In the framework of the ABC project that ICC Albania is currently implementing and supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania organized a study tour in Paris and The Hague from 29th of October to the 1st of November.

The main objective of this study tour was to provide technical assistance to public institutions representatives related to the area of corporate integrity in Albania. The study tour represented an important opportunity for governments and business representatives to consider the alternatives of enhancing and strengthening the cooperation with each other in terms of multi-stakeholder dialogue and in the field of corporate integrity.

Whilst not a formal objective, the study tour gave visibility to the initiatives undertaken by both the Albanian government, ICC Albania and the Embassy of the Netherlands in the areas of economic diplomacy, fight against corruption, public-private dialogue, implementation of SDGs and other related efforts. The study tour also highlighted the extraordinary range of potential projects and initiatives that could be undertaken by all the delegation’s stakeholders in cooperation with each other in national and regional level.

The Albanian delegation was led by ICC Albania and was attended by high level representatives from the public and private sector such as Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy, Deputy Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Chairman and former Chairmen of ICC Albania, and also by other representatives from the NL embassy in Albania, the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of State for Protection of the Entrepreneurship.

During the stay in Paris the delegation participated in fruitful meetings with representatives from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). The main topics of discussion at the meetings were related to corporate governance, responsible business conduct, Anti-Corruption, Arbitration, SDGs, Cooperation, project and events.

While in the Hague the Albanian delegation attended meetings with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, ICC Netherlands, Dutch House of Whistleblowers, The Hague Academy for Local Governance and NFIA. Dutch practices and experience on Responsible Business Conduct are recognized as leading milestones for other countries. The Albanian delegation observed and discussed closely with counterparts on adopting these practices in Albania.