Competitiveness in South East Europe (Albanian Indicators) - (2017)

The publication series “Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook (Competitiveness Outlook)” uses a holistic approach, providing policy makers in six economies of South East Europe (SEE) (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia) with a single window through which to assess progress across various policy areas key to their competitiveness.

IDRA Research & Consulting in this project was the country consultant for Albania contracted by OECD (Organization for Co-operation and Economic Development) to carry out the independent assessment (approximately 250 qualitative indicators across 15 dimensions: Trade Policy, Investment Policy, Education and Competences, Research & Development and Innovation, Energy, Transport, Competition Policy, Access to Finance, Tax Policy, Employment, Anti-corruption, State-owned Enterprises, Agriculture, and Digital Society) which complements the government self-assessment. Qualitative indicators aim to measure elements that cannot be captured by quantitative indicators, such as policy settings, policy processes and institutional conditions that drive policy reforms at national and regional levels. The second Competitiveness Outlook will be published in 2018.

In the framework of the “Competitiveness in South East Europe: A Policy Outlook (Competitiveness Outlook)” research”, IDRA has conducted:

  • a thorough extensive desk research and review existing legislation as well as documents and reports issued by the research centers, international organizations and bi-lateral development and technical assistance agencies;
  • Identifying a list of external stakeholders, taking into account the diversity of policy dimension involved. The list of stakeholders was validated by OECD analysts
  • Writing the assessment for the 15 dimensions using the desk review and interviews, creating detailed subject area descriptions and score level descriptions;
  • around 100 in-depth interviews with government representatives, business representatives, civil society, academia and other stakeholders in relation to the 15 area dimensions of the report;
  • Participation in 15 reconciliation and fact finding meetings to discuss the various dimensions, attended by relevant government ministries and agencies, the OECD, regional organizations and networks, the private sector, representatives from academia and local experts, civil society, as well as other stakeholders.