In a message to the eighth congress of Albanian trade unions, which opened last Monday (20 June), in Korcha, the Albanian Communist Party leader Enver Hoxha said that though his country faces economic shortages, it is confident of solving them.
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Background: In a message to the eighth congress of Albanian trade unions, which opened last Monday (20 June), in Korcha, the Albanian Communist Party leader Enver Hoxha said that though his country faces economic shortages, it is confident of solving them. The message was read to the delegates by Deputy Premier Pali Miska.
SYNOPSIS: More than 2,000 delegates, representing the country's half- million work-force attended the three day conference in the eastern Albanian city. The congress is an important clue in determining the future political and economic direction of Albania. A subject at the gathering was how to solve the country's worsening economic problems. While bringing Albanians face to face with the hard realities, the Communist Party leader Mr. Hoxha said in his message to the congress that he was confident that they would be overcome.
Mr. Hoxha said Albania had begun to make its own steel and had opened up new mining schemes. But he warned that the difficulties facing the country were not small. He pointed out that the economic system had many imperfections, and said Albabnia, isolated from both the East and Western blocs, was under renewed pressure from the outside world as other countries tried to other countries tried to solve their own economic ills.
Albania, which has few links with the outside world, is strongly allied with the People's Republic of China, and relies almost totally on the Chinese for economic aid. Relations between Albania and the Soviet Bloc countries have remained hostile since the Sino-Soviet split.