Partners meeting of the LDA Albania
The partners meeting of the LDA Albania was held last 28 May at the premises of the Italian-Albanian Chamber of Commerce in Tirana. The event has been a key step of the relaunching and strengthening process of the Agency set in Shkodra in 2009.
The meeting brought together both local and international stakeholders to discuss on concrete solutions to reactivate LDA’s activities fully. In particular, the enlargement of the partnership has been a key topic of the debate. The meeting was attended by both current partners such as the Apulia Region and new ones interested in becoming active part of the LDA such as the Region of Vlora, the Municipality of Patos and Lukova, the Centre for Research Cooperation and Develoment, NGO Horizont and the Universities of Tirana and Elbasan.
ALDA was represented by Mr Bernardo Notarangelo, member of the Governing Board, and Mr Aldo Xhani, ALDA project manager. Three main elements were identified as being at the basis of the weakening process of the LDA in 2013: the devitalisation of the local and international components of the partnership as well as a less effective communication. At the same time, several factors were identified as key for a stronger role of the Agency in Albania: ALDA’s firm commitment and interest in promoting good governance and citizen participation in the country, the interest expressed by new partners in joining the partnership and the ongoing decentralisation process in Albania.
The meeting run in a positive atmosphere that strongly contributed to strengthen the bonds among partners and develop new ideas for the relaunch of the LDA. All the proposals have been collected and will constitute the basis for a new action plan. ALDA invites all stakeholders interested in joining the partnership to express their interest to Aldo Xhani at firstname.lastname@example.org