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Albania Building Permits Rise in Q4, 2020
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Albania Building Permits Rise in Q4, 2020

TIRANA, February 26 The number of newly issued permits for new buildings during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 rose 51.5 percent, the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) reported in its latest publication on Friday. Based on the data, the number of permits issued to construct new buildings in Q4 was 306. Further on, the floor...

Albanian Products: Varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes in Albania
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Albanian Products: Varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes in Albania

TIRANA, February 23 In the Mediterranean region, olive oil, tomatoes, and a pinch of oregano make the perfect marriage of flavors. Albania, like all the other countries on the Mediterranean coast, has a long tradition of tomato cultivation. Experts believe that the tomato plant was introduced in Albania around the same period it arrived in...

Golden Eagle Shot and Injured by Poachers
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Golden Eagle Shot and Injured by Poachers

TIRANA, February 19 The Golden Eagle, the bird that Albanians saw as the embodiment of freedom and everything they believed in, risks disappearing. We the Albanians take pride in this magnificent bird, as we regard it as a national symbol and even market the country as ‘the land of eagles’. Sadly, some people here kill...

Albania’s BPO Industry Has Potential to Enter UK Market
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Albania’s BPO Industry Has Potential to Enter UK Market

TIRANA, February 18 ‘Albania has great potential to be a successful outsourcing case in the UK market, especially in e-commerce, data entry, and ITO.’ This is one of the key findings of a market research report on the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry conducted by the Fiber group with the support of Risi Albania. Fiber...

Albania Exports Begin 2021 with y-o-y Monthly High
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Albania Exports Begin 2021 with y-o-y Monthly High

TIRANA, February 17 Albania’s exports started the new year with a high monthly figure as sales reached Lek 24 billion, the Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) confirmed on Wednesday. Exports increased 3.1 percent year-on-year in January 2021, and 2.8 percent compared to December 2020. In the meantime, January imports increased 8.4 percent to amount to Lek...

Albanian Products: Konispoli Mandarins
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Albanian Products: Konispoli Mandarins

TIRANA, February 16 ‘Mandarin is the future’ was the motto of Konispoli farmers, who created the largest mandarin plantation in Albania over the last decade. Known for a borne sense for business, hard-working culture, and dedication to high-quality products, it’s no wonder that the Cham farmers are so successful. International trade data show that their...

Retire to Albania: Bill Defines Terms for Retiree Residence Permits
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Retire to Albania: Bill Defines Terms for Retiree Residence Permits

TIRANA, February 15 For those considering retiring to Albania, a draft law ‘On Aliens” defines all the requirements for getting a retiree residence permit. The draft law that’s currently discussed by the parliamentary committees includes a specific article on residence permits for retirees. Article-No. 85 stipulates that all foreign citizens who are entitled to a...

Regional Hospital Wards to Open as COVID-19 Overwhelms Tirana
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Regional Hospital Wards to Open as COVID-19 Overwhelms Tirana

TIRANA, February 15 Starting Monday, health officials will open regional hospital wards for coronavirus patients as the units of the COVID hospitals in Tirana are at full capacity. Health Minister Ogerta Mastirliu said that hospitalizations in Tirana increased by over 500 patients. She highlighted a rise in younger admission for coronavirus as well as a...

Tighter COVID-19 Rules Kick in for Albania
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Tighter COVID-19 Rules Kick in for Albania

TIRANA, February 11 Starting Thursday, February 11 Albanians will see COVID-19 rules tighten as part of efforts to bring under control a surge in coronavirus cases. On their part, health authorities suspect the spread of both the UK and South Africa coronavirus variants. Hence, tighter restrictions kick in across the country until February 25th as...

Bids Invited for Kukesi Airport Operational Support
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Bids Invited for Kukesi Airport Operational Support

TIRANA, February 4 The Air Navigation Services of Albania (Albcontrol) invited bids on operational support for starting operations at Kuksi Airport, northeastern Albania. The announcement was made on Thursday through the Public Procurement Agency (APP). The bid documents are available at the announcement under reference number REF-85750-02-03-2021. The contract notice highlights that all bids must...