the quality of social services for vulnerable groups. a tour of the Muso Brother’s Apple Orchard and cold storage facility. present at the event. as a contribution to the UN – Government of Albania Programme of Cooperation. More than 200 apple growers. Kastriot Sulka Deputy Minister of Labor Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and Mr. There is no one single reason why: Everyday. Their lives depend on voluntary blood donations. The best way that countries can assure a reliable. modelling and assistance for capacity building measures. or a teenager in car ac- cident or a mother needing a transfusion. Ms. traders. The UN encourages voluntary blood donation in Albania and worldwide. The effort is now supported by a USD 3. In Albania. Denada Seferi. The reform of social care services is part of the on-going reform of the social protection system managed by the Ministry of Labour.Gusht | 9 program in collaboration with the Korça’s Regional Directorate of Agriculture organized a two-day Korça Apple Festival in Mançurisht village in Proger. United Nations Volunteer and Ms Roberta Gentile. also in collaboration with other development partners working in the area. including those from Roma populations and children.” According to the World Health Organization. Mrs. Yesim Oruc. a child perhaps. and competitiveness of Korça’s apples. data collection and research. on the eve of the United Nations Day. in cooperation with the Albanian Red Cross and the Albanian National Blood Bank Team. organized a blood donation in the UN premises. unpaid donors.KorrikOctober . The event aimed to promote apples as a produce-mark of the Korça region. The President of the Albanian Red Cross Mr. Shyqyri Subashi. marketing. Photo: On the left. efforts have been made to pass from traditional regularly paid blood donations to voluntary non remunerated blood donations. UNICEF Representative. There is an urgent need to raise awareness on voluntary blood donation. UNDP Country Director in Albania said “I gave blood today. Mr. there is someone. safe blood supply is to obtain 100% of blood donations from voluntary. The reform aims to ensure that social protection works for the most vulnerable members of society. Country Director. on the right Mr.3 million US Dollar to the Social Care Reform The Government continuous its reform of the Social Care Services. Support provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Albania through UNICEF.3 million grant from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Albania provided through UNICEF. USAID has assisted farmers in the region for the past five years to improve the production. thanked the UN for its commitment to voluntary blood donation. and a seminar on how to support the future development of Korça’s apple industry. Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The reform will rely on the coordina- Photo: Ms Linda Aitio. which is expected to be conducted over the next three to four years. Policy Director of Social Services. will include technical assistance for policy analysis. For several years. A press conference was organized at the UNICEF office on 4 October 2012 to present the initiative. Holger Tausch. UNDESA Fellow .
He pointed at the necessity to improve the distribution of growth and welfare benefits. the UN Committee made many other recommendations. In the rush to increase the Gross Domestic Product. children are often asked to take the back seat. Ombudsman. It further aims to enable their effective participation in all social spheres on an equal basis with others by enabling autonomy and independent living for all persons with disabilities through provision of assistance and support. Sali Berisha.October | 10 tion with and cooperation of several other ministries. Several sessions are being organized with representatives of civil society organizations to get their opinions on the text. the Ombudsman Conference of French speaking countries was held in Tirana. However. representatives of nongovernmental organizations. which the families are responsible for getting sorted out. Antidiscrimination Commissioner and representatives of EU delegation in Albania. and which require minimal State interventions. He mentioned that Children’s issues are often thought of as family issues. The draft law aims to ensure the effective promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. Christine Moro. Regional Councils. To have a fully functioning and adequately resourced children’s department in the Ombudsman’s office is important as is Photo: Ombudsman Conference of French speaking countries was held in Tirana from 23 to 24 October 2012 sues related to children often need specialist advise and attention. and children need string national institutions that are on their side. Despite the progress made by Albania. Prime Minister. Dominique Baudis. Participants discussed how to strengthen competencies of mediators and ombudsman’s vis-avis the protection of the rights of children. Prof. Ministry of Interior. came together to discuss the draft law on Inclusion of and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. President of AOMF. Along with this process. civil society organizations representing vulnerable groups of people. and other development partners. General Secretary of AOMF. where the families are unable to cope. Igli Totozani. Ms. including the Ministry of Finance. The conference was opened by Dr.both the well-to-do and the poor. French Ambassador. The presentation of Albania’s legal and institutional framework related to the protection of the rights of the child attracted the attention of the participants. Serigne Diop. and stressed that more equitable societies are better for everyone . Ombudsman Conference on the Children’s Rights in Albania From 23 to 24 October 2012. Disability Draft Act consulted with partners and interest groups On 11 October 2012. the Government has undertaken Photo: Discussion of the draft law on Inclusion of and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities on 11 October 2012 . local government units. Mr. This is one of the recommendation of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child made a few weeks ago following the review of the Albania progress report on children’s rights. People’s Advocate. international non-governmental organizations. Implementation of these recommendations could also be monitored by the Children’s Departments in the Ombudsman’s Office. “The elaboration of the Disability draft law started in 2011. the Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges State Parties to provide support so that children are adequately protected and supported. UNICEF Representative mentioned that the language of children rights should be universally understood. Mr. institutions offering social care services. He emphasized the need to strengthen national institutions that deal with children’s rights. which provide enough of an agenda to the concerned state institutions and development partners. in- cluding Disabled People’s Associations. Mediator of the Republic of Senegal and Mr. Regional Needs Assessment and Service Planning Committees. Detlef Palm. Ombudsman of France. line ministries.
partner institutions. present at the event highlighted that the draft law is a key legal text in transposing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Albanian law and wished all partners in the forum to have a constructive dialogue. In particular. through the development of solidarity activities such as planting trees. Berat and Vlora were the focus of a consultative workshop on 3 October 2012. aiming to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society. civil society organizations and activists in the area of minority rights. officially opened the event and announced the launching of a day care for older persons financed by the municipality of Fier. held in Tirana. Mr. Roma musicians. The discussion on the draft law is still open for the groups of interest and other interested organizations. The United Nations General Assembly established 1 October as the International Day of Older Persons in 1990 and the day has been observed since 1 October 1991. The City Mayor. brought together representatives of central and local authorities. Each year. The process for drafting and finalizing the Disability Act is supported by UNDP Albania as part of its project “Support Program on the Convention of the Right of Persons with Disabilities”. the programme provides assistance on formulation of relevant legislation and policies. present at the consultation sessions. 2012 is also the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. including school students. Stakeholders discuss ways to provide better opportunities and empower Roma and Egyptian Communities Challenges and opportunities for the empowerment of Roma and Egyptian communities in the regions of Korca. believe that this piece of legislation can strongly contribute to ensuring equal opportunities for all persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. Director of Cross-cutting Strategies Monitoring in the MOLSAEO. with a performance of the professional singer Shiqpe Zani. looking after the children in the neighbourhood amongst others. The UNDP Cluster Manager for Environment and Participation. the International Day of Older Persons is marked around the world. Fier Municipality. Older persons play a crucial role in society On 1 October 2012. Information products about active aging were also distributed. Persons with disabilities. It is also home to the United Nations programme on Empowering Vulnerable Local Communities. Thoma Miço. Fier is one of only 5 cities in Albania with a retirement home serving the needs of older people. This event was part of a series of consultation sessions organized since July 2012 with the civil society organizations in Shkodra. The event also aimed to call on the older persons to remain active and involved in their community. Baftjar Zeqaj. Yesim Oruc who was present at the event. The theme of the 2012 observation is “Longevity: Shaping the Future”. The programme works to strengthen national capacity to achieve the social inclusion of persons with disabilities. “Social inclusion of vulnerable Roma and Egyptian remains a priority in the country and this consultative workshop is an effort to enhance coordination and strengthen cooperation among central and local authorities as well as foster collaboration between development agencies and local civil society organizations”. Ilda Bozo. highlighted that the draft Act reflects Albania’s commitment to human rights and shall guide the progressive amendment of Albanian legislation with a view to adapting it to a contemporary model and image of disability. the Albanian Society for All Ages. Ilda Bozo highlighted the importance the new SSIREC Project has in spreading the .October | 11 the procedures for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” – informed. provided that it is implemented by accountable responsible agencies and stakeholders. The event. The day was built around music. Ms. Ms. Entela Lako. on 1 October. and United Nations Volunteers organized an event to promote the International Day of Older Persons and highlight the crucial role they can play in society. Director of the Directorate of Crosscutting Strategies at Ministry of Labour Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. The event ended with a reception that brought together participants from all generations of the city. General Director of Policies in the MOLSAEO. On this day. It was thus an opportunity to bring together younger and older generations of the city including the Roma community. Photo: Participants at the International Day for Older Persons in Fier. policy makers are reminded of the need to ensure the well-being of older persons and their meaningful participation in society. says UNDP Country Director Ms. Peace Corps Volunteers and volunteers from the Red Cross and the United Nations in Albania. Young students of the local school joined elderly Roma musicians in sharing talent. Vlora and Korça. older citizens. enhances stakeholders’ capacities on monitoring the implementation of the CRPD and raises public awareness about disability rights.
At financial level. The workshop was held in the framework of the newly launched Project “Supporting Social Inclusion of Roma and Egyptian Communities (SSIREC)”. by supporting participation in local planning and infrastructure development. In this frame. cooperation between the Albanian Water Regulatory Authority (WRA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’s (GIZ) Water Sector Reform Program has reached another important milestone. During the launch event. The recommendations of the consultative workshop will be shared with the stakeholders and are expected to guide the work of SSIREC and other development initiatives in the three regions during the next two years. Chairman of the WRA. The purpose of SSIREC Project is to further improve social inclusion of vulnerable Roma and Egyptian communities in three regions of Albania. The event was well-received and attended by a broad audience of central and local government representatives. funded by the EU with a budget of EUR 1. Participants in the workshop exchanged views on specific challenges and opportunities that the SSIREC may be faced with while providing assistance to the Roma and Egyptian communities in each region. emphasized the constant commitment of the EC both at political and financial level in favor of social inclusion. “At political level the Delegation is in constant contact with the relevant governmental counterparts for the implementation of the conclusion of the Workshop on Social Integration held in December last year.” The WRA has devoted much effort to increasing transparency in the sector. the Commission is providing funding both at regional and national levels to several projects in support of inclusion of Roma & Egyptian communities. associations. stressed in his keynote speech the paramount significance of the report for the steering of sector development “The Water Regulatory Authority’s first report gives us the opportunity to really see what is happening. The from now on annual publication of the WRA’s Performance Report is intended as another incentive for utility managers to improve the performance of their company for the good of the Albanian consumers. how the utilities have performed. supervisory councils. Representatives of local authorities along with members of Roma and Egyptian civil society organizations identified local priorities in the areas of community consultation and representation.6 million. Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (MoLSAEO).October | 12 effective practices in support of Roma/ Egyptian people in various regions of Albania. results were discussed and the top performers presented with awards in recognition of their achievements during the year 2011. Minister of Public Works and Transport. During the official launch ceremony on 10 October. media. Photo: speech Minister Oldashi (Photo Credit: GIZ) Water Regulatory Authority publishes first Performance Report and presents Utility Performance Awards 2011 With the publication of the ‘Report on the Performance of the Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities 2011’. and to exchange on good and bad experiences. employment and entrepreneurship promotion. capacity building for community associations and youth. national and international regulatory authorities. and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Labour. Stefano Calabretta. Avni Dervishi . besides the targeted water supply and sewerage utilities. the project implemented by UNDP has good preconditions for a successful implementation” highlighted Mr. customer representatives and donors. Sokol Olldashi. capacity development for Roma and Egyptian civil society organizations. Programme Manager at the EU Delegation in Tirana. The report takes monitoring WRA Performance Report (Photo Credit: GIZ) of the water supply and sewerage sector performance to a new level: the WRA released detailed information on each water supply and sewerage company’s progress as well as a ‘league table’ ranking of the 56 companies that were assessed. Calabretta. utilization of vocational trainings as well as localizing of the Roma Decade Action Plan. implementation and monitoring of social inclusion policies. and wants the utilities to be accountable for the services they do – or fail to – deliver.
in the Balkan Region. Mr. EU speakers and representatives of local and regional authorities in Albania and Europe. In both meetings. and will be happy to pay for. Elisabetta Belloni emphasized the important contribution of Italian Cooperation in Albania. local development is crucial for the economic and institutional development in every democratic country. Mr. Mr. donors and media. Ambassadors to Albania. held in Tirana on 30-31 October 2012 . More in general. “The collaboration between the Italian Cooperation and UNDP in Albania has been very effective in promoting democratic partici- pation at the local level. Haxhinasto and the Minister for Public Works. business community as well as academics. and with the financial support of the Swiss cooperation. There is no doubt that our utilities need to become better at running efficient businesses that deliver a level of service that customers are satisfied with. facilitating access to credit for the most disadvantaged groups and supporting the social integration of vulnerable groups. Minister Plenipotentiary Elisabetta Belloni The high level conference “The Role of Decentralization in the Consolidation of Democracy in Albania and the European Integration”. held in Tirana on 30-31 October 2012. as the Minister of Interior Flamur Noka and the Minister of Transport and Public Works Olldashi. through the ART GOLD 2 Programme. Within the framework of the mission in Albania. In her point of view. Elisabetta Belloni. had meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy. by strengthening the local government institutions and promoting democratic participatory processes. During her address at the plenary conference. civil Photo: Representatives of WRA and awarded top performing utilities (Photo Credit: GIZ) society. but not tap water. Ferdinand Poni. accompanied by the Italian Ambassador Gaiani and the Director of the Italian Cooperation office in Tirana. by creating a common platform of dialogue for local and regional authorities. the Albanian Counterpart expressed full satisfaction and gratitude to the Italian support for the economic and social development of the Country and for the promotion of the European integration process in Albania. funded by the Italian Government. Mrs. Olldashi. UNDP ART GOLD 2 staff led the panel on Local and Regional Development.’ Visit of the Director General of the Italian Development Cooperation. saw the participation of the Director of the Italian Development Cooperation. The Conference. which concluded the six-month Albanian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was organized in collaboration with the UNDP ArtGold 2 Programme. brought together representatives of the Albanian Government. Minister Haxhinasto underlined the remarkable role of the Italian Coopera- Photo: High level conference “The Role of Decentralization in the Consolidation of Democracy in Albania and the European Integration”. In particular. and showcased the significant knowledge that has been accumulated in Albania on territorial governance and sustainable development. characterized by a very friendly atmosphere.October | 13 explained: ‘Customers can shop around for the best deal on many things. The conference recognized the important role of decentralization toward the consolidation of democracy in Albania and. Senatori. I am absolutely convinced that the theme of Local Development should be put at the centre of the political agenda”. Trade and Energy. The WRA is here to make sure that they are treated fairly. it was highlighted the Shkodra and Vlora bottom-up participatory process for the development of the two respective strategic documents. Minister Plenipotentiary. chaired by the Deputy Minister of Interior. the Director Belloni. The Conference.
The conference featured a lively debate and covered relevant issues related to decentralisation. representatives from Ministries of Interior and Finance. the Head of OSCE Presence in Albania. As for the Energy Sector. human rights at the local level. The event took place at Sheraton Hotel and brought together many international and local partners active in the process of decentralisation and local government strengthening. high-level conference on decentralisation brought together various international and local partners to share and debate issues related to decentralisation and local democracy in Albania. The conference marked the closure of Albania’s Presidency of the Council of Europe. The thematic sessions focused on regionalisation. Holger Tausch during his speech. The investment is part of the DLDP’s intervention in strengthening local government units in . the Minister highlighted the recent activities related to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). supported more than 75 Albanian SMEs in the access to the credit. the Ministry of Interior held a two-day conference with the aim of fostering information sharing and debate related to decentralisation and local democracy in Albania. “I truly believe that this event and similar platforms are necessary for encour- aging relevant discussion and debate on important issues such as that of decentralization and democracy in the country”. with whom had a review over the main ongoing programmes and the planned actions. the donor community working in local governance. local and regional development. the Deputy Director of Swiss Development and Cooperation for Eastern Europe. while the final plenary session took place on day 2 at the Xibraku Resort outside of Tirana. NGOs participated in discussions. stressing on the strategic importance of this common infrastructure and foretold a progressively increasing participation of Italy to the development of renewable resources in Albania. Roger Denzer and the Deputy Mayor of Tirana. local government and regional development. USAID’s Planning and Local Governance Project in Albania (PLGP) held the Conference on Fiscal Decentralization which aimed to stimulate dialogue and consensus building on actions to be implemented to advance the fiscal decentralization in a fair. Mayors of PLGP partner LGUs. and transparent manner. Flamur Noka. Ms. Eugen Wollfarth. stressing both progresses made so far and the challenges still to be addressed. for which further development are envisaged with the support of the Italian Cooperation.3 million Euro. with an overall commitment of 28. The conference was organised in 6 thematic sessions held simultaneously during day 1. equitable. On 30 and 31 October 2012. the Minister and the General Director emphasized the importance of the additional 15 million Euro follow up initiative. Nataliya Romanova. Moreover the General Director paid a visit to the Minister Olldashi. Swiss Programme on Strengthening Local Government Inaugurates New Town Square in Reps The Swiss-funded Decentralisation and Local Development Programme (DLDP) has organised the inauguration of a new town square and park in the centre of Reps town. Tausch. citizen’s participation and performance and “autonomy” of local authorities. “We hope that such platforms will continue to be organized in the future and because they allow a broad and meaningful discussion and consultation process among all stakeholders beyond political considerations”. Present at the conference were the Minister of Interior. especially for the projects related to the Port of Vlore and the landfill of Sharra. Photo: Prime Minister Sali Berisha delivered remarks at USAID\’s Conference on Fiscal Decentralization (Credit: USAID/Albania) High Level Conference on Decentralisation Brings Together International and Local Actors A two-day. Jorida Tabaku. cross-border cooperation.October | 14 tion Programme in the support of the Albanian Private Sector Development. said Swiss Cooperation’s Country Director. USAID prepared a “White Paper of Fiscal Decentralization” which analyzed the legal framework and financial situations of local governments based on broad consultations with stakeholders in national and local level. Prior to the conference. the President of the Chamber of Regions. USAID Promotes Dialogue on Fiscal Decentralization in Albania On October 4. that should be soon finalized. The ongoing Italian-Albanian Programme for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises [SME]. Thanks to the positive results achieved by the Programme. continued Mr.
and representatives from civil society and business community. Other speakers included Maxhid Cungu. Chairman of Regional Council of Shkodra and Pashk Gjoni. For more information about the project visit www. Mayor of Orosh Commune. Daniel Wagner.E Florian Raunig. The event was greeted by Astrid Wein. On 29 October 2012. green patches and benches. aiming at facilitating several projects that will boost social and economic development in the areas of Shkodra and Lezha. Chairman of the Regional Council of Lezha. Maxhid Cungu. Swiss Cooperation’s representative. “Our decentralisation and local development programme is designed to strengthen local government structures. Holger Tausch.162 inhabitants of Reps benefit from this investment while the cooperation model can be replicated in the future for other similar projects.October | 15 several areas of North Albania. Astrid Wein. added Mr. On 2 October 2012. Mayor of Orosh. Pashk Gjoni. Holger Tausch. The new town square in Reps includes paved walkways. DLDP programme staff. Aleksander Lala. commune council members and local government representatives. The meeting introduced and discussed key points of the Fund of Regional Development Programme (RDP) financed by the Government of Austria and Switzerland. to improve procedures and to enable infrastructure investments”. The launching event was held at the premises of hotel “Colosseo” in Shkodra and brought together about 90 participants representing various layer of regional. Yvana Enzler. and by introducing Transfer Pricing and Double Taxation Treaties. Mayor of Orosh. Yvana Enzler.org New Programme Activities on Tax Transparency and Simplification Start Successfully Swiss Cooperation together with the International Finance Corporation have started successfully several activities related to the Tax Transparency and Simplification programme. The goal is to improve and simplify the tax administration system in Albania by making procedures easier and decreasing compliance costs. She mentioned that this investment is especially important since the Orosh commune cooperated by funding 32% of the investment. the Chairman of the Regional Council of Lezha. a renovated town square was made possible in Reps after a successful cooperation between Orosh commune authorities and the Swissfunded Decentralisation and Local Development Programme. said Swiss Ambassador. local and central government structures as well as civil society and private business. and the Chairman of Regional Council of Shkoder. The new fund is expected to be an effective tool in boosting social and economic development in the areas of Shkodër and Lezhë. There was also a wide participation of representatives of local structures and local government units from Shkodra and Lezha regions. During the event.416. Yvana Enzler. to introduce new models of functioning. New Regional Development Grant Fund Launched A new fund for supporting regional development in Northern Albania was launched in October.237. H. Holger Tausch. the Head of Austrian Development Cooperation in Albania. and His Excellency. in her speech. The inauguration saw the participation of Swiss Ambassador. Swiss Cooperation’s Country Director. Aleksander Lala expressed his confidence that such cooperation with the Swiss programme will continue in the future. DLDP. the Regional Development Programme (RDP) launched a new grant fund scheme as part of its strategy to support the development of Shkodra and Lezha regions. Sokol Haxhiu. The meeting was attended by the Austrian Ambassador. Further presentations by RDP staff explained more in detail the selection criteria and deadlines for the three funding windows offered by RDP. Florian Raunig. “It is an essential part of this programme to ensure joint cooperation as well as co-funding from local government units. and today we see a clear example of this here in Reps”. the RDP Team Leader.rdpnorthernalbania. Photo: Inauguration of the renovated town square in Reps with participation of Swiss Ambassador. Aleksander Lala. said Swiss Cooperation’s Country Director.356 ALL while the Orosh Commune contributed with 2. DLDP programme staff. Swiss Cooperation’s Country Director. introduced the concept and main goals of the Regional Development Fund and also presented its manual. commune council members and local government representatives. Tausch. the Ambassador of Austria. .971 ALL. Around 1. Through its grant fund programme DLDP provided 5. Head of Austrian Development Cooperation. “We are glad to see that the local government units are mobilizing and contributing more to the improvement of conditions in their areas”.
Swiss Cooperation supports a tax programme that covers several countries in the region and has a special focus on legislation. A demonstration of an adaptation/restoration measure in the Drini-Mati River Deltas (DMRD) which consisted in dune restoration through grass planting .000 USD in the coming months. “Climate Change Action Day” . “I encourage the Corporate World of Albania to look at these governance issues from a broad perspective. The survey is now underway and its results will reveal key information related to tax compliance issues as seen by private companies and businesses.Building resilience to climate change in Drini-Mati River Deltas On 10 October 2012. procedures and tax administration’s capacities for SME’s and international companies. The issue of assessment and implementation of the corporate governance code was discussed at the roundtable with businesses indicating serious interest in adopting and implementing the code. Swiss Cooperation’s Country Director. Elira Sakiqi. Kiril Nejkov presented results achieved by the Corporate Governance Programme. and the International Finance Corporation’s Country Officer. A Transfer Pricing Unit was established for the first time ever at the General Taxation Directorate and five staff members of the unit were trained by IFC tax experts on transfer pricing issues and policies. As a result. in order to raise your own awareness of the potential benefits of implementing the Corporate Governance Code”. a compliance survey started implementation targeting 1. Forestry and Water Administration in cooperation with UNDP Climate Change Programme and Regional Council of Lezha organized an event on the occasion of “Climate Change Action Day”. In line with the above activities. continued Mr. Tausch. Around 25 business representatives from various companies participated and shared their views on this topic. Holger Tausch. Participants had a chance to hear about the benefits of good corporate governance and also to learn on how to apply it. The conference was attended and greeted by the Swiss Co- operation’s Country Director. the Ministry of Finance has shown its support for the tax programme by committing around 50. IFC Corporate Governance Programme Officer. two companies showed interest in conducting corporate governance assessments. plans are underway to organize a regional training session on tax treaties in February 2013. the Ministry of Environment.October | 16 Following a mission in September 2012 by a team of IFC tax experts.(Amophilaarenaria) was made. Photo: Swiss Cooperation direct assistance to the taxpayers service staff Roundtable on Corporate Governance Sparks Interest among Private Companies The Corporate Governance Institute of Albania organized a roundtable to introduce the Corporate Governance Code and emphasise the importance of good corporate governance for businesses. In addition.000 Albanian businesses. The `dune planting` demonstrated during the Photo: Roundtable organized by the Corporate Governance Institute of Albania to introduce the Corporate Governance Code . “I am pleased to see Switzerland’s support for continuing this program towards making Albanian companies more attractive to investors”. said Holger Tausch. which is an initiative supported by the Swiss Cooperation and implemented by the IFC.
Yesim Oruc. who attended the event highlighted: “We are happy to see the implementation of the first adaptation measure identified for the Vain coastal area. of an extreme degradation of dunes` system and other habitats behind. It`s results will be used as an example to be replicated in other parts of the coast to help restoring. more segments do not exist or are dominated by invasive vegetation. in which contest on October 10 2012. Dunes` system. of some natural processes that sustain dunes ecosystems. the Director of the Italian Cooperation. civil society and media. The created situation made it necessary to take adaptation/restoration activities to increase the ecosystem and livelihood resilience to climate change. droughts. Pashk Gjoni. highlightedthat the urgent need to take into account the impact of climate change in all strategies and development plans of the area. Andrea Senatori to the Buna River protected area “Institutional support for protected areas in Albania” – this is the title of project financed by the Italian Cooperation and implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature . Let this be the first example which would convince us even more that adapting to climate change can be based on ecosystem resilience” During the event an exhibition was displayed with paintings drawn by students of the public schools of Lezha Region on the topic: “Climate Change and Adaptation Challenges”. Mr. Deputy Ministry of Environment.IUCN. community members. represents an ecosystem-based adaptation tool to re-establish natural diversity of dunes` plants and animals. Visit of Italian Cooperation Director. Taulant Bino. to monitor the climate change related indicators of ecosystems Photo: Climate Change Action Day organized on 10 October 2012 as part of the national monitoring and enable the early warning system in the project`s area. cope with. international organizations. and implemented. The project aims at strengthening both central and local offices of the Albania’s Ministry of Environment. During his visit to Buna River. Andrea Senatori. throughout identification and implementation of adaptation response measures to climate change. storm surges and coastal erosion has caused damages in ecosystems and local livelihood activities. Senatori . developed. Forest and Water Administration (MEFWA) by developing their capacities to systemically plan and manage protected areas.October | 17 event. The event was organized by “Identification and implementation of the adaptation response measures in Drini – Mati Rivers Deltas” project under the UNDP Climate Change Programme. Forestry and Water Administration. said Mrs. highlighted: “We are already ahead of a challenge and the need to intensify the work of all stakeholders at national and local level to consider the integration of adaptation measures also in the management plan of the Patok protected area. which harbour significant biodiversity values at global scale. The event was attended by representatives of local government. The impacts of climate change including extreme events in coastal ecosystems have started recently to become visible in Albania.the dune planting of several damage parts. as result of climate change and of human impacts. one of the project pilot sites. The long term goal of the project is to assist Albania in establishing a mechanism by which strategies to moderate. paid a visit to the Protected Landscape of Buna River. the Protected Area of Kune-Vain and Patoku lagoons is under the increasing influence of the dynamic geomorphologic processes in favour of the high erosion and consequently. Head of Regional Council of Lezha. Oruc. She also noted the need to cooperate with other partners to further implement the adaptation plan in the DMRD area. Increased number of floods. to replicate the results of this project in other parts of the Albanian coast line with similar problems and to urgently adopt and/or implement the set of recommendations of the policy document that the project is developing for the integration of the issues associated with climate change adaptation into the national or regional development plans”. almost all over DMRD coastal area is damaged. Especially in last 20 years. “UNDP will continue to support Albania`s efforts to better cope with the impacts of climate change and look forward to possible cooperation with all stakeholders at national and local government level”. and take advantage of the consequences of climate change are enhanced. The specific objective of project is increasing the ecosystem resilience in the Protected Areas of Kune-Vain and Patok. as appropriate. UNDP Country Director. Mr.
Later in the day Mr. were brought together in a regional training. 2012 (Credit: GIZ-ORF) .October | 18 met with the staff of the protected area administration to know about the advancement of the activities carried out by IUCN. namely the vice mayor of the Velipoje commune and the mayors of Dajç and Ana i Malit communes to discuss on the new opportunities for supporting local actors toward ecotourism and sustainable development. The main goal of this project is to assist the legal community on getting closer to the EU in terms of education The GIZ ( Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) Open Regional Fund for Foreign Trade Promotion develops and implements projects that aim at improving framework conditions for competitiveness and free trade in the region of Southeast Europe. “I hope our support will help stopping reiterating the same mistakes we have also done on many coastal areas of Italy. giz.de/regionalfonds-suedosteuropa. ORF. was established the South East European Law Schools Network (SEELS). an unspoiled beach and by the Buna river mouth. hiking guides trained and tourism service providers supported. Senatori.peaksofthebalkans. with the participation of eleven Law Faculties from the countries of the region. this is the challenge for a sustainable future” said Mr. Information about the Peaks of the Balkans Trail can be found on www. Andrea Senatori to the Buna River protected area The “Peaks of the Balkans” tain tourism in the border triangle of Albania.Legal Reform. Within the project „Cross-border development of moun- Photo: PhD students and assistant professors from the countries of the region. particularly the training of the staff and the preparation of the protected area management plan. While walking through the strict forest reserve in Velipoja he confessed to have been surprised by the beauty of the surrounding landscape. South East European Law School network On the 25 March 2011. There were signposts installed. Less concrete (build up) and more natural areas. procedures for border crossing adopted. Mr. Senatori met the representatives of the local communes.com. in Durrës from 10 – 14 September. Kosovo and Montenegro“ the joint border-crossing hiking trail Peaks of the Balkans has been established. This network is supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Further Information on GIZ Open Regional Funds you will find here: www. A promotion concept with a joint name and logo has also been developed. characterised by a rich alluvial forest. Photo: Visit of Italian Cooperation Director.
Only shortlisted organizations will be contacted.com/d9h24vy. The Canadian contribution must be matched by a significant equivalent contribution from the local partner. Tiranë (Tirana). The training “Harmonisation of South East European States’ Legislation with the EU Law”.October | 19 and exchange of experience. for- Photo: Roundtable held in the framework of the Dutch project that enhances the role of the Albanian Parliament (Credit: Embassy of the Netherlands) mer Member of the European Parliament (The Netherlands). Albanian members of parliament. PhD students and assistant professors from the countries of the region. Darko Fras. In this framework. political youth forum members and foreign experts discussed ways and means nourishing party democracy and influencing decision making processes.minbuza. Following the goal sixty master students. The main achievement of the training was the regional integration of the participants from the different countries. Jan Marinus Wiersma. to support civil society organizations working to improve the lives of Albanians and to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in Albania. please contact: Canadian Honorary Consulate (Konsullata e Nderit e Kanadase) Programi “Canada Fund” Rruga Deshmoret e 4 Shkurtit (Pallati i Ri perballe Akademise se Arteve) Kati 2. but also about the region and the process of EU Integration in which all countries of the region are part. In that framework a round table was held focusing on youth political forums. 2013). Supporting Parliament`s role in EU-Integration The Netherlands is sponsoring a project through its Matra programme that enhances the role of the Albanian Parliament in the pre-accession process. were brought together in a regional training. The application form can be used. The Canada Fund Program is now accepting new proposals until November 30. participants were not only learning about the EU Law. and Mr. (ii) Ensuring Security and Stability. 2012. registered NGOs wishing to submit project proposals may receive information on policy and guidelines from the Canadian Honorary Consulate. A special contribution was provided by two international experts: Mr.com For further information. The Canada Fund Program is intended to encourage citizens’ engagement in development processes. For more information on the `East West Parliamentary Practice Project’ please consult http://tinyurl. If you would like to know more about the Matra Programme in general. and (iv) Sustainable Economic Growth. Canada Fund Program. It can be obtained by e-mailing to: qinamie@abcom-al. in Durrës from 10 – 14 September. 2012. Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Albania The Government of Canada is pleased to announce an extension of its Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Albania for the current fiscal year 2012-2013 (ending March 31.Albania Tel: + 355 4 2257274 Fax: + 355 4 257273 Mob: 0682029122 . was organized in such a way that. The Canada Fund Program focuses on small-scale. Member of Parliament in Slovenia. sustainable projects promoting the thematic priorities of: (i) Advancing Democracy. (iii) Opportunities for Women and Youth. All applications are required to be in English. please visit http://www. Project proposals that are leveraged by contributions from other international donors are welcome.nl/en/keytopics/matra-programme.
the purpose of the mission was to discuss with the Government counterparts the progress made in the implementation of the remaining DRMAP project activities. (iv) supervise the status of implementation of all grant activities. supported by the grant from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The Bank team and the Ministry of Agriculture. As of 1 January until 31 December 2012. In the con- text of project Component 2. All comments regarding Government-Donor Dialogue are warmly welcomed! Want to contribute? If you would like to contribute. and (iv) share initial results of the local capacity assessment undertaken during the visit in June 2012. Implementation Support Mission. Development and Regional Activities Department. and (vi) discuss the preparation of Implementation Completion Report (ICR). Food and Consumer Protection also discussed the results of the technical assistance to flood risk management in the Drini-Buna river basin. visited from 3 to 12 October 2012. 2012.al) by the 5th of every month. And finally. Bank procurement specialist carried out a post-review of selected procurement packages. To unsubscribe: Please send an e-mail to Nevila Çomo (nevila. Mr. Technical Assistance to Strengthening of Flood Risk Management. Dimitar Ivanov.org. and the likelihood of achievement of project development objectives by its conclusion. Chief of Regional Office for Europe.como@aidharmonisation. The primary aim of the mission was to carry out the implementation support to the Disaster Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Project (DRMAP). the EU Delegation is the Chair of the Donor Technical Secretariat. the forecasted disbursements.org. Frequency Each edition will be sent to you on the 15th of every month.al) or the Department of Strategy and Donor Coordination (DSDC) (koordinimi@km. as per the GFDRR grant financing agreement. Albania Improved Natural Resources Management. from 8 to 15 October 2012. The overall aim of the mission was to follow up with the Project team and your Ministry on the implementation of the Swedish Grant on Improved Natural Resources Management Project. (iii) discuss with EU and MoLSA the next steps for the Technical Assistance activities outlined under the project to be funded by IPA 2013. took place from 22 to 26 October 2012. The review was focus on the impact of the current debt ceiling in project implementation until June 2013. 2013. Implementation Support Mission. Strengthening of Hydrometeorological Services.October | 20 In-country Missions World Bank Social Assistance Modernization Project. Education Excellence and Equity Project (Credit No. review the draft national platform on forest and pasture decentralization and monitor the implementation of the PROFOR Grant on Innovative Financing for Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Albania. In light of project closing set for February 28. Who are the donors in Albania? To find out who are the donors operating in Albania please click here. send your text to the Donor Technical Secretariat (DTS) Office (nevila. IDF Grant Strengthening Aarhus Convention Implementation Project Implementation Support Mission. following its conclusion on September 30. and to discuss the results of the Study on Flood Risk Assessment and Management in Drini-Buna River Basin. The key aims of the mission were to: (i) assess progress made on project implementation since the last mission of April 2012. Implementation Support Mission took place from 15 to 19 October 2012). (v) agree on an action plan for the 3 remaining months of the project closing date.como@aidharmonisation. (iii) review progress-to-date on key project indicators. visited on 8-9 October 2012. the mission was joint by a representative of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO). the actions agreed during the previous mission of April 2012. The aim of the visit was to review the overall project implementation progress and bottlenecks. (ii) identify any remained funds and agree on their use with the project team. focusing on the status of the agreed-upon critical actions. An ideal word count for submissions is around 100 words. 4180-ALB). The Bank team also planned visiting schools throughout the country to oversee compliance with environmental safeguards. The aims of the mission were to: (i) assist the Government in identifying the next steps to start the implementation of the project and assess the implementation progress (ii) follow up with MoLSA and Ministry of Finance (MoF) on some of the critical issues for the success of the project such as the progress on the funding and procurement of the MIS and the approval of the secondary legislation for pilot implementation. Disaster Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Project.gov.al ) The Government-Donor Dialogue Newsletter is supported by the OSCE Presence in Albania . the Project’s scheduled closing date.
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