ALSAI Chairman, Mr. Bujar Leskaj holds a meeting with deputies of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo

07.06.2018

On June 7, 2018, ALSAI Chairman Mr. Bujar Leskaj held a meeting with deputies of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Nait Hasani, deputy of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Mr. Muharrem Nitaj P.G’s deputy of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Mrs. Albulena Balaj - Halimaj deputy of Social Democratic Social Democrats, Mr. Dardan Molliqaj, P.G’s deputy of the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Naim Jakaj, Advisor to the vice Chairman of the Assembly and Mr. Kreshnik Gashi, Chairman of the Board of ARKEP, Kosovo. At the meeting was also present the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in the Republic of Albania, Syle Ukshini.

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Deputies from Kosovo were acquainted by the ALSAI Chairman with the functioning of the institution based on the Constitution of the Republic of Albania and the law "On the organization and functioning of ALSAI" approved by the Albanian Parliament in November 2014. This law is in full compliance with International Standards on Auditing. During these years SAI has been modernized and focused on performance and financial audits, SAI staff has grown professionally and thanks to the exchange of experiences with the European Homologous Audit Institutions with which ALSAI has signed several cooperation agreements (sixteen a like so far).

Mr. Leskaj emphasized and underlined the fact that the first cooperation agreement ALSAI has signed with the National Audit Office of Kosovo (CAO) in 2012 and with this office has the best co-operation thanks to our tradition, history and will of the Auditor General of Kosovo, Mr. Besnik Osmani.

The focus of the meeting was the discussion of the Audit Report conducted by ALSAI during 2017 on "Unification of Customs Points of Albania with Kosovo", an audit which was seen with great interest by the deputies of the Assembly of Kosovo.

This audit was carried out in the following subjects: General Directorate of Customs (GDC) and its subordinate subjects: Kukes Customs Office - Morine and Customs Branch Durrës, extending to the Ministry of Finance and Economy, which have sub-legal acts for concretization and implementation of the measures set out in the joint governmental agreements between Albania and Kosovo, etc., paying particular attention to the issues related to the effectiveness of the management, monitoring and performance functions of the responsible structures of the GDC and the MoF.

A valuable contribution to the realization of this audit was provided by the co-operation, exchange of information and interviews conducted with the Kosovo National Audit Office, the Kosovo Ministry of Finance and the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce.

At the end of the audit, the ALSAI Chairman with the Decision No. 202, dated 29/12/2017, addressed 24 important recommendations such as:

• The Ministry of Finance and Economy has to undertake studies, based on the feedback of the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Albania and the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, and draft a special National Strategy for customs union with Kosovo in order to differentiate Kosovo from the generalization of a cooperation with Southeast Europe.

• In the joint working groups between Albania and Kosovo, pre-defined in the agreements between the two countries, include the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Albania and the Chamber of Commerce of Kosovo, as organizations representing the businesses of both countries.

• With the purpose of sharing the responsibilities, regulation and creation of functionality within the customs area of ​​the Port of Durres for both customs administrations Kosovo - Albania, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Customs, has to take measures to draft standard operating procedures in order to clarify where begins and ends the customs supervision of goods by the respective authorities so that they do not interfere with the duties and responsibilities of each other.

• In consultation with the business community, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Customs, has to take the necessary measures to finalize the operation of the Kosovo Customs Office in the Port of Durres (within the first 6 months of 2018).

• The Ministry of Finance and Economy, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Customs, has to take measures to compile a study and its implementation on the establishment of the Port of Shëngjin in the service of Kosovo Customs (within the first 6 months of 2018).

Mr. Leskaj made a full description of the Audit Report and SAI is opened to further work in this direction, working with the Kosovo NAO and will especially look into the possibility to follow the implementation of SAI recommendations by the end of the year.

The deputies of the Kosovo Assembly and the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Tirana thanked Mr. Leskaj for the realization of this important audit. During the visit in ALSAI, the deputies praised the symbolic figures and facts and characterized the ALSAI as a special institution with the flags of Albania and Kosovo, as well as symbols of the personalities of Kosovo.