About us

ASET represents an alternative to offer the proper expertise on the issues related to stimulation of the improvement of the whole economic and social mechanism, by extending the consciousness of the different levels of the society in this process.

Objectives

The focus of ASET is addressing acute problems encountered in the course of development during transition, with a particular attention on economic progress and social welfare, namely:

  • Sustainable economic growth;
  • Advanced banking and financial sector;
  • Developed private sector, especially SME-s;
  • Improved legislative framework, from drafting to implementation;
  • Better-quality health and education services;
  • Social care and welfare;
  • Functional infrastructure;
  • Urban and rural development;
  • Protected environment;
  • Recognized country cultural and tourism attraction;
  • More efficient & transparent government practices;
  • Coordinated and shared authority from central to local government;
  • Increased participatory role of stakeholders in drafting, implementing, and monitoring public policies.

ASET Albanian Socio Economic Think Tank, set up in 1999 as a Non-Profit Organization, is a think-tank that undertakes programmes, projects, and consultancy, publishing and training activities related to economic and social development.

ASET represents an alternative to offer the proper expertise on the issues related to stimulation of the improvement of the whole economic and social mechanism, by extending the consciousness of the different levels of the society in this process.

ASET staff is represented by local and international experts with different expertise. ASET is not only an organization of experts but a world of knowledge, economic and scientific information, research fruit of its professional’ experience and thoughts. Today we can strongly say that our project is designated to all, a starting point for the new information era of the economy in order to give to the society an ethical code for the elaboration of not only laws, but sustainable institutions, for introduction of rules by eliminating obstacles.

ASET has implemented with success more than 45 projects without or with the collaboration of other institutions like: Government of Albania, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Albanian Development Fund, SOROS Foundation, World Bank (WB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Development Association (IDA), Southeast Europe Enterprise Development (SEED), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Global Development Network (GDN), US Embassy, Brookings Institution, International Organization for Migration, United Nations Development Fund for Women, Development & Training Services, Inc. (dTS), etc.

ASET has produced, translated and published in Albanian and English language more than 20 titles of books, booklets, manuals, etc. During its activity has published more than 30 studies, reports, articles in local and international magazines, newspapers written by scholars, senior economists, bankers, member or collaborators of ASET.

Among ASET publications could be mentioned the following selected documents:

  • Public Relationships of Tax Administration
  • Questionnaire Survey Manual
  • What Businesses Operating in Albania Need to Know
  • Harmonization of Social Policies with Educational Policies
  • The challenges of local businessmen participation in strategic sector privatization
  • Lessons and Recommendations for Improvement: Central and Eastern European Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Fiscal Decentralization and Grant Transfers: A Critical Perspective.

Mission

Our mission is to provide objective economic analysis and to promote constructive solutions to the challenges of transition, reform, integration and development in order to improve the socio-economic well-being of societies.

Objectives

The focus of ASET is addressing acute problems encountered in the course of development during transition, with a particular attention on economic progress and social welfare, namely:

  • Sustainable economic growth;
  • Advanced banking and financial sector;
  • Developed private sector, especially SME-s;
  • Improved legislative framework, from drafting to implementation;
  • Better-quality health and education services;
  • Social care and welfare;
  • Functional infrastructure;
  • Urban and rural development;
  • Protected environment;
  • Recognized country cultural and tourism attraction;
  • More efficient & transparent government practices;
  • Coordinated and shared authority from central to local government;
  • Increased participatory role of stakeholders in drafting, implementing, and monitoring public policies.

The objectives of ASET shall be achieved through the following activities:

  1. Organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, joint working groups;
  2. Providing training in matters of economic progress and social welfare;
  3. Disseminating information relevant to the activities of the ASET goals;
  4. Developing and promoting international standards for research.
  5. Assisting decision-making processes of public interests by providing information to decision-makers and the general public.

ASET has a vibrant and unique personality, defined and guided by these values: 

  • Integrity is fundamental to all that we do. We recognize that our most valuable assets are our team members and their reputation for quality and integrity. Our culture emphasizes the importance of the highest standards of ethics from all our team members, everywhere, and in everything we do.
  • A passion for client-focused and creative solutions that meet or exceed each client’s specific needs and expectations.
  • A commitment to the highest standards. We remain committed to the highest standards of methodological rigor, so as to generate the most reliable and effective reports available from any source.
  • Building and maintaining long-term relationships. We value long-term relationships with our clients. Therefore, we invest in a strategic understanding of each client’s business, so as to exceed our clients’ expectations and anticipate their changing needs.
  • A culture of success and pride. We strive to be an organization to which our people are proud to belong. We set ambitious but realistic goals for our team members, provide them with support and opportunities for professional development, and recognize and reward their accomplishments.
  • A supportive and rewarding work environment. We believe in nurturing a warm, progressive work environment that creates the highest levels of professionalism and integrity, supports creativity and interaction, and encourages openness and continuous learning.
  • Diversity. We believe in equal opportunities for all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, national origins and personal creed. We value our diversity and the unique skills that all our team members bring