IBNA Op-Ed/The government wants by any means to make us believe that it’s working in conditions of crisis, but it’s giving a blow to the small economy of Albanian people, built with a lot of efforts by offering dynamism at a time when the most powerful economies in the world were affected by the global crisis.
By Ridvan Bode
Former Minister of Finance, Democratic Party MP
It’s clear that Prime Minister Edi Rama and his cabinet are determined to make the Albanian economy look like an economy in crisis and the finances of the Albanian state as collapsed.
Year zero requires such thing from them, although international institutions have claimed the opposite.
And this has been done in order to tell the government not to go far with this amoral attack against economy and finances of the country.
The progress report is the document that summarizes all the considerations of institutions for the Albanian economy and it dates back to October 16, in order to remind to the government that the Albanian economy has made large progress and is going toward a functional economy of the market.
Thus, the economy is not on the verge of collapse like Rama’s government claims.
International Monetary Fund has declared that on October 12-on the day when the Minister of Finance was in Washington-said that the Albanian economy continued to perform positively.
After a growth of 1.6% of last year, the most conservative institution for economic growth expects an economic growth of 1.2% for 2013 and a slight tendency of growth in 2014.
This institution has confirmed that unemployment and inflation are under control and that public debt may reach a level of 64%.
The same confirmation has arrived yesterday by the regional directress of the World Bank, Ellen Goldstein, which has responded to the government that the Albanian economy is not in crisis and that Albanian economy needs immediate structural reforms and a suitable taxation policy in order to gain its normal pace.
Today in opposition and yesterday in government, we have constantly said that Albanian economy is performing positively and better than the region.
We have said that the Albanian economy has lost its pace and its growth capacity since the start of the global crisis.
The pressure of this crisis, the growth of communication channels with the Albanian economy would have an impact in losing this pace with which you’re abusing.
Structural reforms undertaken by the previous government enabled Albanian economy to avert crisis, states the report of IMF.
The government wants by any means to make us believe that it’s working in conditions of crisis, but it’s giving a blow to the small economy of Albanian people, built with a lot of efforts by offering dynamism at a time when the most powerful economies in the world were affected by the global crisis.
Is it necessary to have a normative act for the review of the budget?
This budget’s aim is to legitimize the empty propaganda of those who are in power today.
Note: The stances of the author do not represent the editorial line of Independent Balkan News Agency