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Gateway Albania | Advocacy for Albanian Exporters - Push the Export

Push the Export

Gateway Albania has been given a many months prepared large-scale project to a founder of Gateway Albania, the Demeter Development Sh.p.k. This project concerns especially the export sector - it will ensure that Albanian companies fully able to export food to the EU and the US and the illegal import is turned off goods. Demeter Development submitted on January 19th, 2016 to the Ministry of Economy called an Unsolicited Proposal, entitled "National Agriculture and Food Industry Quality Management System (NAF)" to implement a project with the objective of food safety in Albania and creating new export opportunities .

Then meetings in the Ministry of Economy took place on January 22nd, 23rd and 25th, 2016 two of them attended by Minister of Economy Arben Ahmetaj -since middle of February Minister of Finance-. He endorsed this project exceptionally and following the Albanian Law on Concessions a panel is established under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy, which decides on how to proceed through to the tendering procedure. Alban Zusi, CEO of Demeter Development and General Secretary of Gateway Albania had a forty minute interview on the television channel News24 on the current issues in food safety already pointed out on January 22nd, 2016 noted the dangers for every Albanian citizen and the colossal limitations of Albanian exports and completely missed agricultural policy addressed in this area. On January 25th, 2016 Demeter Development then made aware through informal meeting with journalists on the project and the lawful development.

Demeter Development as a project owner and provider of this project is in particular received media partnerships for this project and an unconditional transparency push. Our company is politicians, but especially to show the citizens here as an example, that public-private partnerships can arise transparent that such partnerships the citizens need to be explained understandable against decision of the bodies and that economic reforms do not have to go again and again to the detriment of citizens. This project of Demeter Development pays only one who also benefited financially from the project - ie the agricultural producer, the processing industries and the merchant or shopowner.

The public-private partnership is limited by the state it to adopt appropriate legislation amendments. Demeter Development in turn procures the private sector seed funding and refinanced by charges of economically benefiting companies. All steps, all influential names in favor of the project or at the expense of the project is communicated by Demeter Development extensively and transparently via media partnerships, so that every citizen will be fully informed. This is precisely what will be an example for all the reforms that are touched by Demeter Development. The only way to corruption, nepotism and inaction Responsible are met.

And what is heard in this project exactly? Demeter Development will be in Tirana a database created, whose task is the nationwide collection of such data, which are related to food. This collection is carried out by the obligation of all producers and importers of animals and milk to allow each animal to register at birth or import. Each producer and importer is obliged to vaccinate the animals to EU Standard veterinary-medical and appraised. Each slaughterhouse and any buyer of such animals may use these only when the veterinary passport is properly. Each trade or sale to the consumer may be made only if based on the passport or corresponding certificates of the complete curriculum vitae of origin animal can be detected. As a result, at any time and flawlessly understandable that any milk product, any animal product reported properly, vaccinated and healthy reaches EU standards for human consumption and the consumer is protected. At the same time Albania is finally received permission to export animal products to the EU and the US, which has so far been prevented by the inaction of the political leaders.

This system works only if the government and Parliament to incorporate the obligations required in the relevant laws. This is not rocket science and not very expensive. The system works only when lawbreakers to fear sanctions. Therefore, data matching with the customs, health and tax authorities is obligatory. The system only works , if a professional and serious control of all participants takes place. Therefore, the software of the database gives numerous control messages automatically when plausibility controls make this necessary - for example, if a slaughterhouse wants to report the slaughter of an animal, this animal but did not get all the necessary health controls. And this is why, among other things 2,000 freelance inspectors are set by this project, the intensive and for a pattern diagram of the EU to carry out spot checks and these duly documented by data entry into the system. These freelance inspectors in turn be controlled by salaried inspectors of Demeter Development.

This system creates 2,000 qualified jobs in the field of inspectors. There are
10 laboratories and 100 veterinarians licensed and affiliated with the system. All license and tendering procedures are transparent and made public, so that there can be neither intranparent nor to other corrupt on cases. Demeter Development in turn is controlled by the NFA, which is significantly relieved human, financial and time through the system. Moreover Demeter Development is controlled by the Data Protection Authority of the EU and allows the operating company of the database certify internationally a data protection safety.

This system will dissolve the shadow economy in this area and benefit from their protagonist than enemies. But the mere fact a tax revenue amounting to almost 20% of the Gross National Product of Albania will be added. The fact that the underground economy is taken over by the legal economy. So who will torpedo this project is a supporter of the underground economy, or an enemy of civil society. Because the citizens gained safety in the food supply. The citizen benefits from the enormous additional tax revenues of the state for use in educational and healthy system. And the economy can finally export more than import. This project is important for the state, ie the totality of citizens and businesses. The project does not have to be realized by Demeter Development. But it must not fall into the hands of politicians unwilling to act. And it must not be torpedoed by unscrupulous people who fear for their black business.


Gateway Albania është një organizatë jo qeveritare për të bashkuar, për të mbështetur dhe për të edukuar eksportuesit shqiptarë në disa pjesë të biznesit. Gateway Albania ofron ndihmë dhe mbështetje, njohuri ndërkombëtare dhe kontakte me investitorët, importuesit dhe tregtarë jashtë vendit.
Gateway Albania është gjithashtu një partner për kompanitë, të cilat janë të interesuara për të ardhur në Shqipëri për të investuar apo për të punuar. Ne i mbështesim këto kompani nga jashtë, ashtu siç i mbështesim kompanitë shqiptare jashtë vendit - bazuar në një rrjet të gjerë të partnerëve tanë në Evropë dhe SHBA.

Çfarë bëjmë ne

Gateway Albania është e para dhe e vetmja avokaci për eksportuesit shqiptarë. Objektivi ynë është që të bashkojmë eksportuesit shqiptarë dhe të jemi lobi i tyre për të zgjidhur problemet, për të rritur volumin e eksportit, për të optimizuar kuadrin ligjor. Për këtë arsye ne zhvillojmë takime individuale me anëtarët tanë për të njohur problemet aktuale, ne kemi grupe pune për të analizuar situatën dhe për të gjetur zgjidhje. Ne realizojmë bashkëpunime brenda dhe jashtë vendit. Ne kemi takime lokale në tryeza të rrumbullakëta, një lidhje profesional me publikun dhe joformale "Chimney Club" bisedimet rreth oxhakut me udhëheqësit e ekonomisë dhe politikës.


Gateway Albania u krijua nga individët dhe kompanitë gjermane dhe shqiptare për të optimizuar linjat e prodhimit, për të rritur cilësinë e produkteve, për të rritur volumin e eksporteve. Nisma për të ngritur këtë organizatë jo-qeveritare është rezultat i përvojave, që investitorët nga jashtë krijuan duke u përpjekur për të bërë biznes në Shqipëri.

Përvojat e tyre prej më shumë se tridhjetë vjet në biznesin ndërkombëtar në katër kontinente, resurset e tyre dhe kontaktet e tyre janë baza për të mbështetur këtë lobi të ri dhe të vetëm të biznesit të eksportit shqiptar.

Who we are

Gateway Albania is a Non-governmental organization to unite, to support and to educate Albanian exporters in several parts of the business. Gateway Albania is offering a lot of help and support, international knowledge and contacts to investors, importers and salesmen abroad. Gateway Albania is also a partner for companies, which are interested to come to Albania to invest or to work. We are supporting these companies from abroad, like we are supporting Albanian companies abroad - based on a wide network of partners into Europe and USA.

What we are doing

Gateway Albania is the one and only advocacy for Albanian exporters. Our target is to unite the Albanian exporters and to be their lobby to solve problems, to increase the volume of export, to optimize the framework of laws. Therefore we have several individual meetings with our members to know the current problems, we have workgroups to analyze the situation and to find solutions. We realize cooperations national and abroad. We have local roundtable meetings, a professional public relation and informal Club Chimney Talks with leaders of economy and politic.

Why to join us

Gateway Albania was set up by German and Albanian individuals and companies to optimize the production lines, to increase the quality of products, to increase the volume of export. The initiative to set up this Non-governmental Organization is the result of the experiences, investors from abroad had by trying to do business in Albania. Their experiences of more than thirty years of international business in four continents, their ressources and their contacts are the base to support this new and only lobby of Albanian export business.

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