Rama’s Family Takes Control over Gambling Industry

Rama’s Family Takes Control over Gambling Industry

The company MC Networking shpk, owned 100% by Endri Meksi, the business partner of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s brother Olsi Rama, has finally received the concession to monitor the gambling business in Albania for the coming 30 years. MC Networking has previously tried to extract concessions from the Rama government. It was the local partner of the Chinese […]

Rama Announces Vlora Airport Construction without Tender

Rama Announces Vlora Airport Construction without Tender

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced this morning that the government received an “official request” to construct the Vlora airport in southern Albania. He also announced that construction work will start in June this year. According to Ora News, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy today confirmed that “the offer has been presented […]

13,000 Businesses Closed in 2017

13,000 Businesses Closed in 2017

According to data from the Directorate General of Taxes, during 2017 13,000 businesses have changed their status in the Business Registry to “passive.” This means they have either suspended their activities or that have not operated on the market for at least 12 months and not declared their taxes. The majority of the businesses where […]

Sheraton Leaves Albania, Government Silent

Sheraton Leaves Albania, Government Silent

The international hotel chain Sheraton will leave Albania in January. The prestigious company, which has owned an iconic hotel in Tirana for the last 14 years, has sold to building the a third party earlier this year. In a press release, the Albanian Society of Tour Operator and Tourist Agencies (ATOA) blames the government for […]

KLSh: Concession of Spitalla Economic Zone Should Be Cancelled Immediately

KLSh: Concession of Spitalla Economic Zone Should Be Cancelled Immediately

The State Supreme Audit Institution (KLSh) has requested the immediate cancellation of the 99-year concession of the Economic Zone Spitalla, near Durrës. An auditing report of the KLSh found a serious of legal violations during the public procurement procedure, after which theMinistry of Economic Development, Trade, and Entrepreneurship  announced the wrong winner: The auditing […] found that […]

Former ARrSh Director Sued for Causing $54M in Losses

Former ARrSh Director Sued for Causing $54M in Losses

Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Damian Gjiknuri has filed a lawsuit at the Prosecution of Serious Crimes against former director of the Albanian Road Authority (ARrSh) Dashamir Xhika and two other officials for the abuse of funds for the Tirana–Elbasan highway project. Xhika, former project manager Aksel Qurduka, and Albens Alite, current project manager of the highway […]

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