USAID Albania and the Swedish Embassy to Tirana will provide a $6 ml fund for the five upcoming years for projects in the tourism sector in Albania, projects that will generate jobs for locals in tourism areas and will be an added value for the tourism sector.
The announcement was made in the ceremony organized by USAID Albania and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency on October 8th, in Tirana. Present in the ceremony were the representative of USAID in Albania Marcus A. Johnson, the representative of SIDA Birgitta Jansson and the Minister of Economic Development, Arben Ahmetaj.
According to Minister Ahmetaj, in the two past years the government has focused in improving the legislative framework for the tourism sector and in improving the tourism infrastructure with the aim to increase the number of tourists and revenues from this sector. He declared: “Tourism has a multiplying effect in the Albanian economy. Private subjects must use these funding opportunities by bringing new creative ideas in the ecotourism field, cultural and historic tourism which offer unique elements for tourist.”
The representative of USAID, Marcus A. Johnson declared that the aim of this program is to contribute for the improvement of tourism sector in Albania, including the improvement of the business climate and workforce skills, in order to create new jobs and help the economy. “I consider this call for proposals as a competition of ideas,” declared Johnson.
News source/photo credits: ATA , Arton Krasniqi