Tirana, 4 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
The Albanian government is hoping for a significant economic growth in the years to come. Minister of Economic Development, Arben Ahmetaj, who reported on the program of economic reforms for the period 2016-2018 in front of the Parliamentary Committee for Productive Activity, said that this is a consolidated document.
“This document has been drafted with the donors’ assistance. The main pillar is the macro economic framework which includes economic growth and risks. In 2015 economic growth was 2,75%, in 2016 it is expected to be 3,4%, while in 2017 economic growth is expected to be 4%”, Mr. Ahmetaj said.
According to him, “economic growth has internal and external risks, but we are focused on reducing debt and budget deficit”.
Ahmetaj expressed his concern that on 17 February, IMF will approve the next installment for Albania.
Mr. Ahmetaj’s declarations are rejected by the right wing’s opposition, which has been insisting for a while that economic situation in the country has become worse with the arrival in power of the left wing government led by PM Edi Rama. /ibna/