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Albanian ICT Association

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 8 January, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Other
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Dritan
Mezini
Cluster Manager
+355692077847
dmezini@aita-al.org
Julia
Canga
Other
+355 69 40 47901
jcanga@aita-al.org
Languages spoken: 
English
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Data Protection, Storage, Cryptography, Security
Information Technology/Informatics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Micro/Nano electronics
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Medical Devices
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
72
Number of SME members: 
60
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
12
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Computer & Copier Systems
Larger Company
DM Consulting Services (DMCS)
Larger Company
EasyPay
SME
European University of Tirana
University
Facilization
SME
ikubINFO
Larger Company
InfoSoft Systems
Larger Company
TETRA Solutions
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Albanian ICT Association was established in 2007 as an initiative of Albanian enterprises working in the IT domain. It is the voice of the Albanian information and communications technologies (ICT) sector as well as a prominent advocate for the expansion of Albania’s innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology.

Main objectives are: • To be the leading voice and the representative of IT sector in the Government; • To develop, strengthen and promote the IT industry in the country; • To develop the IT export services; • To become the leader in promoting professional and quality services in the country; • To create partnerships with other associations; • To promote education and improve high school and university IT curricula.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Germany
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Clusters that are in the frame of Balkan and Black ICT Network
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Project NameName & Description (Regional/National)

Albanian IT Process Improvement and Certification Program, (2008 – 2010),  The program was implemented in collaboration with GIZ ORF, European Software Institute Center Eastern Europe (based in Bulgaria), and Albanian IT Association (AITA). AITA was seriously committed on promoting regional and international standards for a better management of companies in the information technology sector, particularly among the AITA member companies.

Albanian IT Process Improvement and Certification Program, (2011 – 2012), http://aita-al.org/it-mark/  AITA was seriously committed on promoting regional and international standards for a better management of companies in the information technology sector, particularly among the AITA member companies.The most important project in this direction was IT Mark project funded by USAID Rritje Albania and main implementer ESI Center Eastern Europe, which aims at supporting 5 member companies of AITA working in the field of software development and service delivery in the field of IT to reach the IT Mark certification.

AEP: Academic Exchange for Progress, (2012‐2014) http://www.aepmak.org/  AEP is a project undertaken by representative bodies from Norway, Macedonia, Albania (partnering AITA, etc.) and Kosovo. The project develops under HERD: Programme in Higher Education, Research and Development in the Western Balkans 2011‐2014, developed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The overall aim of the HERD Programme is to contribute to economic growth and social development through increased cooperation in higher education and research and development in the Western Balkans.

USAID’s Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI)

HERD Programme for Higher Education, Research and Development 2010-2014

 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The Albanian ICT Association is the most important representative body of the Albanian it domain. We are the voice of the Albanian information and communications technologies (ICT) sector as well as a prominent advocate for the expansion of Albania’s innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology.

AITA has implemented numerous projects that have stimulated the competitiveness and growth of the ICT sector in Albania, both domestically and abroad. AITA is one of the main supporters of all the activities in the country supporting innovation, ICT ecosystem improvement and strengthening such as Startup Weekend, Imagine Cup, Startup Live, Tech Camp, Innovation Camp, World Summit Awards, ICT Awards and so on.