Milva Ekonomi

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Milva Ekonomi was born in Tirana in 1962 and is the mother of two daughters.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Economics from the University of Agriculture, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Tirana. She completed advanced training in the field of economic and social statistics, as well in management in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA), Eurostat (Luxembourg), Istat (Italy).

She served as General Director of Institute of Statistics during the period 1994-2005, performing a number of tasks related to the creation and operation of official statistics in the country. She chaired the National Nomenclature Commission and was a Member of the Bureau of the European Statistics Conference EEC / UN for two terms. In 2006, she was elected a member of the panel of experts for “PARIS 21″ project (OECD), where her main duties was to link official statistics with human rights. She contributed on this project until the end of December 2007.

During the years 2007-2008 she served as a key expert at the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) in Kosovo in the project “Supporting the Statistical System and Preparing the Population Census in Kosovo”.

In the course 2008-2013 she worked as a Long-Term Advisor for Statistics, Representative of Sida/ Sweden/SCB in the Kosovo Agency of Statistics, (KAS) where she contributed on drafting the statistical legislation and Official Program of National Statistics. She worked as an expert on various projects with UN Agencies and other international organizations such as Eurostat, ILO, UNODC, World Bank, Dfid, and IMF. She is a member of the International Institute of Statistics (ISI) and the Balkan Statisticians Association. She is one of the founders of the “Agenda Institute”, a think tank established in June 2006 in Tirana.

She has contributed to the women’s movement in Albania by being an activist in many civil society initiatives. She also served as a member of the Tirana Municipal Council for the period 2000-2011.

Mrs. Ekonomi was an external lecturer at the University of Tirana, the Agricultural University and the “Lady of Good Counsel” University. She has written several publications in the field of statistics, social and economic development, and gender. She is fluent in English and Italian, and she knows French.

During 2013-2016 she held the position of Deputy Minister of Health, where she led some of the health reform initiatives.

In February 2016 she was appointed Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship. She held this position until September 2017.

During the IX Legislation she was a member of Albanian Parliament representing Socialist Party and lastly she served as chair of the committee on economy and finance.