Prime Minister Edi Rama announced in his personal Twitter account that the famous economist Mario Blejer will be counselor of Bank of Albania Governor, Genti Sejko. In his update, Rama declared: “Mario Blejer, the renowned economist who has served as Director of monetary policies in the Bank of Britain, will be the counselor of our Bank of Albania Governor.”
Genti Sejko was approved as the new Governor of Bank of Albania after the discharge of previous governor Adrian Fullani. Bank of Albania was involved in a theft scandal during the past year after more than $700 million declared missing from Treasury Chamber.
Local media in country claim that Prime Minister Edi Rama proposed Blejer several months ago to hold the position of Governor at Bank of Albania, but his proposal disapproved by President Bujar Nishani, which proposed Gent Sejko for this position. Sejko’s proposal was approved in majority by MPs at a special plenary session, on January 2015.
Blejer has visited Albania for the first time as a World Bank expert and as a leader of a group of international experts which analyzed the Albanian economy, before the country became member of several international financial institutions.
Born in Argentina, Blejer has served as an Assistant Professor at Boston University Department of Economics, Vice President of the Central Bank of Argentina, adviser on monetary, exchange rate, and fiscal policy at International Monetary Fund, and other positions.