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Two-day training with Mr. Bob Harris (CAE)

On November 21-22, 2017 NBF with CIPE’s support organized two-day training with the members of the forum to empower their capacities on overcoming the issues they face in their organizations based on their self assessments.

During these two days, Mr. Harris provided in a very simple way the main dimensions that an association/chamber of commerce should empower in order to be a healthy organization. Also during the second day the members conducted an assessment regarding NBF’s work and its future.



Internal meeting with NBF members assessing the coalition

On November 20, 2017 NBF organized an internal meeting with the members of the coalition and CIPE’s representative Ms. Martina Hrvolova to assess the work done so far by the coalition.

NBF members assessed the coalition based on the 10 dimensions preliminary identified by CIPE, based on capacities of the forum where they identified the strengths and also the problems of the coalition so far.  


Working breakfast with the Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship

On November 7th, 2017 National Business Forum (NBF) organized a working breakfast with the Minister of State for the Protection of Entrepreneurship which aimed at presenting the main issues faced by the business community. This meeting was attended by NBF members and some of topics that were discussed are:

Professionalism and ethics of public administration employees
VAT reimbursement 
Facon subcontractor’s VAT
Tourism VAT and tax inspections
Public-private dialogue and instability of legislation
Effective implementation regarding the law on public notice and consultation
Reduction of vat threshold to all 2 million 

Informal Meeting with some of the International Business Organizations

On October 31, 2017, Ms. Esmeralda Ballesha, NBF Coordination Unit was invited to an informal working meeting organized by a group of international business organizations (Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations). This meeting came as a follow up of the informal meetings held by CU with ICC Albania and the Nordic Association in August and of the continuous communications that the CU had during this month’s with these organizations. Some of the main issues discussed in this meeting were: lack of PPD and that the government should provide information and communication to the public.

Except NBF, part of the meeting were:

Nordic Association

The International Chamber of Commerce in Albania

German Industry and Trade Association in Albania

France-Albania Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Albania - Turkey

Austrian Trade Office

Meeting with the Director of Taxpayers’ Service at the General Directorate of Taxation

On October 24th, 2017 Esmeralda Ballesha, Coordination Unit of NBF held an informal meeting with Mr. Artur Papajani, Director of Taxpayers’ Service of General Tax Directorate. This meeting was held in the framework of maintaining a continuous communication relationship with the governmental authorities and in the same time being up to date with the latest arrangements of public institutions.

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