World Bank : Albania is a European leader on social reforms

World Bank : Albania is a European leader on social reforms

Tirana, March 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

World Bank has considered Albania in Europe, Senegal in Africa and Indonesia in Asia as the three most reformatory countries in  social protection policies. These evaluations were made in the annual forum of the World Bank in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Albania was represented by the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Erion Veliaj.

Commenting on the evaluation of the World Bank, Mr. Veliaj says that “although Albania has the youngest government among the three countries, within 5 months, the country has managed to put under control the social protection scheme which was damaged by the inherited deficit and to secure a sustainability of payments of social allowances and disability allowances”.

Albania was valued about the innovative concepts of transferring social allowance to the woman of the family and to allocate a bonus for a regular attendance of children in schools. “The scheme doesn’t only bring modernization, but also emancipation, empowering women and girls, focusing them on feeding the children and aiming their attendance in school and their health”, said Mr. Veliaj in the conference of the World Bank hosted in Brazil (photo).

Social Protection Fund in Albania amounts to 210 million USD a year and includes payments of social allowances and disability allowances.

Finding itself in a situation where allowances had not been paid for months, the government managed to secure the sustainability of the payments of the fund and to take important steps toward the transparency of the use of funds and modernization of the scheme. /ibna/