The International Monetary Mission (IMF) will return to Tirana next week where it is expected to discuss the 2017 draft budget.
According to sources from the Ministry of Finance, another issue slated for discussion with the Fund team is the govt. decision to increase the salaries and pensions as of Jan 1.
PM Edi Rama as well as Minister of Finance Arben Ahmetaj has declared that the government will raise the salaries and pensions next year; however no official records have been disclosed as to the raise per each category of employees.
The final draft is expected to be agreed with the IMF Mission. According to sources from the Ministry of Finances, the eventual version includes a 10 percent raise for salaries and 3 percent raise for pensions, meanwhile the funding for this raise is estimated at USD 100 mln.
During this visit, the IMF mission will hold meetings with the top officials of financial system in the country, such as minister of Finance, Arben Ahmetaj, and BoA governor, Genti Sejko.