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Post earthquake reconstruction, cooperation between Italy and Albania continues

A meeting between Ambassador Bucci and the Minister of State for Reconstruction Arben Ahmetaj was held yesterday at the Center for Openness and Dialogue of the Albanian Council Presidency, during which Minister Ahmetaj formalized the proposal for the division of the Italian Pledge for post-earthquake reconstruction, announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi di Maio on 17 February in Brussels, during the “Together for Albania” International Donors' Conference. Yesterday crowned the constructive and intense dialogue of recent weeks between the Italian and Albanian parties, which made it possible to reach a common sharing of intentions on sectoral priorities on which to concentrate the huge Italian contribution of 95 million euros, divided between 5M € for donation and 90M € for aid credit. The lines of action envisaged reflect many of the priorities identified in the Post Disaster Need Assessment drawn up in collaboration between the Albanian Government, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank, with the aim of supporting Albania both on Reconstruction in the strict sense and in the relaunch of some strategic economic sectors The so-called Italian “Flagship Sectors” will be Civil Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Other key sectors include building reconstruction ...