OSCE Presence Launches Transparency Project for Albania's Public Procurement System

The OSCE Presence in Albania launched a project aimed at strengthening the capacities and increasing transparency and accountability of the public procurement system in Albania, on 1 September 2020.
"Through this project, and with the support of the Permanent Delegation of Italy to the OSCE, the Presence will conduct research to identify risks and prevent corruption in public procurement," said a press release issued by OSCE press office in Tirana on Thursday. The project will provide recommendations to improve the policy framework and capacity development, as well as promote data transparency and data monitoring among civil society actors.
The Presence has contracted the Berlin-based Hertie School of Governance’s European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building and the Albanian Institute of Science to initiate a comprehensive risk assessment in public procurement in selected public sectors. They will also develop a visual mapping to identify gaps and provide recommendations to mitigate risks through improvements in both policy framework and operational management.
In addition, according to the press release, the Presence will develop a roadmap for the establishment of a professional training programme for public procurement officials to increase their capacities and improve efficiency, planning and monitoring procedures./argumentum.al