Arben Ahmetaj is new Finance Minister
Prime Minister Edi Rama dismissed his Finance Minister, Shkëlqim Cani, on Tuesday and replaced him with Economy Minister Arben Ahmetaj. Milva Ikonomi has been appointed as the new Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship. No reason was given for the change.
The formal biography of Arben Ahmetaj as published on the prime minister’s website is as follows:
“Mr. Arben Ahmetaj was born in Gjirokastra, on June 28, 1969. He is married to Ms. Albina Mançka and has two daughters, Livia and Kejsi.
Mr. Ahmetaj holds a PhD degree in Energy Security and National Security from Bucharest University (2005-2009). He has a Bachelor Degree in English Language, British and American Literature, from the University of Tirana (1991). In 1996, he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Trade and Diplomacy from Kentucky University, United States.
Mr. Ahmetaj has been an elected Member of the Albanian Assembly in the 18th and 19th Legislature and represents Korca and Gjirokastra constituency. He is member of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party and member of the Committee of Economy and Finance. Previously, he held important offices, including that of the Deputy Minister of European Integration (2004-2005) and Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry (2003-2004).
He used to be Director General of the General Directorate of Taxes of Albania and was in charge of drafting new taxation policies and the new tax legislation (New Fiscal Code, excises and the new legal package on direct taxation). In the period between 1992 and 1993, he was Advisor to the Minister of Finance and US treasury assistant.
Additionally, Mr. Ahmetaj attended fellowship research programmes with Georgetown University, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, United States, Harvard University, and Conflict Management in the Era of Information Technology (Athens). He is author of a series of research papers.
He is fluent in English, Italian and Greek and has good knowledge of Russian.”