Enhancing the Development of Albanian Maritime Sector through Technical Assistance and Increased Partnership

What is the project about?

The maritime sector is rapidly increasing in the past years, as a source for further economic development and international cooperation. The Government of Albania has made progress in maintenance and infrastructure of port facilities in line with the Sector Strategy, priorities stipulated in the Government Program, the National Transport Plan, the National Strategy for Development and Integration and the Medium-Term Budget Plan.

Supporting data from INSTAT show that in 2017 compared to 2016, the volume of freight loading and unloading in Albanian ports has increasing by 7.1 %, the number of passengers travelling by sea line is increasing by 16.9%, the goods exported by sea represent 62.8 % of the total transport as well as goods imported by sea represent 48.6 %.

Maritime transport is primarily concerned with the transport of freight and passengers by sea. The sector is associated with many other activities such as ship agency, chartering and brokering, maritime labor and education, multimodal and intermodal transport and related services.

Cooperation on various services notably those linked to the capacity building in the public sector and better coordination of planning activities is needed for preparing the ground for better marine and maritime governance and services.

The “Enhancing the Development of Albanian Maritime Sector through Technical Assistance and Increased Partnership” project, aims to enhance the integration of Albanian Maritime Standards in line with the EU requirements, by developing and implementing maritime transport policy framework, improve capacities in the field and encourage the development of a Maritime Clusters in Albania with the relevant stakeholders.

The project will build up in two strong foundations: (i) Norwegian experience, being among the leading maritime nations in Europe and beyond (ii) in follow up to EU technical assistance for the sector, as well as other EU regional initiatives.


(i)                  To improve the public governance of the maritime sector;

(ii)                To raise institutional capacity and competence to implement policies, standards and regulations;

(iii)               Increase efforts on coordination and competitiveness between four ports and promoting the development of a maritime clusters in Albania with the relevant stakeholders;

(iv)               Improving environmental standards and implementation capabilities in the maritime sector.

Expected Results


1.       Strengthened policy, legal and regulatory framework in place to support the Government of Albania in maritime sector development; – A sound maritime regulatory framework in accordance to the international maritime practice and EC regulations, will ensure the development of standards in compliance with EU and International obligations.  

2.       Institutional capacity to harmonise standards and regulations through training and twinning programmes; – An exchange mechanism between the Albanian Maritime Administration (AMA) with the Norwegian Maritime Authority will provide for building and strengthening institutional capacity.

3.       Strengthened financial sustainability for the General Marine Directorate; –   Enable the environment to support the GMD financial sustainability from viable income generating schema accompanied by a business plan

4.       Feedback provided by stakeholders and insights related to maritime sector to further elaborate the role for Maritime Cluster and Potential that Albania has to develop one; –  Assessment of the potential to develop a Maritime Cluster in Albania considering the following: (i) specialization and perspectives, (ii) gaps in existing national legislation (iii)promotion of research, development and innovation, providing for guidelines to develop at least one maritime cluster (Aquamarine, Tourism, Fishery or Transport).

5.       Capacity building of regional and national institution and other stakeholders (including business, younger, NGOs are improved);

6.       Piloting maritime solutions and raising public awareness regarding impact on environment and need for response- Assessment on integrated solutions for prevention and management of marine litter in line with the ecosystem approach of the Barcelona Convention and ICZM.




Project start date:

October 2018

Estimated end date:

September 2021

Focus area:

Project office:

UNDP in Albania

Implementing partner:

United Nations Development Programme

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Funding Support by

Donor name

  • Government Of Norway
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2019 $80,881

    2018 $5,605

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