President, Institute for Contemporary Studies
Focus: Civil Service
Topics: Inter-ministerial coordination, Depoliticization, One-Stop Shops, Civil Service Recruitment, Performance Management System
Keywords: performance management systems, one-stop shops, inter-ministerial cooperation, decentralization, depoliticization, civil service recruitment, capacity building
Interviewer(s): Jona Repishti
Country of Reform: Albania
Location: Tirana, Albania
Date: Wed Jul 15 2009
Artan Hoxha speaks about government reform movements in Albania. He opens his discussion with the reforms that took place in Albania from 1992-1996. These focused on opening markets and pushing privatization movements. Hoxha cites the drive towards reform from within Albania as a factor in their success. He then speaks about later reforms including de-politicization efforts within the military, police, and the public administration. He continues his discussion by speaking about the importance of good human resources and training in reforming the public sector. He cites competitive recruitment, proper training, and comprehensive performance evaluation as essential to an effective government. He concludes his discussion by touching on the importance of transparency and modern technology in the public service sector.
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At the time of the interview, Artan Hoxha was the president of the Institute for Contemporary Studies, an Albanian think-tank. He served previously as the Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Cooperation in the Albanian government. There he oversaw public sector reforms including the restructuring of ministries, downsizing of the public administration, and decentralization of services. His work with the Intsitute of Contemporary Studies has been focused on similar reform practices.