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E-Newsletter 2022, Issue II

July 2022


Dear Reader!

With the trust that you are all doing well, we are glad to share with you our Electronic Newsletter, reflecting different actions taken by FIAA Members, as well as views, insights and approaches towards the business climate during the second trimester! Wishing you all a very nice summer! 

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Annual Assembly Meeting 2022, Mr. Alessandro D’ORIA, CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania is elected the New President to lead FIAA

The Foreign Investors Association of Albania (FIAA) on May 9th, 2022 held its Annual Assembly Meeting. In this meeting were presented the main activities and the work program of the Association along with the main challenges of its 2022 Agenda. During this Meeting, the Assembly of Members elected the new President of FIAA Mr. Alessandro D’Oria, along with the new members to the Board of Directors that together will lead the Association in the next years..Read more

National Conference on the “Common Challenges and new pathways in the fight against corruption: digitalization as an anticorruption tool”

FIAA’s commitment and efforts to improving the doing business environment in Albania, is the main pillar of its work. During the National Conference on Anticorruption, hold in Tirana in June 13th-15th, FIAA’s President Mr. Alessandro D’Oria, during his word in the session: Business associations’ role in promoting good governance and fighting corruption spoke on behalf of FIAA by sharing experience and insights in fighting corruption. Mr. D’Oria highlighted the importance of the fight against corruption along with further needed reforms and digitalization, as fundamental to improve business environment..Read more

Tirana Economic Forum IV  

The fourth edition of Tirana Economic Forum entitled “Albania’s leading role for Regional Development in the Western Balkans” was held on May 10th, 2022 in Tirana and has successfully concluded with the participation of 35 speakers and more than 250 participants, where FIAA was the main Local Partner of the Forum...Read more

FIAA meets with representative of French representative in Tirana

Ms. Marinela Jazoj welcomed in the FIAA premises Mrs. Florence Dobelle, Cheffe du Service économique régional Danube Balkans, at French-Embassy in Bulgaria..Read more

Meeting with Swiss SECO at the Swiss Embassy

In frame of Switzerland support to Albania in the field of economic development and employment, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is engaged in providing support for private sector development in different areas like investment climate, insolvency regime, financial reporting, entrepreneurship, etc...Read more

FIAA’s Deputy President attended the WBIF Guarantee Facility and Private Sector Blending

During early April, in Tirana it was organized a dedicated meeting for the presentation of the WBIF instrument for the private sector (WBIF Guarantee Facility and Private Sector Blending), a programming mission headed by Ms. Michela Matuella, Acting Director of the DG NEAR. ...Read more

FIAA’s Board of Directors meets with the Ambassador of the Embassy of Netherlands in Albania  

FIAA’s Board had been invited to a working lunch with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Albania to discuss about the business climate and foreign investments in the country...Read more

Investment Council puts forward Recommendations for the Improvement of the Public Consultation Process 

The Albania Investment Council (IC) held a plenary meeting to discuss on the private sector’s concerns and recommendations for the improvement of the public consultation process. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Finance and Economy, Mrs Delina Ibrahimaj, and by several business organizations ‘representatives. In this meeting, FIAA was represented by the Executive Director Ms Marinela Jazoj and by the Newest Board Member Mr Sokol Elmazaj. ..Read more

IMF Staff Concludes a Staff Visit to Albania

At the conclusion of the IMF mission in Albania conducted recently, the Team Leader, Ms. Sun issued the following statement: “The sharp increase in food and energy prices as well as rising external funding costs following the war in Ukraine present the third major shock hitting the Albanian economy in recent years...Read more

Country Private Sector Diagnostic Report Launching

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) together with the World Bank (WB) have prepared the Country Private Sector Diagnostics (CPSD) Report. The sector assessments included in the CPSD for Albania...Read more

Boga Associates Awards and Rankings in International Legal Directories

For two decades, world’s most reputable legal directories place Boga & Associates at the top of their ranking’s tables. Legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, WTR1000, Benchmark Litigation Europe conduct extensive market research on yearly basis, undertaking interviews with clients and law firms to build a comprehensive picture of the legal markets around the world. Our lawyers, and the practices they have built, are consistently recognized as Albania’s market leaders.                  

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CCBS receives Key of Tirana City

During the awarding ceremony at the Municipality of Tirana, the CCBS President Luca Busi expressed: “We will proudly guard the” Key of Tirana“, by aiming to open new doors for an increasingly sustainable future”.                                 

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ProCredit Bank signs agreement with EBRD on support for agribusiness and tourism SMEs      

The EBRD has committed to a risk-sharing instrument of up to €20 million with ProCredit Bank in Albania, which is expected to generate loans to beneficiary companies in the agribusiness and tourism sectors. The new support package for the agribusiness and tourism sectors in Albania was signed during the first visit of the EBRD President, Odile Renaud-Basso to Albania. 

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A €20 mln plafond for green investments of SMEs active in Albania   

Intesa Sanpaolo supports the internationalization of Southern Italy’s small and medium-sized enterprises and offers to SMEs active in Albania tools to increase their business and investment opportunities, including: 

- a €20 million plafond to support investments in the green economy - photovoltaic, energy efficiency, etc., made available by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania;

- the extension to Albania of the international "Confirming" platform, an innovative digital solution of supply chain finance that supports Italian and foreign companies in commercial exchange activities.

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A fruitful collaboration between ANTEA Cement and the APR of the Tirana Municipality

A collaboration between ANTEA Cement and the Agency of Parks and Recreation of the Tirana Municipality has been founded! All visitors can sit and enjoy the “Sustainability Corner” - a dedicated area with hip & modern benches in the “Cycling Academy”.

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EBRD and ProCredit promote energy efficiency in Albania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is stepping up efforts to improve energy efficiency in Albania with a €3 million credit line to ProCredit Bank. The funds will be on-lent to households for investments in energy-saving solutions.

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On 2nd of June, SEWS CABIND Albania took part in an open day held at the Polytechnic University of Tirana. The company had the possibility to promote hiring opportunities and share our company profile and values with interested students.

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Interview with Mr. Alessandro D'Oria, President of FIAA and CEO at IntesaSanpaolo Bank Albania 


Interview with Mr. Enrico Donati, Executive Chairman at Assist Digital


FIAA ongoing working discussions on the White Book recommendations

FIAA’s Team of Experts met on May 13th, 2022 to discuss on the progress of the ongoing working discussions on the White Book Chapters’ recommendations...Read more

Working lunch with Commissioner Varheley

A working frankly lunch and discussions with Commissioner Varheley was held during his visit in Tirana in April 2022...Read more

Ongoing Meetings on Business recommendations coming from the White Book   

Following up the engagement of the Ministry of Finance and Economy to intervene for the improvement of the business climate in the country, during the months of April, May and June 2022 have been organized several technical working meetings with business community experts and professionals treating more than 80 concerns...Read more

Albania 2022 Annual Report consultation with Businesses  

The EU Delegation to Albania had launched the consultation process for the drafting of the 2022 Annual Country Report on Albania and specific meetings with civil society representatives and business community were hold in April 12th, 2022.....Read more

EBRD Transition Report Albania 2021-22

Transition Report is the EBRD’s flagship annual report analyzing progress in implementation of structural reforms and economic development across 38 countries where the EBRD invests, including Albania...Read more

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Types of crude oil extracted at the Patos Marinza field

To explain the types of crude oil, we can start with a simple comparison: there are no water sources with the same water, so there are no identical oil sources in quality. Crude oil, according to the American Petroleum Institute is classified with the API grade, which measures the quality and consequently the price of oil.

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Marriot Tirana Hotel 


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Survey on Business Environment in Albania 2022

Ongoing Consultation on the Draft Law on Income Tax

Recommendations for improvement of the Business Environment from the FIAA White BOOK 2021-2025


Launching of Results for FIAA's Survey on Business Environment in Albania 2022





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