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Investment Council discusses the Functioning of the e-Permits Platform, in the Framework of the Deregulation Reform

February 13th, 2018

Investment Council held on Tuesday its 12th Meeting chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economy, Mr Arben Ahmetaj. In the agenda of the meeting was the presentation and discussion of the main findings of the Secretariat on the functioning of the e-Permits Platform, as part of the Deregulation Reform, as well as the launching of the process for the …

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New Publication on Data and Impact of Foreign Enterprises in the Albanian Economy

January 11th, 2018

In December 2017, the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) in collaboration with the Bank of Albania, published for the first time the Report “Foreign Enterprises in Albania 2014-2016,” with data on foreign enterprises, and their impact in the Albanian economy.

Some of the main findings of the report show that in 2016, FDI flow has increased by 5.9% from 2015. As …

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Investment Council discusses the findings of the business survey on tax administration and informality

December 6th, 2017

TIRANA, December 6 – Albania Investment Council (IC) held on Wednesday its eleventh Meeting chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economy, Mr Arben Ahmetaj. In the agenda of the meeting was the presentation and discussion of the IC Survey conducted by the Secretariat with 146 companies, in collaboration with University of Epoka, during July – September 2017. The purpose …

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Secretariat of Investment Council consults with experts and other stakeholders preliminary findings on the performance of e-permits portal

October 25th, 2017

TIRANA, October 25 – The Secretariat of Investment Council organised on Wednesday a consultation meeting on a technical level about “Construction e-permits Portal – Its impact in raising the transparency and the improvement of investment climate in the country.”

The meeting was attended by over 20 representatives from architectural studios, Agency of Territory Development (ATD), National Agency of Territory Planning (NATP), …

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New information helpdesks for taxpayers, GTD, EBRD and ADISA sign agreement

October 11th, 2017

TIRANA, October 11 – General Tax Directorate, Agency for the Delivery of Integrated Services (ADISA) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), signed on Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of ‘Helpdesks for taxpayers,’ under the support of EBRD.

These helpdesks will be established first in Fier, south-west Albania and in Kruja, north Albania, to provide clear and updated information to taxpayers, especially …

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The Secretariat discusses Survey’s preliminary findings on Tax Administration and Informality with business representatives

October 5th, 2017

TIRANA, October 5 – The Secretariat of Albania Investment Council held a focus group meeting with representatives of business associations and fiscal experts to discuss the preliminary findings of the Survey “On some Aspects of Investment Climate” conducted by the Secretariat during July – September 2017. The survey’s objective is to mark the progress on some main business concerns, mainly …

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The Secretariat consults with experts and other local stakeholders main issues regarding construction e-permits and business inspections

September 15th, 2017

In the framework of its work for the identification of the business concerns regarding construction e-permits and business inspections, the Secretariat of Investment Council has held meetings in the Municipality of Tirana (20 June 2017), Municipality of Durrës (11 September 2017) and Municipality of Korça (15 September 2017). These meetings were attended by the office of urban planning and local …

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The Secretariat launches a Survey on Tax Administration and Informality

July 10th, 2017

The Secretariat of Albania Investment Council is conducting a Survey regarding some business concerns, mainly related to i) Tax Audit; ii) VAT Refund; and iii) Informality. The purpose of the survey is to provide an update on the progress made in these areas, comparing some findings from previous surveys conducted by the Secretariat during 2015-2016. This survey offers also the …

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Linking Academia with Entrepreneurship – Memorandum of Understanding signed with UET

June 23rd, 2017

In the framework of linking Academia with Entrepreneurship, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between European University of Tirana and Investment Council in June 2017. This initiative is based on one of the decisions that the Investment Council took in 2016 to involve young researchers in certain economic and judicial areas affecting the private sector. The first Memorandum of Understanding …

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What will the Council discuss in the second half of the year?

June 15th, 2017

Simplification of inspections to reduce administrative burden for the business

Government Inspections are essential components of the regulatory system and critical to the benefits of society, businesses and citizens. However, inspections may bear redundant costs and administrative burdens for businesses by discouraging entrepreneurship. The high number and often overlap of various inspections as well as their efficiency in practice still …

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Investment Council is supported by the Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship and EBRD – Italian Technical Cooperation Fund.

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