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CLLD in Albania towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - National conference

Institute for Democracy and Mediation, organized on Wednesday on 9 October 2013 a National Conference on “Community Led Local Development: Towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.
Main speakers were Mr. Alban Zusi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration; Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Francois Begeot, Representative of EU Delegation to Albania, Mr. Goran Soster, Coordinator of PREPARE Network. Other participants included MPs, representatives of local government units (Qarks, Municipalities), representatives of international organizations and donor community in Albania, civil society organizations etc.
This National Conference comes in a very crucial moment of governmental changes in Albania. Sustainable Local and Rural Development are the outmost key priority to the new elected government. Upon the establishment of the new government policies and programs will be designed, therefore it is crucial that policy makers are aware of the policy options to promote local and rural development in Albania, in view of EU objectives and strategies. In his speech Deputy Minister Zusi stated that the vision of the new government with regard to rural development is in full synergy with EU 2020 priorities.