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Monitoring of the Work of the Procurement Advocate in Albania, September 2010- March 2011

From December 2010 to March 2011, the Center for Development and Democratization of Institutions (CDDI) with support by the Millennium Challenge Corporation Albania Threshold Program II (MCCA2), conducted a study of the performance of the Procurement Advocate based on the experience of businesses that participate in the public procurement procedures, and the public institutions that issue public procurement (CA, PPA, and PPC). More specifically, the study evaluated the Procurement Advocate’s progress to date, benefits for the business community, public administration and the public at large, as well as issues that need to be addressed to strengthen its efforts toward an effective, transparent, and fair procurement process in Albania.

The study included: (i) five focus groups with 57 EO participants that have submitted at least one complaint to PA and one focus group with EOs that have not submitted any complaints to the PA. (ii) fifteen in-depth interviews with procurement specialists from CAs in six regions (Tirana, Korça, Vlora, Fieri, Elbasani, and Shkodër), (iii) and six in-depth interviews with public officials of the Public Procurement Agency (PPA), the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), and the Procurement Advocate (PA).