Photo: Municipality of Tirana

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Novelties of the New Customs Code and Implementing Instructions, Business in a Consultation Meeting with the Customs

May 31st, 2017

The Secretariat of Investment Council in collaboration with the General Directorate of Customs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana and the Association of Producers organised a consultative meeting with the business on the novelties and advantages of the New Customs Code. This meeting was proposed by the business in the Investment Council Meeting “On the Facilitation of Customs Procedures” …


Improving the business climate through investment councils – EBRD’s Law in Transition 2017

May 16th, 2017

Good governance is an essential component of successful, sustainable development. The United Nations recognises this in its Sustainable Development Goals, which state that “access to justice and accountable institutions” are pre-requisites of economic prosperity. The EBRD, meanwhile, identifies being well-governed as one of the six desirable qualities of a well-functioning market economy.

Through its efforts to create a better, more predictable legal environment, the EBRD …


Investment Council discusses on the Facilitation of Customs Procedures

May 9th, 2017

Tirana, 9 May 2017 / Chaired by the Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Ms Milva Ekonomi, it was held today the IC Meeting X. The topic of the meeting was ‘On the facilitation of customs procedures,’ aiming increase of the competitiveness and promotion of the Albanian exports. Attended the meeting around 20 representatives of the local and foreign …


Secretariat participates in the Civil Society Forum Tirana under the Berlin Process

April 27th, 2017

Tirana, 27 April (IC) – The Secretariat participates in the Civil Society Forum Tirana under the Berlin Process, which was held in Tirana during April 26-28 2017, with the support of ERSTE Stiftung, European Fund for the Balkans, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, SOE Dialogue Southeast Europe, in cooperation with CDI (Cooperation Development Institute).

Civil Society Forum, which is an important initiative within …


Secretariat of Investment Council discusses in a Focus Group Meeting preliminary findings on the Facilitation of Customs Procedures

April 20th, 2017

On 20 April 2017, the IC Secretariat held a technical consultation meeting with experts in the area of customs and business representatives in the framework of the preliminary findings “On Customs Procedures” to be presented at the upcoming IC Meeting of 9 May 2017.

Attended the meeting representatives from public institutions such Ministry of Finance, General Directorate of Customs, as well …


Linking Academia with Entrepreneurship

April 11th, 2017

One of the IC recommendations in 2016, was to foster cooperation on policy advocacy and debate between IC and academia through Memorandum of Understanding. In this framework, a MoU was signed on 31 March 2017 between Epoka University and IC with the objective to closely cooperate for the exchange of statistical data, debate opinions and potential recommendations including economic analysis; …


Investment Council is supported by the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the EBRD and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)