Albania—Opportunities and Challenges in the Move Towards Emerging Market Status

International Monetary Fund
Hotel Sheraton, Tirana
May 14, 2008

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8:30–9:00 Registration
9:00–9:20 Welcome Speech by Mr. Gerwin Bell, Mission Chief for Albania, EUR, IMF
   
9:20–9:40 Introductory Remarks by His Excellency Prime Minister Sali Berisha

Albanian

English

   
9:40–11:00 Panel 1: Monetary Policy Issues
 

Chairperson Mr. Gerwin Bell, Mission Chief for Albania, EUR, IMF

Policy Challenges in an Environment of Rising Commodity Prices by Mr. Geoffrey Oestreicher, Senior Economist, EUR, IMF

Comments by Mr. Gramoz Kolasi, Director, Monetary Policy Department, BoA

The Challenges of Changing Monetary Policy Setup—Presentation by Mr. Altin Tanku, Director, Research Department, BoA

The Challenges of Changing Monetary Policy Setup—Paper by Mr. Altin Tanku, Director, Research Department, BoA

Comments by Mr. Meir Sokoler, IMF Adviser to the BoA

11:00—11:30 Coffee Break
   
11:30—13:00 Panel 2: Fiscal Policy Issues
 

Chairperson Ms. Ann-Margret Westin, Resident Representative in Albania, EUR, IMF

Fiscal Rule for Albania by Mr. Jiri Jonas, Senior Economist, FAD, IMF

Comments by Mr. Sherefedin Shehu, Deputy Minister, MoF

Challenges for Fiscal Policy in the Future—Presentation, by Mr. SkŽnder Uku, General Director, Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy General Directorate, MoF

Challenges for Fiscal Policy in the Future—Paper by Mr. SkŽnder Uku, General Director, Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy General Directorate, MoF

Comments by Mr. Ervin Bushati, Socialist Party Economic Expert

Debt Sustainability and Accessing International Markets by Ms. Alison Stuart, Senior Economist, PDR, IMF

Comments by Mr. Marian Gjermeni, Director, Monetary Operations Department, BoA

13:00–14:30. Buffet Lunch in Sheratonís Restaurant
   
14:30–16:00

Panel 3: Structural and Growth Issues

 

Chairperson Professor Enika Abazi, Head of Department of Economics and Business, University of New York in Tirana

Dealing with Macroeconomic Costs of Energy Shocks by Mr. Mumtaz Hussain, Senior Economist, EUR, IMF

Comments by Mr. Enno Bozdo, Deputy Minister, METE

Opportunities for Long Term High Growth Rate by Mr. Artan Hoxha, Institute of Contemporary Studies

Comments by Mr. Petraq Milo, Economic Adviser, Prime Ministerís Office

Structural Reforms in the Second Decade of Transition by Mr. Selami Xhepa, Economic Adviser, Premierís Office

Comments by Ms. Milva Ekonomi, Director, Agenda Institute

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break
   
16:30–18:00 Concluding Roundtable
 

Chairperson Mr. Gerwin Bell, Mission Chief for Albania, EUR, IMF

Participants: Mr. Ardian Fullani, Governor of the Bank of Albania,

Mr. Genc Ruli, Minister of Economy, Trade, and Energy,

Mr. Sherefedin Shehu, Deputy Minister of Finance,

Mr. Florjon Mima, Deputy Minister of Finance,

Mrs. Camille Nuamah, Country Manager for Albania, World Bank,

Mr. Daniel Berg, Country Representative for Albania, EBRD


Summary of Comments and Concluding Roundtable Discussions


18:00–19:30 Reception