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The USAID Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) supports partner municipalities on Building Local Economic Development Capacities.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, some 25 municipal officials including vice mayors and senior officials from the municipalities of Berat, Elbasan, Fier, Kuçova and Lushnja, attended a workshop organized by the USAID project on Local Economic Development (LED). The workshop aimed at enhancing the local officials’ understanding of municipal LED authority and responsibility.

The USAID experts gave several presentations on concepts of LED and possibilities for cooperation between local government units and private sector aiming at economic development of their communities.

Presentations included the Role of Economic Development Advisory Councils in Strengthening Private Sector Engagement, and an International Best Practice-Local Economic Development Using Financial Instruments for Land Development – the case of the municipality of Burlington in the state of Vermont, USA. These presentations triggered lively discussions among participants on how they can implement these models in their municipalities to attract investments from the private sector to spur economic development.

“We will create a database of all businesses operating in the city of Fier to identify private partners to approach in local economic development opportunities,” – said Albana Zeqaj, Projects and Investments Coordination Officer of the Municipality of Fier.

“The Municipality of Lushnje plans to establish an agriculture extension office to support farmers in applying for the state subsidies scheme. Farmers find it difficult to fill the application forms and lose the possibility to ensure funding from this scheme. This will earn our farmers more incomes and will lead to economic development, new investments and creation of new jobs,” – said Teuta Korreshi, Deputy Mayor of Lushnje.

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