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Here at Adriapol we look at development through a triple lenses that encompasses intelligent, creative and innovative ways to development. We believe in local solutions towards global development challenges that are present in the society of Albania and in Southeast Europe region. The Institute was founded in 2014 with the purpose of promoting innovation and growth both in Albania and Southeast Europe mainly through cooperation with neighbors and organizations set up in EU and EU countries.

Adriapol Institute is organized in a way that allows us to shape our activities in line with the concepts of smart and creative growth. In a vertical dimension we focus our cooperation with the three different levels of governing in Albania – central, regional and local, trying to influence policy making by introducing the most innovative international trends in development. In a horizontal dimension we focus on the industrial, economic, cultural and social aspects of development and growth bringing into the forefront solutions that generate employment and income at the local level. We achieve this through an internal dimension that focusses on the various groups of stakeholders and collaborators that come together in different application processes and implementation modes through actions, initiatives, clusters, event infrastructures, and publications.

Adriapol looks at regional development through a triple helix perspective engaging businesses, government and education sector for socioeconomic sustainability. It is in the forefront of introducing to the Albanian reality new models for development that are youth-led & regionally run. Work with regional agencies of development has brought it closer to regional concerns & solutions. It has a professional network promoting locally new concepts of development...

Smart City

Functionality of smart cities is growing while their numbers extend globally. There are many smart actions available to citizens already present in the infrastructure, administration, education and beyond. In Albania, Tirana, the capital city, is at the forefront of smart solutions providing several e-services to its inhabitants. The future is with the smart cities and the unlimited potential becomes more valuable given the continuous development of technology. At ADRIAPOL we believe that Smart City solutions will further improve services and systems while remaining affordable. Projects in this area will seek to enhance the welfare of cities and towns, better the life of dwellers and increase the quality of services focusing on the community as a nucleus of social urban development.

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Creative Economy

Adriapol is a strong believer of creative economy. Competition has become global and Albania more urban. Its cities and towns need to win investors and create more and better jobs by utilizing the unrecognized potential of creative industries. Making the economy creative allows the fostering of unused potentials towards improvements in the income gained, employment increases and job market stabilization. At Adriapol we have understood the challenges for creative industry actors including the low capital endowment, poor networking, low external visibility and we are working with actors in Albania and Adriatic region to develop capacities among creative industry actors as they lack needed resources and know-how. With our Italian partners we are also developing policies that make central and local government aware of the benefits creative industries.

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Competitive Growth

The competitiveness index for Albania is estimated at 4.06 points (out of the 7 maximum) according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017 published by the World Economic Forum. At Adriapol we have mapped and analyzed the current situation of economic sector competitiveness in Albania and facilitated the identification of the country’s potentials for enhancing competitiveness.Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are another important pillar in the Albanian developing economy. However, they are being unable to unfold their full innovative capabilities and they are disconnected from the innovation scene. While receiving startup capital and seed funding is hard to achieve, connecting the startups with existing businesses is as important as assisting them in the capital and fundraising market. Our vision for Albania is based on the European Commission focus on placing great emphasis on supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs given their importance in creating jobs and growth. The three levels intervention for Albania, will integrate the attempts of Central government policy making, the Local government institutions and actors concerned in the improvement of the industry-related competitiveness across all areas.

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