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Tirana Economic Forum III Edition

March 12, 2021
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Tirana Economic Forum III, where FIAA for the third consecutive year is a Local Partner, is a business event that took place on March 12th, 2021, organized in the Digital platform due to the pandemic.

Τhe Tirana Economic Forum over the past years has developed into a high-level meeting of the most influential Albanian and international political, corporate, and intellectual leaders, addressing pressing challenges currently facing Albania and the Region.

Representatives from the Albanian intellectual elite as well as key stakeholders, policy-makers and thought leaders from Europe, participated in the Tirana Economic Forum III, addressing issues that concern Albania and the Region, mostly in the post covid-19 era.

Among the Speakers in the Session Albania’s Economic recovery post pandemic was also FIAA’s Chairman Dr. Alvensleben.

For more information on the Forum please visit: www.tiranaforum.com

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Official Request to Minister of Finance for the extension of the deadline for declaring the Registering of the Beneficiary Owners

March 5, 2021
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FIAA jointly with other Chambers and Business Organizations in Albania have discussed and prepared an official request to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Denaj, asking for an extension of the deadline for declaring the data of the beneficiary owners from 31st of March 2021 to 30th of June, 2021.

The Joint Action of Business Organizations through this letter conveys to the Minister the concern over the new obligations arising in the framework of the implementation of Law no. 112/2020 “On the Registering of Beneficiary Owners”.

The Ministry of Finance has issued this new legal obligation born in the framework of the implementation of Law no. 112/2020 “On Registering of Beneficiary Owners”, with a deadline within 31st of March 2021, to be applied from business.

But, as the Foreign Business Organizations, represent companies from other countries, it appeared that among businesses have been encountered problems to prepare all the necessary documents required on time. In this ambit, FIAA is following closely the reaction of the Ministry towards this raised issue.

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FIAA meeting with IMF experts

March 3, 2021
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In the framework of FIAA cooperation with the IMF on monitoring and supporting Albanian business climate, in early March it was organized a meeting with IMF experts from Washington. In this meeting FIAA was represented by its Chairman, Dr. Constantin von Alvensleben, the Country Director of Deloitte Albania Mr. Maksim Caslli and the Executive Director of FIAA Ms. Marinela Jazoj.

The main topics discussed in the meeting were related to the current business environment, tax system and necessary reforms in Albania, the pandemic impact, as well as the continuity of the weakness of the Euro currency in the country. This meeting came also as a follow up of the FIAA Manifest points that were presented earlier to the Albanian leaders and the attention they should give.

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Manufacturing Industry Meeting

February 12, 2021
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In the ambit of targeted industrial talks with members, FIAA held an interesting meeting with representatives from the manufacturing industry that remains a key evolving industry in the country, as this industry is boosting exports and fostering economic growth.

The meeting held on February 11th was very fruitful as it brought more insights from the perspective of this industry, sharing the experiences during the pandemic, discussing the key challenges that the industry is dealing with and hearing recommendations on how to further support this important industry!

Despite the pandemic difficulties, which have affected all businesses, these businesses have been performing good. They have found new channels and ways to keep their operations ongoing, and most importantly to maintain their staff at work and perform efficiently.

Present in the meeting was also FIAA’s Chairman Dr. Alvensleben that encouraged them on sharing concerns and recommendations which will be further addressed to the respective tables and authorities properly.

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Meeting with World Bank team for the project on Developing Competiveness Policies

February 10, 2021
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The Independent Assessment Team (IEG) at the World Bank organized a meeting to assess the impact of the project on Developing Competitiveness Policies. The team discussed with the groups that contributed to the implementation of the project (government representatives, international partners, civil society, etc.), getting their opinion on achievement of the project objectives, what worked and what could work with well  otherwise, to draw conclusions and recommendations that might help preparing similar future projects.

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FIAA Manifest to main Political Parties in Albania

February 5, 2021
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FIAA strongly believes that the improvement of the Business Climate in Albania remains fundamental.

As Albania has entered in the electoral period and the political Parties have prepared their economic programs, FIAA strongly believe that these Parties must give focus to the business climate signals and alerts.

In this ambit, at the initiative of the Board of Directors of FIAA and in close consultation with its Committees, FIAA has prepared a Manifest which addresses the Challenges for bringing Albania’s economy forward in the next four years.

FIAA is convinced that these challenges remain crucial to the improvement of the business climate and is appealing for the attention of the main Political Leaders and not only. FIAA believes that the need to stimulate growth, to attract foreign investors and fit for EU accession is more than urgent.

For more details download here FIAA Manifest. 

 

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FIAA’s President and Executive Director meet with Diplomats in Albania

February 2, 2021
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In the framework of the communications that FIAA keeps with Diplomatic Bodies in Albania, early this year FIAA’s President Dr. Alvensleben and Executive Director Ms. Jazoj have meet with two Diplomats in Albania, respectively H.E Mr. MITSUYUKI, Ambassador of Japan to Albania and H.E Mr. GENDLER, Ambassador of Israel to Albania.

The main purpose of the meetings was exchanging views on the business climate, impacts of the pandemic and current business and political situation in Albania, as well as opportunities for strengthening cooperation.

FIAA shall continue meetings with other diplomats in the coming months and assist potential foreign investors interested on the Albanian market.

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Public Consultation “Open Government Partnership Action Plan for Albania 2020-2022”

February 1, 2021
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The Open Government Partnership (OGP) aims to improve governance through government–civil society collaboration to develop reforms that promote transparency, public accountability and civic participation. From July 2020 until now, the Albanian government has worked with public institutions and members of civil society organizations (CSOs) during 14 stakeholder consultations to draft a set of ten reform commitments for inclusion in Albania’s 2020-2022 OGP Action Plan. All citizens & civil society organizations have been invited to provide feedback on the draft.

For more information, please follow the link:  https://www.konsultimipublik.gov.al/Konsultime/Detaje/318

 

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European Centre of Peace Science, Integration and Cooperation (CESPIC)

February 1, 2021
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CESPIC is delighted to announce the release of the report ALBANIA IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD 2020. ‘Albania in the Eyes of the World’ is an annual report that collects and analyses different socio-economic metrics drawn from specialized reports and studies. In particular, the aim of ‘Albania in the Eyes of the World’ is to describe where Albania currently is and where it is heading in different social, economic and political fields. In brief, ‘Albania in the Eyes in the World’ is intended to be a kind of vademecum providing guidance on Albanian development path. In only one document it is possible to find a set of information whose combination eventually turns out to be extremely valuable for students, scholars, journalists, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and investors.

Please download the report following the link

https://unizkm.al/posts/slug/albania-in-the-eyes-of-the-world

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FIAA participate in the consultation meeting with Ministry of Finance on the Strategy for Business and Investment Development

January 21, 2021
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Ministry of Finance and Economy (MFE) is implementing last year of the Action Plan for 2014-2020 of the Business Development and Investment Strategy. MFE with the support of GIZ ProSeed project, in February 2020 started the work for drafting the new Business Development and Investment Strategy (BIDS) 2021-2027.

In this frame, in January 20th, 2021 it was organized a consulting meeting with business organizations discussing on the proposed measures in the Draft. Present in the meeting was the deputy Minister of MFE and international experts that have supported drafting of the strategy, which will serve as a key instrument for policies to foster business and attract investments in Albania, basing on the competitive advantages that Albania offers.

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