IMF Warns against Public–Private Partnerships

IMF Warns against Public–Private Partnerships

At the conclusion of its recent official mission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published several “preliminary findings” in concluding statement online. One of the most disconcerting findings is the strong criticism of the IMF of the government’s plan to expand the usage of public–private partnerships through what Prime Minister Edi Rama has called the […]

Government Opens Arbër Highway Tender

Government Opens Arbër Highway Tender

The government has announced the tender for the Arbër highway project that would connect Tirana with Bulqiza and eventually Macedonia. In April, the government received an unsolicited offer of Gjoka Konstruksion to build the road for €250 million financed through a private–public partnership. From the total of  €250 million, €190 million would be invested by […]

Veliaj Plans to Build Not 20, But 30 New Schools

Veliaj Plans to Build Not 20, But 30 New Schools

Mayor Erion Veliaj announced yesterday that the municipality will build 30 new schools in Tirana. During an electoral meeting in Kashar, Veliaj declared: The Albanian government, our Prime Minister Edi Rama, has approved the co-financing with the Municipality of Tirana for 30 new schools, including 2 9-year schools and one middle school in the Kashar-Yzeberisht-Kombinat […]

Veliaj Promotes School Concessions

Veliaj Promotes School Concessions

Yesterday Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj presented his project for the construction of 17 new schools in Tirana through public–private partnership (PPP) constructions.  This project is embedded within the “One Billion Euro” plan of Prime Minister Edi Rama, presented nearly two weeks ago. During the presentation, Mayor Veliaj explained the details of this financing scheme: […]

IMF: “One Billion Euro Plan” Not Discussed with Us

IMF: “One Billion Euro Plan” Not Discussed with Us

Jens Reinke, the permanent representative of the International Monetary Fund in Albania, denied that the IMF had been involved in the consultation process for the “one billion euro plan” of the Rama government. Prime Minister Rama presented the “one billion euro plan” a few days ago, as the investment plan for his next mandate. The one […]