Consultation of the Draft Law “For the Support and Development of Innovative Start-ups”

November 25th, 2020

Tirana, November 25, 2020 / The Secretariat of the Investment Council consulted with interested stakeholders the draft law “For the Support and Development of Innovative Start-ups”. Organised in collaboration with the Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the meeting drew the attention of 50 participants, mainly representatives of chambers of commerce and business associations, …


Investment Council discusses challenges and recommendations to capitalize on the investment potentials in the agro-processing sector

November 10th, 2020

What interventions (government-business-donor) are necessary at the sectorial level to speed up agro-processing SMEs to expand current and/or new investments?


Tirana, 10 November 2020 / On Tuesday, the Investment Council (IC) held a virtual plenary meeting to discuss main challenges and recommendations for the promotion of the agro-processing investments, with a focus on vegetables, fruits, nuts and medicinal and aromatic …


EBRD launches assessment tool to help mitigate coronavirus impact

September 1st, 2020

Online Insolvency Assessment on Business Restructuring

Many businesses in EBRD regions affected by the pandemic will need restructuring support

National legislation assessment will assist in addressing gaps in insolvency frameworks

Online questionnaire will be available for public consultation until 31 October 2020 at


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is conducting an assessment on business restructuring tools in …


Efficient Use of Public Credit Guarantee Schemes Can Increase Small and Medium Enterprises’ Access to Finance in Albania

July 27th, 2020

Tirana, 27 July 2020 – Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Albania are significant contributors to the Albanian economy, accounting for 99.8 percent of active enterprises. They employ 79.8 percent of the workforce and realize around 69 percent of value added. This sector is generally characterized by high informality (especially in agriculture), limited availability of collateral, and low levels of …


Investment Council holds Plenary Meeting to Discuss Business Suggestions on the Country’s Economic Recovery post-Covid-19

June 5th, 2020

What could be in the focus of the future policy reforms to address recently emerged business concerns – liquidity, employment, fiscal burden, digitalization, attracting FDIs, etc.


Tirana, 5 June 2020 – On Friday, the Investment Council (IC) held a plenary meeting via Zoom teleconferencing to discuss key business suggestions for the economic recovery of the country post-COVID-19. The meeting was attended …


International Conference of Investment Councils: Understanding challenges and opportunities to quickly support businesses and governments

June 3rd, 2020

2-3 June 2020

Virtual Conference of the Investment Councils supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2020
“Supporting EBRD’s Countries of Operations in economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic: putting Investment Councils at the centre of the response”

The annual event brought together 12 EBRD-supported Investment Councils from Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, …


Investment Council Promotes Inter-Institutional Collaboration through Coordination of Working Groups in Priority Sectors of the Economy

May 29th, 2020

3 Working Groups on Investment Promotion, in the areas of:




2 Working Groups to tackle:

The issue raised by the business related to the freezing and unfreezing of the taxpayers’ accounts by the commercial banks based on pertinent orders issued by the tax and local tariffs directorates within municipalities

Additional concerns raised by the businesses regarding the decision-making on local taxes and …


Investment Council holds emergency meeting about pandemic impact on the business

April 14th, 2020

Tirana, 14 April 2020 – On Tuesday, the Investment Council (IC) held an extraordinary meeting via Zoom teleconferencing to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business in Albania, with a focus on financial and economic measures taken by the government to cope with the consequences of the pandemic, observations on main business concerns, including as well potential …


Response of Secretariat of Investment Council to Support Businesses during COVID-19 Emergency Situation

April 9th, 2020

TIRANA, 9 April 2020 – In light of the epidemic situation caused by COVID-19, a number of escalating measures have been taken by the Government of Albania since 9 March 2020.  The COVID-19 emergency situation has impacted operations of both public institutions and private sector companies, creating an extraordinary situation as relates to the economic activity within the country.  In …


Investment Council discusses on the Interaction between Municipalities and Business

January 27th, 2020

Tirana, Monday, 27 January 2020 / The Investment Council held a plenary meeting with the agenda item “On the Interaction Between the Municipalities and the Business – Transparency, Services and Local Economic Development,” chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economy, Ms Anila Denaj. Attended the meeting the Minister for the Protection of Entrepreneurship, Mr Eduard Shalsi, Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Mr …


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