National Conference of the Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania

TIRANA, Oct. 18 – The Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania started Wednesday the annual national conference with the participation of top government officials, including Prime Minister Sali Berisha. An exhibition with the most important products offered by the

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Capitalism with a human face: the new social initiatives of the budget

TIRANA, Oct.17 – Prime Minister Sali Berisha on Tuesday told a meeting of the parliamentary group of the governing Democratic Party that the 2007 budget would be one of the main topics to be debated in the parliament. The 2007

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Reaching Eastwards: a direct line to Moscow

TIRANA, Oct.14 – The Russian air company AEROFLOT will consider the possibility of providing a direct flight from Tirana to Moscow. The project is part of a bigger strategy of economic interaction with Russia. Albania has a strategic interest in

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A positive evaluation for the 1 Euro initiative

TIRANA, Oct.18 – The Union of Albanian Industrialists and Investors (BIISH) issued a statement on Wednesday to asses the government’s Albania 1 Euro initiative. It expressed its confidence that the initiative would improve business climate in Albania. As one of

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INSIG to be privatized next year

TIRANA, Oct. 19 – Deputy Finance Minister Shefredin Shehu said that privatization of INSIG, the state owned insurance company, would be completed next year. INSIG operates in Albania but also in Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosova. The news was given to

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Government focuses on economic issues

TIRANA, Oct. 18 – The last government meeting focused on economic issues. Prime Minister Berisha spoke at length on the recent issue of the public procurements and the necessary measures to effectively implement the new legislation. The treaty for the

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Greece’s Titan Cement asks to build a cement plant in Albania

TIRANA, Oct. 10 – The Greek Company Titan Cement has filed an application to Albanian authorities to obtain a license to build a cement plant. Titan already exports cement to Albania and owns two cement plants in the neighboring countries

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Retail trade in September

TIRANA, Oct. 11 – The Institute of Statistics reported the following results on retail trade commodities for June 2006. During June of 2006 there were exported 6,923 mln leks of commodities, increasing by 2% compared to June of 2005 and

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New 2,000 leks banknote soon in the market

TIRANA, Oct. 11 – The central Bank of Albania announced Wednesday that it is to issue a new 2,000 lek banknote. There are now banknotes starting from 100 leks followed to 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 leks. The BoA said

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Tirana-Vora secondary roads to be rehabilitated

TIRANA, Oct. 10 – The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications said Tuesday that it would invest 308,661 leks to rehabilitate the two secondary or parallel segments alongside the highway Tirana-Durres up to the Vora town. The work has already started

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct.17 - Prime Minister Sali Berisha on Tuesday told a meeting of the parliamentary group of the governing Democratic Party that the 2007 budget would be one of the main topics to be debated in the parliament. The 2007 budget covers some latest government initiatives to fight poverty. The premier considered as the most positive feature of the new budget "its social human face." The increase in the budgeted salaries will be 17 percent, a slight change from the previously declared 20 percent. A 2 percent of the GDP spending will be dedicated to national defense and military expenses. This decision is part of the larger NATO integration efforts.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct.14 - The Russian air company AEROFLOT will consider the possibility of providing a direct flight from Tirana to Moscow. The project is part of a bigger strategy of economic interaction with Russia. Albania has a strategic interest in trying to become part of major energy networks like the natural gas pipe of GazProm. Albania would like to exploit its geographic position to become part of the East-West pipeline, a transition spot between Bulgaria/Greece to Italy. Other potential areas of collaboration include the privatization of the Albanian Electric Corporation, about which a Russian energy company has expressed particu
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 19 - Deputy Finance Minister Shefredin Shehu said that privatization of INSIG, the state owned insurance company, would be completed next year. INSIG operates in Albania but also in Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosova. The news was given to the Italian Sole 24 Ore newspaper by the Italian Embassy in Tirana. An ad-hoc committee is created in the Finance Ministry to make a feasibility study about the timing and the operations of the sale. INSIG is owned by the Albanian government with 61 percent and the remaining 39 eprcent equally split between the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank group, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 18 - The last government meeting focused on economic issues. Prime Minister Berisha spoke at length on the recent issue of the public procurements and the necessary measures to effectively implement the new legislation. The treaty for the energy exchange projects with the government of Greece was another main topic. The decentralization of the aqueduct networks and the new laws about private concessions were the remaining items that were discussed.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 10 - The Greek Company Titan Cement has filed an application to Albanian authorities to obtain a license to build a cement plant. Titan already exports cement to Albania and owns two cement plants in the neighboring countries of Serbia and Macedonia. It has also production facilities in Bulgaria and Macedonia, and wants to expand its Balkan presence in the Albanian market where cement demand is growing rapidly. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 11 - The Institute of Statistics reported the following results on retail trade commodities for June 2006. During June of 2006 there were exported 6,923 mln leks of commodities, increasing by 2% compared to June of 2005 and decreasing by 1.1% compared to May of 2006. There were imported 27,786 mln leks of commodities with an increase of 18.5% compared to the same period a year ago and an increase of 14.1% compared to the previous month. The trade deficit in June was 20,863 mln leks, increasing by 20.2% compared to the previous month and by 25.5% compared to a year ago. Trade with the EU countries covered 63%. The main trade partners remained Italy and Greece. With Italy export was 70.5% and import 25.6%, while with Greece export was 8.7% and import 14.7%. Other partners with an increase export-import were: in exports Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Macedonia, and in imports Great Britain, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Italy. 
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