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Albania Operator of Electricity Distribution Procure Services on Power Maintenance, Note Released, 21 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sat, April 25, 2015 19:05:40

The Albanian Operator of the Electricity Distribution - OSHEE Open Procurement for Services on Power Transformers Maintenance

Notice Released, 23 April 2015

The Albanian Operator of Electricity Distribution (alias Operatori i Shpërndarjes se Energjisë Elektrike - Oshee) announces the opening of the procurement procedure on the services for the repairing and maintenance of its power transformers.

The procurement will be perform in framework agreement with open procedures through the electronic system. The limit fund is established 955,681.33 EUR (134,000,000.00 ALL) without the VAT and with the income from its operating expenses.

The deadline for the completion of the service is established to come within the 1 year with the starting from the date of conclusion of the framework agreement. The prequalification submission deadline is established on 18 May 2015 within the hour 11.00 a.m. and the deadline for the opening of the prequalification applications will came within the same timeframe.







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One step further to increasing investments Published on : 15 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, April 24, 2015 15:39:13

One step further to increasing investments

Published on : 15 April 2015





Speech of Prime Minister Edi Rama at the ceremony for the launch of the Investment Council

Hello everyone,

The launch of this Investment Council is another important moment. An effort started 18 months ago to address as well as possible, as fast as possible and as deep as possible the complex problems of doing business in Albania.

We have a very positive experience, the experience of the National Economic Council where, together with the business community, we created the conditions for interaction with financial institutions, with representatives of various chambers of commerce and business, in order to address in the most proper way the problems of our economy.

I believe that we can say confidently that we have done a lot in these 18 months to transform the space of doing business from a space suffocated by arbitrariness and unpredictability in a space of action and interaction, which we intend to expand continuously through a series of new measures in view of deregulation.

On the other hand, today we are witnessing the fact that if 18 months ago we received a heavy legacy in the relations between the government and the enterprise, where the most significant aspect was the burden of 720 million dollars of debts that the government had towards entrepreneurship, more than 5% our National Production, today we are at a time when we can say that not only 300 million have been returned to entrepreneurship while the remaining part is in the process of being returned, the system on which these relations are based has changed radically.

Suffice it to mention that if until 18 months ago VAT reimbursement was often an impossible and corrupted process, today we have a completely transparent and automatic VAT refund, which has facilitated enormously every enterprise activity.

On the other hand, we have done more than that and beyond that, to create a new relationship of trust in the interaction with enterprise, by cancelling every electoral fine prior to June 2013, just as we had promised. In addition, we created conditions for the path of law and reason to prevail always in the entire process of interaction between the enterprise and the Directorate General of Taxation, contrary to what it used to be in the past when neither the law nor reason, but the immediate needs of power established the law on entrepreneurship.

The Investment Council is a new creature, not to add another mechanism in this process of interaction, but to create a mechanism which, thanks to the support and EBRD expertise, will give us the opportunity to directly address the problems of entrepreneurship and seek solutions together to continue facilitating the investment process in our country.

In the following weeks, the Albanian Parliament will consider and adopt a new law on investments, which is practically an entirely new basis that significantly expands the space and freedom of the investment process, but on the other increases significantly the predictability in the investment process and goes a step further in the state support to investors. We are discussing intensively to thoroughly analyze every element of this new law, and we are convinced that through this new law we will have a new chapter for investment and investors in Albania.

Cooperation with EBRD in this direction gives us more confidence that this project, as our friend stated earlier, is a pilot project for EBRD that will give us anticipated results in investments, and we have asked that Albania takes the first step.

We are aware that 2015 is a crucial year for our economy, it is a particularly important year for our economic plan, and it will play an important role in the years to come because the achievement of growth target will bring two things: on the one hand our economy will have a stable growth, and on the other hand it will have a new foundation for sustainable growth in the coming years.

We are encouraged by the fact that this process of sustainable growth is coming as a result of the transformation of our economic model. From an exhausted economic model that was based for a long time primarily on remittances, remittances of immigrants and on the construction boom, it was transformed in a model focused on new sources of growth, mainly production oriented.

It is a great pleasure to inform you today that we are having very fruitful discussions with EBRD experts, and soon we will make public a new initiative to expand sensitively the range of financing in agriculture. In addition we will create the conditions for giving the government the role of mediator and catalyst of these investments, and making the banking system much more accessible to farmers, as well as to having the government, in cooperation with EBRD, as guarantor of these investments by assuming the risk. This will be a historically significant moment for the supportive role of government to agriculture, and for the new financing force that the sector will take thanks to direct lending to farmers, but as I said, by using the government as guarantor of investment risk in agriculture.

Finally, let me highlight a particular aspect of the investment process, which is the fight against corruption in the relations between the state and investors. This is a key element and it is obviously the fundamental challenge of this government, for which the Investment Council will surely give a special contribution.

I thank wholeheartedly EBRD, its President, our friend who is here today to launch this important project between the government and EBRD. I thank the attendees, and I wish that our relation with second-level banks will strengthen during this process of communication and interaction, and I hope that experience will teach us that banks as well have heart and are not totally deprived of this organ which is very important for having a society and an institution function. We had the chance to actually see that banks have a heart, when it came to support the affected by floods in Albania's southern area several months ago, but we do not just look at the heart that appears in the form of an opportunity to wash away "sins", but we would like the heart to appear in the form of an opportunity to become part of a process where economy is enhanced through its stakeholders. And in this case, in order to become important actors of our economy, the only thing Albanian farmers need at the moment – although they have many ideas, talents and a lot of willpower, is a little more credit, and this is not a small thing.

Thank you!



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One step further to increasing investments Published on : 15 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, April 24, 2015 15:39:12

One step further to increasing investments

Published on : 15 April 2015





Speech of Prime Minister Edi Rama at the ceremony for the launch of the Investment Council

Hello everyone,

The launch of this Investment Council is another important moment. An effort started 18 months ago to address as well as possible, as fast as possible and as deep as possible the complex problems of doing business in Albania.

We have a very positive experience, the experience of the National Economic Council where, together with the business community, we created the conditions for interaction with financial institutions, with representatives of various chambers of commerce and business, in order to address in the most proper way the problems of our economy.

I believe that we can say confidently that we have done a lot in these 18 months to transform the space of doing business from a space suffocated by arbitrariness and unpredictability in a space of action and interaction, which we intend to expand continuously through a series of new measures in view of deregulation.

On the other hand, today we are witnessing the fact that if 18 months ago we received a heavy legacy in the relations between the government and the enterprise, where the most significant aspect was the burden of 720 million dollars of debts that the government had towards entrepreneurship, more than 5% our National Production, today we are at a time when we can say that not only 300 million have been returned to entrepreneurship while the remaining part is in the process of being returned, the system on which these relations are based has changed radically.

Suffice it to mention that if until 18 months ago VAT reimbursement was often an impossible and corrupted process, today we have a completely transparent and automatic VAT refund, which has facilitated enormously every enterprise activity.

On the other hand, we have done more than that and beyond that, to create a new relationship of trust in the interaction with enterprise, by cancelling every electoral fine prior to June 2013, just as we had promised. In addition, we created conditions for the path of law and reason to prevail always in the entire process of interaction between the enterprise and the Directorate General of Taxation, contrary to what it used to be in the past when neither the law nor reason, but the immediate needs of power established the law on entrepreneurship.

The Investment Council is a new creature, not to add another mechanism in this process of interaction, but to create a mechanism which, thanks to the support and EBRD expertise, will give us the opportunity to directly address the problems of entrepreneurship and seek solutions together to continue facilitating the investment process in our country.

In the following weeks, the Albanian Parliament will consider and adopt a new law on investments, which is practically an entirely new basis that significantly expands the space and freedom of the investment process, but on the other increases significantly the predictability in the investment process and goes a step further in the state support to investors. We are discussing intensively to thoroughly analyze every element of this new law, and we are convinced that through this new law we will have a new chapter for investment and investors in Albania.

Cooperation with EBRD in this direction gives us more confidence that this project, as our friend stated earlier, is a pilot project for EBRD that will give us anticipated results in investments, and we have asked that Albania takes the first step.

We are aware that 2015 is a crucial year for our economy, it is a particularly important year for our economic plan, and it will play an important role in the years to come because the achievement of growth target will bring two things: on the one hand our economy will have a stable growth, and on the other hand it will have a new foundation for sustainable growth in the coming years.

We are encouraged by the fact that this process of sustainable growth is coming as a result of the transformation of our economic model. From an exhausted economic model that was based for a long time primarily on remittances, remittances of immigrants and on the construction boom, it was transformed in a model focused on new sources of growth, mainly production oriented.

It is a great pleasure to inform you today that we are having very fruitful discussions with EBRD experts, and soon we will make public a new initiative to expand sensitively the range of financing in agriculture. In addition we will create the conditions for giving the government the role of mediator and catalyst of these investments, and making the banking system much more accessible to farmers, as well as to having the government, in cooperation with EBRD, as guarantor of these investments by assuming the risk. This will be a historically significant moment for the supportive role of government to agriculture, and for the new financing force that the sector will take thanks to direct lending to farmers, but as I said, by using the government as guarantor of investment risk in agriculture.

Finally, let me highlight a particular aspect of the investment process, which is the fight against corruption in the relations between the state and investors. This is a key element and it is obviously the fundamental challenge of this government, for which the Investment Council will surely give a special contribution.

I thank wholeheartedly EBRD, its President, our friend who is here today to launch this important project between the government and EBRD. I thank the attendees, and I wish that our relation with second-level banks will strengthen during this process of communication and interaction, and I hope that experience will teach us that banks as well have heart and are not totally deprived of this organ which is very important for having a society and an institution function. We had the chance to actually see that banks have a heart, when it came to support the affected by floods in Albania's southern area several months ago, but we do not just look at the heart that appears in the form of an opportunity to wash away "sins", but we would like the heart to appear in the form of an opportunity to become part of a process where economy is enhanced through its stakeholders. And in this case, in order to become important actors of our economy, the only thing Albanian farmers need at the moment – although they have many ideas, talents and a lot of willpower, is a little more credit, and this is not a small thing.

Thank you!



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Albanian State Oil Company Procure Steel Purchase, Note Released, 21 April 2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, April 23, 2015 22:11:05

State Oil Company Albpetrol Opening the Procurement on Steel Purchase.

Notice Released, 22 April 2015

The Albanian State Oil Company Albpetrol JSC (alias Albpetrol sh.a.), announces the opening of the procurement procedure on the purchase of the prokate steel.

The procurement will be perform by open procedures through the electronic system. The limit fund is established 170,457.14 EUR (24,037,000.00 ALL) without the VAT and with the income from the its operating expenses.

The deadline for the completion of the works is established to come within the 40 days with the starting from the date of conclusion of the contract. The prequalification submission deadline is established on 15 May 2015 within the hour 10.00 a.m. and the deadline for the opening of the prequalification applications will came within the same timeframe.



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CEI Fund at the EBRD allocates 1.8 million EUR for projects in 2015 Tue, 21/04/2015 - 06:40

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, April 23, 2015 12:24:01
CEI Fund at the EBRD allocates 1.8 million EUR for projects in 2015

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 06:40



The Annual Report 2014 of the CEI Fund at the EBRD was presented during the CEI Steering Committee Meeting at the EBRD Headquarters in London on 17 April 2015.
Guido Paolucci, Programme Manager at the Office for the CEI Fund at the EBRD, briefly introduced the main elements of the report.

According to the document, in 2014, the CEI Fund at the EBRD contributed half a million EUR for three Technical Cooperation (TC) projects and more than 330,000 EUR for ten projects aimed at transferring know-how and best practices from EU to non-EU CEI countries. The latter through the CEI Know How Exchange Programme (KEP).

In 2015, the Fund has allocated more than 1.8 million EUR towards non-EU CEI Member States (Western Balkans countries and Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine).

Two of the approved TC assignments will be implemented in Montenegro while one will have a regional impact. ThePreparation of a Preliminary Design and Detailed Design for a new Passenger Terminal at Tivat Airport in Montenegro will be supported with 300,000 EUR and with an expected related investment of 30 million EUR. 48,428 EUR will be committed to the development of the Montenegro Agency for the Protection of Competition.
The regional assignment for Utilisation of Biomass Residues in Primary Agriculture and Food Processing Sectors will be co-financed with 150,000 EUR, with the expected related investment of 45 million EUR.

Among the approved CEI KEP assignments, four are dedicated to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia for their recovery after the devastating flooding in the Balkans in May 2014 with a total CEI Fund commitment of 145.000 EUR. Among the CEI instruments, the KEP has proven the quickest and most flexible when it comes to financing emergency actions. One project aims at improving the local capacity for mine risk education and demining in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the three projects taking place in Serbia focus on water management, disaster prevention and management as well as risk education and water/air quality.

“I am delighted to acknowledge the excellent performance and effectiveness of the Fund in 2014. In the framework of this successful cooperation with the EBRD, Italy achieved remarkable results in supporting economic and social transformation process of non-EU CEI countries, facilitating their European path through regional cooperation” stated Andrea Orizio of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as CEI National Coordinator and representative of the donor country at the CEI Fund at the EBRD, in his Introduction to the Report. Orizio underlined that the Fund would continue to focus on those sectors which are likely to increase investments, including energy efficiency, infrastructure, transport agribusiness, SME development, capacity building and policy dialogue. “Priority will also be given to projects in alignment with the role of the CEI as the bridge between existing EU Macro-Regional Strategies, in which Italy is actively involved”, Orizio added.

During the Steering Committee Meeting, Gianpiero Nacci, Senior Engineer at the EBRD Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team, highlighted the importance of the CEI-funded Energy Audits Programme in the framework of the EBRD Sustainable Resource Initiative. In particular, out of 50 TC projects funded by the CEI Fund in this framework, the EBRD has already signed 22 investment projects with its clients.

The CEI Fund at the EBRD was established by Italy in 1992 “to assist the Bank’s countries of operation in Central and Eastern Europe in their economic and social transformation process”. Since then, the Fund has been fully funded by the Italian government with 39.5 million EUR, contributing to a mobilisation of more than 4.8 billion of international investments. The Fund has predominantly been used for grant-type Technical Cooperation (TC) projects in support of EBRD operations. 130 TC assignments with a total cost of more than 23 million EUR were undertaken between 1993-2014. To date, 2 million EUR have been committed by the Fund to support 73 KEP operations whose total value exceed 11 million.

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Information on Former Industrial Buildings Prone to Opportunities from Investors in Industry Field

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, April 22, 2015 21:52:49

Information on Former Industrial Buildings Prone to Opportunities from Investors in Industry Field


Albania has inherited some industrial factories that have operated until the early 1990s, the period of drastic changes in politico-economic system, which have already lost their productive destination, due to some technical and economic factors, in front of a competitive regional market and beyond. These objects are in some regions of the country, and in particular in Elbasan, Fier, Vlora, Durres etc.

Referring to the process of transformation of state property, parts of these former building facilities were privatized, yet with free spaces inside them. Such spaces are available to be re-assessed for expression of interest to investors for various activities in the field of industry.

This because in these objects, there is a power supply infrastructure, streets and squares as waters – sewer, along with the fact that there are areas that are quite nearby and crossed with to national roads and ports. To create a more complete idea we are presenting in a summary some data for two industrial regions in which we have building facilities and free territories for expressions of interest from investors, for industrial activities.

For more find here.



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Municipality of Tirana Procure the Maintenance of its lighting Network, Note Released, 21/04/2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, April 22, 2015 18:29:25

Municipality of Tirana Announces the Open of the Procurement on the maintenance of its lighting network

Notice Released, 21/04/2015

The General Directorate No. 2 of the Public Workers at the Municipality of Tirana (alias Bashkia Tirane), announces the opening of the procurement procedure on the maintenance of its lighting network.

The procurement will be perform by open procedures with electronic system. The limit fund is established 315,452.60 EUR (44,149,867.00 ALL). The bid security is 2% of the fund limit.

The deadline for completion of works is established to come within the 20 days with the starting from the date of conclusion of the contract. The prequalification submission deadline is established on 21/05/2015 within the hour 11.00 a.m. and the deadline for the opening of the prequalification applications will came within the same timeframe.



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Government of Albania seeks developers and investors to create world-class technical and economic development areas, Notice 28.04.2015

AEI Updates April 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, April 21, 2015 15:22:26

The Government of Albania seeks developers and investors to create world-class technical and economic development areas (TEDAs)

Notice 28.04.2015

The Albanian Investment Development Agency is pleased to present this notice of three investment opportunities in emerging Albania.

Albania is seeking private sector developers to obtain, develop and operate three fully serviced areas, located in Koplik, Spitalla and Vlora, as newly created Technical and Economic Development Areas (TEDAs). This notice invites interested developers to engage with the Government in a non-binding dialogue ahead of a potential tender process.

The Government of Albania seeks developers and investors to create world-class technical and economic development areas (TEDAs) on land areas in Koplik (Shkodra district, approx. 61 ha), Spitalla (Durrës district, approx. 213 ha) and Vlora (Vlora district, approx. 230 ha). As currently envisioned, future developers will be offered exclusive development and operator rights on these properties, through a long-term lease.

All three areas are in close proximity to a skilled labor force, educational institutions, and city centers with sizable populations. Developers and investors will benefit from Albania’s competitive, educated and multi-lingual labor force, as well as recent reforms that have improved the country’s business climate and competitiveness. These include steps to strengthen the conditions for investment and improve business and transportation linkages, especially in Europe. These initiatives make Albania an exciting venue to work in the region.

This 45-day notice stage (concluding on 31 May 2015) is designed to enable investors to explore these three opportunities, leading to a potential formal tender process. Written or electronic responses to this notice and ensuing dialogue or site-visits are therefore non-binding and intended to showcase the TEDAs.
TEDAs investors, developers and/or operators are hereby invited to respond to this notice. Respondents are asked to provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services and to submit their qualifications in the form and substance detailed below:

Name and location of the entities;
Contact person with contact details;
Portfolio of the relevant activity including:
List of relevant projects;

Previous international experience in land development, financing, construction, and attraction of new leasehold businesses particularly related to the development and management of similar projects.
Any questions, stipulations or conditions the entity may wish to discuss with the GoA with regard to this opportunity.
Site visits and meetings are encouraged, and representatives of TEDAs will be available for more detailed discussion with interested parties and will be glad to facilitate visits.

All communications should be addressed to:

-Mr. Elson Caka: elson.caka@ekonomia.gov.al
-Ms. Ornela Gjini: ornela.gjini@aida.gov.al

Deadline: 31 May 2015

Për më shumë informacion vizitoni: http://www.teda.gov.al/



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