New infrastructure projects typically see an increase in demand for labor and skills, thereby creating new employment opportunities in the construction sector. In Albania, several infrastructure…

Nato Kurshitashvili |

Credit: Albanian National Tourism Agency Summer after summer, hundreds of thousands of urban dwellers flock from Tirana, Albania’s capital, and beyond to the nearby city of Durres, on the Adriatic…

David Michaud |

Credit: Albanian National Tourism Agency

David Michaud |

Along with other leaders from the World Bank Group, I am traveling back from a trip to Silicon Valley where we explored the links between technology and government, or GovTech, and their impact on…

Renaud Seligmann |

Saranda stairs. Source: Piotrus   One of my favorite memories from the past summer was discovering Saranda, located in the southern part of the ‘Albanian Riviera.’ I was fascinated by the city’s…

Anita Ellmauer-Klambauer |

It is well established in the economic literature that it’s the rich who benefit from the lion’s share of energy subsidies. Yet, it is often the poor and vulnerable who protest loudly against…

Guillermo Beylis, Barbara Cunha |

In November 2016, we published the “Practical Guide for Measuring Retail Payment Costs”, an innovative methodology that can be customized to country needs and circumstances, without losing the…

Holti Banka |

] As in most other regions, trucks reign supreme on freight transport across the Western Balkans, a region that encompasses six countries including: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR…

Romain Pison |

Tim Cordell, Cartoonstock.com We know that the justice system dampens the business climate in many of the countries where we work. In Bank reports, national strategies, and in common parlance, we…

Georgia Harley, Olga Šipka |