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    Archive for March, 2007

    Albanian Music

    Posted by franksupa on March 23, 2007

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    Tirana Albania

    Posted by franksupa on March 23, 2007

    Tirana , it is thought that comes from the word Theranda, mentioned in the ancient Greek and Latin sources, that aborigines called Te Ranat, because the field was formed as a result of stiff materials that the waters from the surrounding mountains brought. Albanian Outsourcing
    Tirana comes from Tirkan. Tirkan was a castle in Dajti‘s mountainside. Even nowadays, there exist the ruins of this ancient castle that dates with the beginning of the I-century B.C. This is thought to have been the castle that the Byzantium historian Prokop (VI-century) called the Castle of Tirkan. Albanian Outsourcing
    Tirana comes from old Greek, Tyros which means dairy. It is thought that this variant remained, because in the field of Tirana, the shepherds of the nearby areas used to trade dairy products.
    For the first time Tirana’s name in the nowadays form was mentioned in 1418 in a Venetian document. Albanian Outsourcing
    For the first time the registration of lands was done under the ottoman invasion in 1431-1432. Tirana had 60 inhabited areas with near 1000 houses and 7300 inhabitants. In the XV -century as Marin Barleti mentions, there was Tirana e Madhe and Tirana e Vogël (Big and Small Tirana).
    In the registrations of 1583, the area of Tirana resulted to have 110 inhabited areas, 2900 houses and 20,000 inhabitants. Albanian Outsourcing
    Sulejman Pasha, whose background was from Mullet, established Tirana in 1614. First, he constructed a mosque, a bakery and a hamam (Turkish sauna).
    Two centuries later, the direction of the city went to the family of Toptani, from Kruja. The two oldest neighborhoods of Tirana were that of Mujos and that of Pazari, situated between the actual center and Elbasani street, in the two sides of Lana. Albanian Outsourcing
    In 1703 Tirana had 4000 inhabitants.
    In 1769 Tirana ‘s area exported 2600 barrels of olive oil and 14.000 stuffed packages of tobacco to Venetian trades.
    In 1820 Tirana had 12.000 inhabitants.
    In 1901 Tirana had 15.000 inhabitants.
    At the beginning of the XX – century Tirana had 140.000 olive trees, 400 oil mills, while the market numbered 700 shops. Albanian Outsourcing
    In 1838 Tirana had 38.000 inhabitants.
    In 1945 it had 60.000 inhabitants. The mosque in the center of Tirana, called the mosque of Ethem Beu began its construction in 1789 by Molla Beu from Petrela. The mosque was finished in 1821 from Molla Beu‘s son, Sulejman Pasha‘s grandnephew. The best masters of Albania worked for it. Haxhi Et’hem Beu started the Clock’s Tower around 1821-1822 and it was finished with the help of the richest families of Tirana. The family of Tufina made the restoration of the Clock. In 1928 the Albanian state bought in Germany a modern clock and the Tower was raised in the height of 35 m. During the World War II, the Clock was damaged, but it restarted work in July 1946.
    The Orthodox Church of Saint Prokop was built in 1780.
    The Catholic Church of Saint Maria was constructed in 1865 with the Austrian-Hungarian expenses of the Emperor, Franc Josef. Bridge of Tabakëve and bridge of Terzive (actually the bridge of the Elbasani Street) date with the beginning of the XIX century. Kapllan Hysa‘s mosque (near to the monument Ushtari I Panjohur (The Unknown soldier) was constructed in 1816.
    The Library was established in 1922 and had 5000 volumes.
    The Fortress of Petrela, 12 km far from Tirana, dates IV century BC. It took the actual form in the XIII century, under the rule of Topiaj and later passed to the property of Kastriots.
    Tirana become the temporary capital on 8 February appointed by the Congress of Lushnja and finally took this status on December 31, 1925.
    Tirana is the world main center of bektashis from 1925, a year when the bektashis were stopped and expulsed by Turkey.
    Estef Frashëri compiled the first regulatory plan of the city in 1923. Durrësi Street was opened in 1922 and was called Nana Mbretneshë (Queen Mother). A lot of houses and yards were demolished for its construction. The existing Parliamentary building was raised 1924 and firstly, it served as a Club of Officers. There, on September 1928, Ahmet Zogu proclaimed the Monarchy.
    The center of Tirana is projected by well-known Italian architects of Mussolini period, Florestano de Fausto and Armando Brasini.
    Their works are the Palace of Brigades (the ex-Reigning palace), the ministries buildings, the National Bank and the Municipality.
    Dëshmoret e Kombit (Martyrs of the Nation) boulevard was constructed in 1930 with the name Zogu I boulevard. In the communism period, the part from Skanderbeg square up to the Train Station was named Stalin boulevard.
    The Palace of Culture where the Theatre of Operas and Ballet and the National Library stand was finished in 1963. It was raised on the ex-old Trade of Tirana and the ex- soviet president Nikita Hrushov put on the first brick in 1959.
    The monument of Skanderbeg built in 1968 is a work of Odhise Paskali in collaboration with Andrea Mana and Janaq Paço. It was placed there for the occasion of the 500-th anniversary of the death of our national hero.
    The monument Mother Theresa, 12 m high was inaugurated in the cemetery Dëshmoret e Kombit in 1971.
    The Academy of Sciences was finished on April 1972.
    The Gallery of Figurative Arts was created in 1976 and it includes around 3200 works of Albanian and foreign authors.
    The National Historic Museum was built in 1981 and the ornament on its frontal part is called Albania.
    The International Cultural Center, the ex- museum Enver Hoxha was inaugurated in 1988. The Pyramid was projected by a group of architects under the direction of Pranvera Hoxha and Klement Kolaneci.
    In 1990 Tirana had 250.000 inhabitants. Actually, the massive overrun of inhabitants from all the other parts of the country in the capital has increased the population of Tirana to over 700.000 inhabitants.
    In 2000 the center of Tirana, from the Central University Corpus and up to the Skanderbeg square was declared as Cultural Assemble with particular values under the state ‘s protection, that same year in this area began a restoring process named Return to Identity.

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    Albania Bank Information

    Posted by franksupa on March 23, 2007

    Bank of Albania is the Central Bank of the Republic of Albania. This status is ratified by the Article 161 of the Constitution and by Law No. 8269, dated 27.12.1997 ” On the Bank of Albania” (pdf, 74kB) that establishes the targets, tasks, relationships with the banking system and the state, organization and management, ownership on the capital, financial statements and profit allocation. Albanian Outsourcing

    The Bank of Albania was established during the transition process with the passing to the two-level banking system and with the establishment of the necessary legal space for a central bank, which became official by the adoption of the Law No. 7559 “On the Bank of Albania”, on April 22, 1992. The later reviews on this law were compiled pursuant to both the models of the west countries and the recommendations of international organizations. Albanian Outsourcing

    The Bank of Albania is a fully state owned – bank and is accountable to the People’s Assembly of the Republic of Albania. It maintains, in accordance with the Law “On Accounting” and the international standards, accounts and records that should at any time accurately reflect the financial position of the Bank of Albania.Albanian Outsourcing

    With the attribute of the monetary and supervisor authority of the country, the Bank of Albania enjoys all the reliable functions of a typical central bank:

    • It compiles, approves and implements the monetary policy of the country and employsappropriate monetary instruments to achieve the monetary policy targets;

    • It has the exclusive right to issue and circulate the national currency and banknote;

    • It keeps and administers the foreign reserve of the Republic of Albania;

    • It compiles, adopts and implements the foreign exchange regime and the exchange rate policy;

    • It licenses or revokes a license on exercising banking activity and supervises the banking activity to ensure the banking system stability;

    • It acts as banker and advisor to, and as fiscal agent, of the Government of the Republic of Albania;

    • It serves as bank of second – tier banks;

    • It promotes the normal functioning of payments system.

    The Supervisory Council headed by the Governor manages the Bank of Albania. Within the competencies established by the law, it is independent of any other power in carrying out the main target of its activity and in exercising the assigned tasks. Every subject is obliged to respect the independence of the Bank of Albania, to not try to have influence on any member of the Supervisory Council for impinging on its obligations to the Bank of Albania, and to not interfere in the activity of the Bank of Albania.Albanian Outsourcing

    The head office of the Bank of Albania is located in Tirana. It has 5 branches in the districts of Shkodra, Elbasani, Gjirokastra, Korça, Lushnja.

    Banking system legal framework

    The Bank of Albania is the central bank of the Republic of Albania. The laws “On the Bank of Albania” and “On banks in the Republic of Albania” are implemented through decisions, regulations, orders and directives issued by the Bank.

    The legal acts are published in the Bank’s Official Bulletin. According to the legal framework, their aim is to ensure the banking system stability.

    The Supervisory Council, being the highest decision-making and supervising authority of the Bank’s policies, management and operations, approves the Bank’s laws. Its decisions are based on the Bank’s objectives and duties within the powers granted by law.

    The Supervisory Council approves acts according to the law and statute of the Bank of Albania whenever necessary or adequate in managing the Bank’s activity.

    Legal framework of the banking system

    The banking system in the Republic of Albania has a two-tier structure. In the first tier, it is included the Bank of Albania, whereas in the second one banks and branches of foreign banks and non-bank financial subjects licensed by the Bank of Albania.

    The Bank’s activity is conducted in compliance with the Law “On the Bank of Albania”; the banking system activity is conducted in compliance with Law “On banks in the Republic of Albania”.

    The Law “On the Bank of Albania” includes provisions providing for the Bank’ powers and its activities, legal independence elements of a central bank in attaining its objectives as defined in the law.

    The Law “On banks in the Republic of Albania” defines the core principles of banking activity in the Republic of Albania, the main procedures and rules of licensing and supervision in the Albanian banking system.
    The legal independence and the main duties of the Bank of Albania are provided for in a separate article of the Constitution.


    One of the fundamental tasks of the Bank of Albania defined by the law “On the Bank of Albania” is to promote and sustain the payment system. In carrying out this task, the Bank of Albania plays an intermediary role in the clearing and settlement of interbank payments.

    All commercial banks maintain ALL accounts with the Bank of Albania, through which the Bank of Albania performs payment services to them. Besides cash payments, the Bank of Albania provides non-cash services, such as cheques and payment order clearing, net settlement service, the processing and the settlement of high value payments.

    The Bank of Albania is also a participant in the payment system. Through this system the Bank of Albania performs payments for monetary policy purposes and for the account of the Government of Republic of Albania. The Albanian law entitles the Bank of Albania to define the legislation framework on payment systems, by establishing rules and procedures that are obligatory to all financial intermediaries.

    The Bank of Albania, not only plays the role of supervising commercial banks as main payment instrument issuers, but also seeks to coordinate their tasks. In this respect the Bank of Albania has established a permanent forum, the National Payments Committee. This Forum approves the interbank agreements that aim to achieve the smooth operation of the payment system in Albania.

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    Albania Economy

    Posted by franksupa on March 23, 2007

    Albania has one of the lowest standards of living in Europe. Approximately 60% of the workforce is engaged in agriculture; the majority of the balance is involved in some kind of industry. The country’s economy contracted in the early 1990s as Albania attempted to move quickly from a tightly controlled state-run system to a market economy. During this period, the unemployment rate was about 40%, but by the end of the decade it was closer to 20%. Albanian Outsourcing

    Agriculture was formerly socialized in the form of collective and state farms, but by 1992 most agricultural land had been privatized. Grains (especially wheat and corn), cotton, tobacco, potatoes, and sugar beets are grown and livestock is raised. Albania is rich in mineral resources, notably oil, lignite, copper, chromium, limestone, salt, bauxite,Albanian Outsourcing and natural gas. Mining, agricultural processing, and the manufacture of textiles, clothing, lumber, and cement are among the leading industries. Engineering, chemical, and iron and steel plants have been developed, and the country has several hydroelectric stations. Because of economic disturbances during the 1990s, Albania remains essentially a developing country.

    Albania Foreign Trade is carried by sea, Durres and Vlore (also the terminus of the oil pipeline) being the major ports.Albania exports mined natural resources and foodstuffs and imports mostly machinery, other industrial products, and consumer goods. Its chief trading partners are Italy, Macedonia, Germany, and Greece. In the early 1990s Albania joined the International Monetary Fund and the Albanian Outsourcing World Bank.

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    Albania Business Direcotry

    Posted by franksupa on March 22, 2007

    Welcome to Albania Unlimited, an interactive web resource providing fundamental information to those wishing to do business in Tirana Albania
    .Whether you are a small business looking to import raw materials, buy/sell Albanian videos, Albanian music, or find Albanian travel agencies, or you are a larger organization looking to expand or invest in new regions of the globe, Albania Unlimited has the information you need for doing business in Albania.
    You’ll find easy access to vital information that will help orient you to opportunities in Albania, highlighting topics such as culture of Albania, Tirana, albanian language, albania capital, Albanian news, Albanian dictationary, albanina food, albanina gazeta, albaninan population statistics, albania international trade law, basic albanian business utilities, and starting-points to explore in depth the business climate and potential of Albania.


    In the past decade, Albania has emerged as a rising star in the international business community. Whether you are interested in import or export, Albania is a place of almost unlimited possibilities. Recent trade laws in Albania have been revised to allow greater investment and trade with foreign companies and other nations. As a result, an affluent middle class is growing in Albania, as is a burgeoning demand for foreign goods traded on opened markets. Furthermore, as Albanians come to reside in other countries, especially the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, strong international financial alliances are being formed. Albania’s immensity promises a challenge to the imagination and a boon to the businessperson.

    A land of many contrasts, Albania blends the old and new. One can find in Albania snow-covered mountains and tropical rain forests, growing urban wealth and conspicuous poverty. Albania Unlimited can help your business make sense of this vast diversity of regions, languages, and traditions, guiding you from the planning stages to the execution of your ventures in Albania. This service will give you necessary and current information as you plan your business strategies in Albania.

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