Albania plans transport upgrade
A consortium of European consultants led by Hyder Consulting is helping Albania improve its transport system in order to further its ambitions to become a member of the European Union.
The consultancy team will initially support the Institute of Transport in Albania in defining the changes needed to take it from an academic Institute, specialising in transport studies, to a new role with responsibility for the maintenance and updating of the National Transport Plan and the establishment and maintenance of a multi-sector transport information database.
The team was appointed by the European Commission, which is providing a grant towards the cost of the project.
The consultancy brief is to identify and initiate implementation of these reforms and to develop a road map for future development in the short to medium term, specifically:
> setting up the transport information department with appropriate training and advice on running costs associated with its new tasks;
> setting up the transport planning department and selection of an appropriate transport model, supported by appropriate training, and establishment of links to the executing agencies for data collection;
> establishing best practices on European Union transport law harmonisation; and
> establishing links with the executive agencies (road, rail, ports, and civil aviation).
Under a three year European Commission Framework Agreement, the consortium has also provided specialist advice and technical support for a number of smaller projects up to 200,000 Euros.
Image: Albanian highway