Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in the Republic of Albania

Needs Assessment

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This study is a contribution to Albania’s trade development efforts. It provides action-oriented recommendations, which draw on extensive primary information collected during face-to-face interviews using UNECE evaluation methodology and consultations with public and private stakeholders.




This study identified behind and at-the-border regulatory and procedural barriers to trade in Albania using the UNECE evaluation methodology. It showed that these barriers are mainly due to the lack of institutional capacity to implement the intensive legislative reforms associated with fulfilling the EU Acquis requirements. The impact of these shortfalls are aggravated by the debilitating financial constraints that the government is labouring under, and the recurrent government restructuring initiatives that undermine the sustainability of reform achievements. The weak rule of law is yet other factor, which creates a high degree of business uncertainty and gives rise to informal payments.


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