In January 2018, the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) initiated work on establishing the national fiscal cadaster which will facilitate the implementation of the recently-adopted value-based property tax system on buildings.
The MoFE requested the technical assistance from the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project (PLGP) to ensure practical adoption and implementation of the national fiscal cadaster at local level, mainly to increase the technical capacities of municipal staff and also of the newly-recruited staff in the Department of Property Tax.
During the first weeks of September, as part of the demand-driven capacity building activities, PLGP experts developed and provided a comprehensive 3 module training cycle to the new staff of General Department of Property Tax. The training addressed topics on Local Tax Policy and Administrative issues, including local and fiscal autonomy concepts and practices, property tax collection and enforcement, and other related issues.
Six newly-recruited staff, most of them without any work experience but with outstanding performance in university studies, were eager and enthusiastic to learn more about property taxation and its relevance with local governance finance issues.
Ajla, 26 from Fier, is one of the staff members hired recently by this department. She studied finance in the United Kingdom and worked for the last three years as assistant professor at a private university in Tirana. – “I consult with USAID training materials all day long”- she told the PLGP Communications Officer. “There is a lot I am learning from the training materials and manuals on local taxation and finance published by USAID.”