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Thomas Simaku with a CD Release on Naxos
A CD comprising 6 works performed by the Kreutzer Quartet has just been released in the UK on Naxos records,and also in USA and Canada.
Thomas Simaku is an Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics.For more information about individual tracks, please go to Naxos website.
A new CD release of Thomas Simaku

Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa - Canada
Communist Sign the petition to support the building of a Monument to the Victims of Communism, in Ottawa, Canada

To: Parliament of Canada
While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined ? Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of this era's most significant event: the fall of the Soviet Union. While we believe that Vaclav Havel was right when he saw the fall of the Communist empire as an event on the same scale as the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not the end of Communism. Sign and Join this petition

Who recognised KOSOVA as an Independent State?
Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova
We are honored and humbled that it is our generation that lives to see that day and we are aware and ready to take up the path that begins from here. Our future is with Europe.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for standing by us in the worst times. In memory of those who gave and lost their lives, and loved ones. May peace and light prevail. Countries who recognized Kosova

Boycott of Greek products in Albania
Boycott of Greek products in Albania!

Albanian nationalists, who accuse Greece of turning the country into a non-conventional colony of Greece, are using the protest to halt the rising power of Greece in the country. In 2006 Greek Imports reached EUR 406mn, while Greek investments are estimated at over EUR 400mn. Greek companies and businesses own substantial shares in the telecommunication, petroleum and financial markets in the country. Strong protests were organized by the "Cham" population, ethnic Albanians that used to live in the territory of current Greece till the end of World War II. Afterwards, they forcedly expelled from their properties. Therefore we call on you to Boycott greek products in Albania

Donation for an Albanian Bridge in Shkoder City.
Has started a project to raise funds to build a bridge in the village of "Ure e Shtrenjte", near Shkoder. In need for donation to complete this project. More ..

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Albanian Economy:

Albania: Country Overview


Posted on Sunday, March 20 @ 08:45:22 PST by acl

Albanian Economy
    Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe and remains the Eastern European country with the highest level of poverty (95th of 175 countries on the 2003 Human Development Index). Officially, unemployment hovered at 15.8% in 2003, although unofficial estimates ranged from 10%-22%.

    USAID

    Studies indicate that the degree of inequality in national income distribution is steadily rising; Twenty-five percent of all Albanians fall below the poverty line of $1 per capita per day, with poverty in rural areas reaching almost 30%.

    Corruption: Corruption is endemic and taints many aspects of Albanian society. It erodes public confidence, undermines the rule-of-law, deters foreign direct investment, and delays Euro-Atlantic integration. Petty corruption continues to be pervasive among central and local government employees, as does large-scale corruption at higher levels. However, there are nascent signs of the GoA’s willingness to implement legislation that deters corrupt activities and creates a more transparent and accountable governmental system. The citizenry is also positioned to demand more efficient government services and denounce corruption.

    Trafficking in Persons: Albania is defined as a source/transit country primarily for women and girls trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation to EU countries. In the State Department’s 2003 Trafficking in Persons Report, Albania was categorized as a Tier 2 country for a second year, meeting minimum standards and making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with the standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000. Current child anti-trafficking efforts are focused on the 2004 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Athens, Greece. There is potential for increase of children from Albania being trafficked for labor and sexual exploitation in response to the demand of an international tourist market. Steps are being taken towards the implementation of bilateral agreements between the GoA and the Government of Greece.

    Energy Sector: A poorly performing energy sector has had a deleterious effect on the economy. Blackouts ranging from 3-14 hours create major costs for businesses purchasing alternative sources of electricity and discourage private sector investment. The state electric utility (KESH) is heavily dependent on hydro generation, and has made no major investments in generation, transmission or distribution within the last 15 years. Furthermore, the percentage of non-payers is greater than the payers.

    Property Restitution and Compensation: The collapse of the communist regime in the 1990s led to the massive privatization of cooperative and state farm assets. Distribution of land did not take into consideration former ownership of the private property that had been nationalized by the previous regime. Ultimately, this ambiguity has created social, political and economic conflicts due to the lack of clear title to the properties. Disputes over ownership and other legal rights to property arising from restitution claims make it difficult to attract the necessary national and foreign investment in Albania. Efforts are being made in assisting the GoA and Parliament in drafting and enacting the Law on the Recognition, Restitution and Compensation of Property, as well as in implementing the first registration of immovable properties in selected rural and urban areas.

    Enterprise Development and Export Market Services: Albania is trying to move from a command economy to a market economy by taking advantage of its natural resources, proximity to EU countries, positive climatic conditions and availability of a high-skilled labor force. However, this transition is a difficult one due to the Albanian private sector not being able to become a competitive player in the global market, and the country’s rising trade deficit. Assistance is supporting Albania’s efforts to enter into the global market through establishment of a competitive business environment and development of competitive enterprises.


 
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