Arben Ahmetaj

Deputy PM and Minister of State for Reconstruction and Reforms’ Program

Mr. Arben Ahmetaj was born on June 28, 1969 in the city of Gjirokastra. As of September 2021, Mr. Ahmetaj is Deputy Prime Minister of Albania.

He holds the title of Doctor of Science in the field of Energy Security, graduated in 2009 at the University of Bucharest, Romania.

Mr. Ahmetaj graduated in International Finance, International Financial Markets, at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, then completed a Master’s degree in International Trade and Diplomacy at the Patterson School of International Trade and Diplomacy, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

In 1991 he finished his studies at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Foreign Languages, for English Language, American and English literature. Mr. Ahmetaj has a variety of professional qualifications and internships in many fields such as “Development Policy”, awarded by the Center for International Development, at Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University; “Economics of Technology”, Kokkalis Program at Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University; Farmer Financing Programs, Farmers Credit Union of Texas, Texas University, Austin, Texas, etc.

Mr. Ahmetaj has a long career in public administration and the executive branch in several important positions, while his political activity begins with the student movement of 1990. Until his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ahmetaj has served as Minister of State for Reconstruction, from 13 December 2019, in charge of designing, coordinating and monitoring the reconstruction program after the 26 November 2019 earthquake and then also addressing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the economic and financial plan and drafting the post-pandemic medium and long term recovery plan.

In 2019, Mr. Arben Ahmetaj has chaired the Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Finance after acting as Minister of Finance and Economy during the period February 2016 – January 2019. In September 2013 – February 2016, Mr. Ahmetaj served as Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Rama’s government. During 2004-2005 he was a Deputy Minister in the Ministry of European Integration, while during 2003-2004 he was a Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Energy and Industry.

Mr. Ahmetaj was the General Director of the General Directorate of Taxes in 1998-1999, while previously he served as the director of the cabinet in the Ministry of Finance and was responsible for international relations, a member of the coordination group for negotiations with the Monetary Fund and for concretization. of the post-conflict agreement with ESAF.

Mr. Arben Ahmetaj is a member of the Socialist Party of Albania and a member of the Executive Board of the Socialist Party. In the elections of April 25, 2021, he was elected deputy in Tirana, representing Unit number 4 in the capital, while in the previous legislature he represented the municipalities of Rrogozhina and Kavaja, in the Tirana region. In 2013 he was elected deputy of the Gjirokastra Region, while from 2009-2013 he represented the Korça region in the Albanian Parliament.