Chairman of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama: Albania’s economy is seriously threatened

Chairman of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama: Albania’s economy is seriously threatened

By Ariola Ymeri, Durrës, 14 April 2013

Chairman of the Socialist Party, Edi Rama, said in Durrës that “the Prime Minister of the country is making the same promises as four years ago.”

He further added: “Just like in 2009 the Prime Minister is making promises about shinny villages and city streets. Four years from those promises there comes another promise for shiny future for the villages while the villages continue to lose potential and energy in the path of ruin. The rural area does not stand a chance to get out of the trap of poverty and ruin.”

Rama claimed if the Bank of Albania and other institutions do not take immediate action, the future of rural development will permanently deteriorate:

“Today, it is officially accepted that in 2012 economic growth was lower than in 2007. Bank of Albania has admitted that purchase power has decreased by 10% because salaries have decreased by 10%.”

The Socialist Party Chairman charged: “Decrease of remittances, fiscal evasion, and corruption…Albania is headed for the path of ruin and failure…if we don’t intervene immediately; the savings of Albanian citizens are at risk.”

Rama said the Socialist Party was willing to extend cooperation to “the other party” in order to “guarantee the country’s financial health.”

Rama promised that his party has a “well-detailed plan” to create 300,000 jobs.

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