Albania - Domestic policy



While there was no shortage of challenges facing Nano's government in 2003, the problem of infighting and turmoil that characterized Albanian politics in the first years of the twenty-first century seemed to be resolved.

The government continues to grapple with such basic and urgent problems as providing electricity to its citizenry, while developing a plan to curb the country's widespread and sophisticated organized crime.

In the late 1990s, Ilir Meta's government introduced reforms to restructure the judiciary system and to stem the decades-long practice of bribes for judicial action. Continuing these reforms is crucial for Albania to be successful in their quest to join the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Albania's future is closely tied to support from international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. In January 2003, Nano signed a memorandum with the IMF that outlined the government's 2003 plans for stabilizing the country's economic and political structure. The plans set goals of 6% real economic growth, inflation held between 2–4%, and the budget deficit maintained at just over 6%. Nano described the memorandum as "an important commitment for 2003 that reconfirms the successful and serious cooperation of Albania with the IMF."

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